STARTALK Chinese program

Eligible applicants

Middle and high school students (grades 7-12) in Nevada who have no prior knowledge of Chinese, as well as for students at various levels of proficiency.

Program cost

Free to all students. (Snacks will be provided during semesters for in-person instruction; a welcoming package will be mailed to online students; Lunch and snacks will be both provided during summer).

Course credentials

Students who have completed 60 hours of instruction accumulatively can receive 0.5 elective credits in Washoe County School District (WCSD); other school districts pending approval.

Students will have the opportunity to skip first and second semester Chinese (depending on instructional hours participated) through language evaluation to enroll in a higher-level Chinese language course at the University of Nevada, Reno (or other institutions).

Program timeline

  • Fall 2022: Marketing, Recruiting and Student Registration
  • Spring 2023: Meet once a week (1.5 hours) after school in person or online for 14 weeks.
  • Summer 2023 Camp: Two weeks, June 19– June 30, 2023, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday - Friday
  • Fall 2023: Meet once a week (1.5 hours) after school in person or online for 14 weeks.
  • Spring 2024: Meet once a week (1.5 hours) after school in person or online for 14 weeks.

Information sessions

Both in-person (Wooster High School, Reno, NV) and online Zoom live info sessions will be available to present program information and have interactive Q&A. Teachers, students and parents are all welcome.

Instructional team

Chinese teachers from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and Washoe County School District (WCSD) who have taught STARTALK Chinese summer programs at the University of Nevada, Reno in the past (2017-2019) and have endorsements to teach Chinese as a world language at the secondary level.

Program theme

The 2022-2023 program theme is “This is Me and My Community” with a special topic for the summer camp “Let Me be Your Local Guide.” Throughout the entirety of the program, students will engage in learner-centered and hands-on activities in the target language and interact with native speaker language partners to gain the authentic cultural experience and to be motivated to continue studying Chinese to the next level.

Program contact

For inquiries, please contact Lin Li Hall, STARTALK Program Director, Chinese Language Program Chair, Department of World Languages and Literatures, University of Nevada, Reno.