STARTALK is a program of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI). The initiative seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the US.
STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages by offering 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, forming an extensive community of practice that seeks continuous improvement in such criteria as outcomes-driven program design, standards-based curriculum planning, learner-centered approaches, excellence in selection and development of materials, and meaningful assessment of outcomes.
See what STARTALK professional development opportunities are available for teachers this summer at http://startalk.umd.edu/programs/search?year=2012&participant-type=teacher
See what opportunities are available for interested students at http://startalk.umd.edu/programs/search?year=2012&participant-type=student