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STARTALK: The Korean Language and Culture Summer Program

at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry
July 29 through August 16, 2019 (3 weeks)
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. from Monday through Friday

A Federally Funded Program (Free of Charge) for students from all language and cultural backgrounds (Grade 6-8)* to Learn Korean Language, Art, Music & Dance!

*Currently 5th graders entering 6th grade in the fall are eligible.

For application or information, please visit the web page
of Mercy STARTALK Korean Language Summer Program at

Language Teachers, Cultural Leaders, Teaching Assistants, and Volunteer Positions are available. Apply at

Any other inquiry can be directed to:

Dr. Mi-Hyun Chung at or
Dr. JungKang Miller at


Startalk Summer Program


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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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. 


Take a look through photos from our summer program.

STARTALK: The Korean Language and Culture Summer Program
June 12, 2019

Download a flyer for the program.

Startalk Summer Program
Additional Information

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

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

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.