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Landmark in Turkey

STARTALK will return in July 2023!

  • There will be no 2022 STARTALK Camp.

    Summer Language Camps will be advertised on the  FLEX page.

  • FCPS1 STARTALK Environmental Explorers will return in 2023

    During this Arabic language program

    Participants will explore environmental factors that affect the people, animals, land, and climate of regions where Arabic is spoken.

    The program fee will include


    ** Transportation (for Fauquier County Residents) **

    Details will be made available in the winter of 2023





  • 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