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Chinese Studies Program Offers Area High School Students Free Language Training and Global Learning Opportunities

The Chinese Studies program in the Eberly College’s Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics has teamed up with the West Virginia Department of Education to offer high school students an opportunity to learn Mandarin while they become better global citizens.

STARTALK Teletransportation from West Virginia to Mandarin-speaking Areas is open to high school students enrolled in grades 9 through 11 as of Fall 2022. Participants will learn Chinese language and culture through activities related to science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The 16-month program is free to high school students and is funded by STARTALK, a federal grant program managed by the National Security Agency to promote critical language learning among the youth in the United States. 

It consists of virtual classes that will be held in Spring 2023, Fall 2023 and Spring 2024. It also includes an in-person, residential camp for students that will be held on the WVU campus in Summer of 2023.

Successful participation in STARTALK will increase students’ international awareness and intercultural competence. Students may also receive college credits for participating through the WVU Access Program

Enrollment is limited to 40 students who live in West Virginia and neighboring states and are interested in advancing their language skills and global experience. No previous Mandarin language knowledge is required. 

Dr. Ching-Hsuan Wu, an associate professor of Applied Linguistics and Chinese in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, is leading instruction. The instructional team also includes experienced educators from colleges across the country and local high schools.  

The priority application deadline is Oct. 15, 2022. Students can apply online. Please contact Dr. Wu for more information.

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