STARTALK Middle and High School Chinese Program 2016

Program Dates July 11th to July 29th, 2016
Middle School Chinese Immersion
High School Chinese III
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: City College of San Francisco
808 Kearny St. at Washington St., San Francisco, CA 94108

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The Mandarin Institute in collaboration with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and STARTALK will offer a unique opportunity for ALL Middle School Immersion students and High School students with 1.5+ years of formal Chinese study to immerse themselves in a culturally rich and academically intensive Mandarin program. The instruction is task-based and student-centered. An immersion and multi-sensory language environment will be created to maximize the students’ exposure to Chinese language and culture.

Each day, students will participate in 6 hours of engaging language and culture study. A very exciting feature to the program is that every student will spend 25 minutes daily via Skype with their own personal instructor situated in China engaged in an authentic cultural learning experience that will enhance their language learning.

Students can register for Middle School Immersion where they are current students, has or is about to graduate from a Mandarin Immersion program, or has graduated from a Cantonese Immersion program and has at least one year of Mandarin study or High School Level III. Please note that instruction and materials are in Simplified form, but students can write in either Simplified or Traditional characters.

Apply if you want to:
 Strengthen your Mandarin skills
 Increase your confidence in speaking Mandarin
 Learn Mandarin but have a Cantonese background

Get on an accelerated track to AP level Chinese!

Nonrefundable Registration Fee*: $325
*The registration fee will be refunded if the student is not accepted.
Tuition: We only have room for 12 students per class. The program is free for these students, normally a $1800 value!

Our program has been oversubscribed. Please complete the online application and send an email to if you would like to be put on our waiting list.

ALL Middle and High School students from any school are welcome to apply. Applications are accepted based on date received of completed application and availability.

Please make your check payable to "Mandarin Institute" and submit it with your application to:
Mandarin Institute SFUSD Startalk Program
44 Page Street, Suite 401
San Francisco, CA 94102

Incomplete applications and applications received without the registration fee will not be processed. Applications are processed in the order that they are received.

Please contact or (415) 861-6863 for any questions.

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The STARTALK Award lets us offer this program tuition free (a $1800 value) to a limited number of students. STARTALK is a component program of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) which seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the US. STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages by offering students (K–16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development, forming an extensive community of practice that seeks continuous improvement in such criteria as outcomes-driven program design, standards-based curriculum planning, learner-centered approaches, excellence in selection and development of materials, and meaningful assessment of outcomes.

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