This STARTALK language and culture camp focuses on fostering language acquisition, intercultural understanding, and a desire for international travel. During the camp, students will learn basic communicative writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills in classes taught using immersion methodology. The camp will introduce students to practices and perspectives of the Arabic-, Korean- and Chinese-speaking world, as well as the leadership skills that will enable them to become local youth leaders with a global perspective. Students will learn through classroom activities, guest speakers, music, and field trips. The last day of the camp will feature student performances in a culminating showcase for classmates, family, and community members.
The camp will take place during the last three weeks of July 2020. Thanks to a generous grant from STARTALK, all expenses including tuition and lunch will be covered during the camp day of 9am – 3pm. Students are responsible for paying a non-refundable $25 registration due after acceptance to the camp.
STARTALK is a national project funded by the National Security Agency. STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical-need languages, with programs nationwide for students (K-16) and teachers. Learn more at https://startalk.umd.edu
Accepted students and their family members will be invited to attend our Family Orientation Night. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet the camp staff, ask questions, and learn more about our organization and our summer camp. Once accepted, we will notify you about the 2019 orientation date.
Because the camp is of such short duration, OWN enforces a very strict attendance policy. Your teachers and peers will expect 100% participation from you throughout the camp. Missing just one day is the equivalent of missing 1.5 weeks of class during the regular school year. Although we understand that unexpected things sometimes come up (illness, family emergencies, etc.), our policy is that students who miss more than three days of the camp will be asked to withdraw from the program.
We also require that you be present on the first two days of the camp, as well as the last two days of the camp. No exceptions will be made, even for illness or any other reason. If you miss the first day or second day of the camp, then we will select a student from the wait list to take your spot. If you already know of other summer plans that may conflict with this policy, then we ask that you rearrange your other plans in order to accommodate our camp schedule.