STARTALK is a federal grant program funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center
at the University of Maryland. STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of US citizens learning, speaking and teaching critical-need foreign languages. STARTALK grants fund summer world language learning programs for students.
GVA-NG will be offering the STARTALK program in Mandarin Chinese and Russian. We have also decided to add summer language programs in Spanish. These are three-week intensive programs that are designed to move students forward in their language proficiency development. Students will study the target language for three weeks for three and a half hours of language instruction a day. Exciting activities will involve listening, speaking, reading, and writing and be centered around "Making New Friends Around the World". A minimum of 10 kids per class is needed. Snacks will be provided.
The focus of our summer language programs include:
- Additional language learning and enrichment for students in an immersion language.
- Opportunities for virtual students to engage with peers and instructors in-person to help them transition smoothly back to school in the fall.
- Students who would like to experience instruction in a new language.
- Targeted instruction for students not currently at grade level in their immersion language.
All incoming 2021-22 Kindergartners are invited to jump start their language learning at our Summer Language Program.
We will also be offering tutoring in math for students that qualify based on assessment scores. Invitations to participate in the morning tutoring program will be sent out by next week via email. This will be a limited number of students that qualify for intensive math support.
Summer Tutoring and Language Program Schedule
June 7-June 25
- 8:00 am – 11:00 am Intensive Math Tutoring (by invitation only)
- 11:00 am – 11:45 am Lunch (Free for all students)
- 11:45 am – 3:15 pm Language Programs
Both the tutoring and language programs are FREE.