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STARTALK Workshop
Join Mercy College This Summer for STARTALK: The Korean Language and Culture Summer Program - July 29 - August 16, 2019

Who should apply?

Students from all different language and cultural backgrounds who are interested in learning the Korean language and culture. 

Students must be in 6th - 8th grade (5th graders entering 6th grade are eligible).

Students should be at the beginning/novice level of the Korean language. 

Application available here.

A theme-based project will provide opportunities for students to learn the Korean language and culture as embedded in the family and school culture of Korean students. Participants will explore the 5 Cs and will be guided to the next higher level of proficiency from their entry level through the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. In order to achieve the expected proficiency level of Novice-Mid, various comprehensible input strategies will be utilized in exploring topics such as those listed below. At the completion of the project, the participants will collaborate to create digital stories to present what they have learned.

Communication
Students will practice their newly learned language skills with each other and with the instructors.  Working in groups, students will be able to communicate at a Novice-Mid level to create digital stories.  Students will also have opportunities to communicate with invited Korean speakers.


Culture
During the afternoon, students will participate in arts and crafts such as calligraphy and drawing as well as music and dance. We will invite a group to present a special Korean cultural performance. 


Connection
Students will gain diverse perspectives on functioning in actual academic situations through involvement in instructional activities that focus on geography, characteristics of Korean language, and school learning environments.


Comparisons
Students will compare students’ lives and cultural practices in Korea and America. They will express their preferences and state their reasons at their expected competency level of communication.

Communities
Students will participate in authentic cultural practices with members of the Westchester Korean community.


Topics for activities will be selected based on students’ interests and familiarity with New York State Learning Standard 1 Modern Language Checkpoint 1. Topics proposed and corresponding activities will include: 

  1. Personal identification through student I.D. card and passport
  2. Getting around: means of transportation, signs and instructions, location through Google Map search in Seoul
  3. School life through a virtual visit to a school in Seoul
  4. Meal preparation/eating/meal time interaction
  5. Entertainment through traditional or K-pop music
     

Sample Schedule

TIME ACTIVITY
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Opening cultural activities: greeting, exercise
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. New learning for the day: vocabulary and grammar chunks
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break, snack, and mingling with friends and teachers
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Hands-on learning experience: independent and group (drawing maps)
11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Break (moving to and setting up computer stations)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Teacher-guided internet search on Korean students' life and log on to the Lingua-Folio for self-assessment
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch/Activity Period - No access to electronics
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Korean cultural practice
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Wrap-up and reelection in English and organizing classroom

 

Lunch and Snack

Students will need to bring their own lunch

Snacks will be provided, but individual students will need to be cautious of any food they are allergic to. 

STARTALK 2017

Take a look through photos from our summer program.

STARTALK: The Korean Language and Culture Summer Program
March 24, 2017

Download a flyer for the program.

STARTALK Workshop Flier
Additional Information

Dates
Program will run:
July 29 - August 16, 2019
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Location
Program will be held:
Mercy College, Main Campus
555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522


Transportation
The STARTALK program will not provide any transportation 
Students must arrive and leave the facilities with their own transportation

Summer Job Application

Click here to complete our STARTALK summer job application.