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  • REGISTRATION FOR THE 2020 STARTALK Program is open.

    Fauquier County Public Schools is proud to announce that our 2020 STARTALK Arabic and Turkish language program will be offered this summer! Classes will begin on Monday, July 6, 2020 and end on Thursday, July 23, 2020. There are no Friday classes. Students who participate should plan to attend the entire three week program. 

    The program's theme is "Startalk: Environmental Explorers". In addition to interactive language learning, the program will include field trips and hands-on activities. 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 to supplement language learning experiences.

    2020 Program Theme "FCPS Startalk: Environmental Explorers"

    Languages Offered: Arabic and Turkish

    WHO: Rising 5th to Rising 9th graders

    WHERE: Fauquier High School

    WHEN: July 6 - 23

    8:30AM to 3:30 PM

    (Monday through Thursday; No Fridays)

    COST: $50 --  includes instruction, daily lunch, field trips.

    Payment MUST BE RECEIVED five days after registration for enrollment to be completed. 

    Transportation is available to Fauquier residents who notify us by May 1st.

    Use the above link to access the registration form, then send a check for $50, MADE PAYABLE TO FAUQUIER COUNTY. Mail to STARTALK, 320 Hospital Drive, Suite 40, Warrenton, VA 20186.






  • 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