What is Startalk?
During June, 2014, the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas will offered a two-week STARTALK summer language institute designed to give secondary school students the opportunity to learn Chinese. The United States currently has too few speakers of this critically important language.
STARTALK is a federally funded program under the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a set of programs launched in 2006 to increase the number of Americans skilled in strategically important world languages, including Chinese. The mission of STARTALK 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”.