Important July Dates:

  • July 14-19

Summer Seminar 2017 in Santa Barbara is just around the corner, July 14-19!

2017 Summer Seminar Brochure

Register online now  for 2017 Summer Seminar. 

Registration only:  $650
Double Occupancy: $1,150
Single Occupancy:  $1,250

Already Registered and you want to pay? Click on the link: Pay for Summer Seminar 2017

Know a University student who is thinking about teaching a world language?  Use the Summer Seminar Student Strand Nominator’s Packet  to nominate him/her. He/She can download the Student Application  to find out more about the program.

View the Student Strand page here.

Important August Dates:

August  10  –  12,  2017

Third  Annual  Program  Design  Institute  (PDI)

Charlotte,  North  Carolina

The  2.5-day  institute  aims  to  enhance  the  long-term  effectiveness  of  community  organizations  and  their  heritage  language  learning  programs  through  training  sessions  around  four  main  pillars:  Recruiting/Developing  Effective  Teachers,  Program  Growth,  Best  Practices,  Measuring  Progress. 

We  are  looking  for  New  Teams  to  join  us  for  2017.  Teams  must  be: 

*  With  community-based  organizations  serving  mostly  heritage  and/or  native  speakers  of  one  or  more  STARTALK  critical  languages  at  any  level,  at  any  grade(s)  K-12

*  Teaching  STARTALK  Critical  languages,  which  is  one  of  these  less  commonly  taught  languages:  Arabic,  Chinese,  Dari,  Hindi,  Korean,  Persian,  Farsi,  Portuguese,  Swahili,  Russian,  Turkish,  and  Urdu.  Unfortunately,  no  other  language  programs  can  be  accommodated  through  this  STARTALK  grant.

*  Seeking  the  opportunity  to  extend  the  length  of  the  learning  program  from  a  weekend  or  summer  program  to  a  year-round  language  program.

*  A  group  of  2-4  people,  no  exceptions  (preferably  an  administrator  and  a  teacher)

*  A  program  that  has  hosted  a  STARTALK  summer  language  program  within  the  last  four  years  (preferred,  but  not  required)

Lodging,  meals,  and  institute  related  costs  for  participants  are  covered  by  our  STARTALK  grant  for  accepted  participants.

To  find  out  more  or  to  apply,  please  visit  our  website:


August 19 – 20, 2017

Academia  Foundation  (  –  MECA  (Multicultural  Education  Conference  in  Anaheim).    This  multicultural,  education-focused  conference  is  free  to  attend  at  the  Anaheim  Convention  Center.    The  conference  will  feature  presentations  from  some  of  the  world’s  leading  linguists  as  well  as  intercultural  communication  experts.    We  also  invite  teachers  to  give  presentations  in  any  of  the  following  themes:

  • bilingual education
  • TESOL (Teaching  English  to  Speakers  of  Other  Languages)
  • intercultural communications
  • school leadership  and  classroom  strategies
  • international film  and  culture
  • initiatives for  peace  and  sustainability

Key  speakers  will  include  Dr.  David  Nunan  and  Dr.  Kathleen  Bailey:  world  renowned  linguists  in  the  field  of  TESOL.  REGISTER  TODAY!  One-minute  online  registration: There  is  no  charge  to  attend.  Registration  form  must  be  completed  for  each  attendee.  To  register,  please  fill  out  the  form  from  here If  you  are  interested  in  presenting  at  MECA:  Teachers  interested  in  presenting  at  MECA  can  visit  the  website  for  instructions  in  how  to  submit  their  materials.  The  deadline  to  apply  is  June  16,  2017.  Please  visit  for  more  information  and  to  register  for  MECA.    We  look  forward  to  seeing  you  in  August!



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