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  • Fauquier County Public Schools is proud to announce that our 2017 STARTALK Arabic and Turkish language will be offered this summer! Classes will begin on Monday, July 10, 2017 and end on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Students who participate should plan to attend the entire two week program. 

    The program will be built around the theme "My Journey." In addition to interactive language learning, the program will include a field trip, hands-on activities, and separate classes for new and returning participants. The day will be built around language, culture, art, dance, food, and music activities. We are excited to continue our use of instructional technology in the program this year, including language experiences using the I-pad, I-pod, and Smart Board.

    Due to a reduction in federal funding, daily lunch and transportation will be the responsibility of individual families this year. 

    2017 Program Theme "My Journey"

    Languages Offered: Arabic or Turkish

    WHO: Rising 5th to Rising 9th graders

    WHAT: Level 1, 2, and 3 classes

    WHERE: Bradley Elementary School

    WHEN: July 10-20, 2017

    9:30AM to 2:30 PM

    (Monday through Thursday, No Fridays)

    COST: $75 ($40 Deposit due at Registration)





  • Instructional Supervisor, ESL/World Language

    (540) 422-7024

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  • STARTALK's mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. STARTALK offers students (K-16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) launched STARTALK in 2006 and delegated executive oversight of the program to the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA in turn awarded a contract to the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland (UMD) to act as its subject matter expert in the implementation and administration of the program.

    STARTALK is guided by six Principles for Effective Teaching & Learning and has three main objectives:

    1. To increase the number of students enrolled in the study of critical-need languages

    2. To increase the number of highly effective critical-language teachers in the U.S.

    3. To increase the number of highly effective materials and curricula available to teachers and students of these critical-need languages

    Through the accomplishment of these objectives, it is believed that the U.S. will be better equipped not only to improve its international relations, but also to solidify its national security and global economic competitiveness in the years ahead.

    For more information, please visit the STARTALK website at startalk.und.edu.