“I like hip-hop, rock, basketball, and bike-riding! He likes jazz, baseball, and singing. What about you?”STARTALK, Confucius Institute of KU
Make a movie! Earn a STARTALK Academy Award!
The curriculum focuses on exploration of identity through likes and dislikes. Students will learn to express their preferences in Chinese in music (including Chinese popular music), sports, activities and other areas and then compare their likes and dislikes with those of their peers in China. The students will work in groups to write scripts and film and edit short films, using FLIP cameras and easy-to-use software. On the last day of camp, the students will show their films at a film festival, complete with red carpet interviews and STARTALK Academy Awards.
This STARTALK program begins with eight days of instruction via IDL (videoconference technology and online instruction) for about four and a half hours each morning, and ends with two days of all day residential “camp” activities, during which student from all sites will come together to participate in fun activities. These include the student film festival, a traditional Chinese calligraphy workshop, traditional Chinese music workshop, and sidewalk calligraphy. In a culminating social activity to be shaped by the students, STARTALK participants will select music, interact (in Chinese!), write comments in Chinese in the Great Wall Chatspace on each other’s STARTALK Network posters, and play traditional Chinese games.