2019 STARTALK Online Pre-AP Summer Program

Ponddy Education will partner with Mandarin Institute to offer STARTALK PRE-AP Program. 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. The STARTALK award lets us offer this program tuition FREE to students.

This summer program will provide 100 students from across the US the opportunity to strengthen their Chinese language skills whether in preparation for an AP Chinese course or simply to improve their Chinese. The online learning environment is powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology that incorporates the best strategies for second language acquisition which makes learning Chinese more efficient, effective and engaging.

Through the theme of Innovation and Invention, participants will learn about the Four Great Inventions of China (paper, gunpowder, printing, compass), compare and contrast American and Chinese ingenuity and progress through innovations to today’s social media, and explore the lasting impact of these innovations on our lives. Startalk Online Pre-AP Summer curriculum

Each day students will engage in 90 minutes of synchronous online instruction with a teacher and 3 other students in addition to ~ 2 hours of asynchronous learning activities which include independent, pair and group projects. Upon completion of the 50-hour program, students will attain intermediate-mid to intermediate-high ACTFL proficiency level and will have exposure to AP content and instruction.

The program is open to the following students*: 

  • Rising 9th-12th grade students who have completed a minimum of 2 years of instruction
  • Middle school students and graduates of Chinese immersion programs
  • Heritage students (weekend/after school) who are interested in pursuing AP Chinese
  • College undergraduates with intermediate proficiency level

*All applicants will be given a complimentary license to Ponddy Reader that enables comprehension of text and facilitates independent reading.

Students need to select one time slot for their daily synchronous online session Monday – Friday 

  • 9:00 – 10:30 am EST
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm EST
  • 8:00 – 9:30 am PST
  • 4:30 – 6:00 pm PST

Students must have access to a computer/laptop/tablet with a webcam and internet connection. It is recommended that students use a headset with a microphone for the best audio.

Registration Details 
1. Complete the registration form
Applicants will be notified within 3 days if they qualify for the program

2. Submit a writing sample and voice recording
Applicants will be guided on how to submit a writing sample with voice recording and will be notified within 3 days if they are accepted into the program.

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If this program doesn’t match your direct need, please visit Ponddy Tutors for more courses.

Please contact us at support@ponddy-edu.com or (408) 800-7798 with any questions.

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