STARTALK is a National Security Language Initiative that seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages. STARTALK offers students (K-16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify the best practices in language education and in language teacher development.
Since 2010, ALTEC has played an important role in the implementation of a $89,000 STARTALK grant awarded to CU's Program for Teaching East Asia. Entitled "The Middle Kingdom in Middle School," the program welcomes middle school teachers from throughout the US who come to CU to learn about creating and sustaining an effective Chinese language program at the middle school level.
In 2012, the Center for Asian Studies and ALTEC received a $75,000 grant from the STARTALK foundation, this time to raise awareness and interest for the Hindi/Urdu languages among high school students. The grant allows the CAS to offer a free 3-week intensive summer language camp that takes place at ALTEC. Edwige Simon and Mark Knowles of ALTEC are the two lead technology instructors, guiding the students through an innovative "Virtual Immersion" with Indian language partners using video conferencing.
The K-12 Foreign Language Technology Program is a series of Saturday workshops dedicated to technology integration in the secondary foreign language classroom. All workshops are held on the CU Boulder campus. To obtain the certificate of completion and recommendation letter, teachers must attend eight full Saturdays (6 Saturday workshops + 2 Saturday portfolio intensives). Participants may apply for renewal credits or receive graduate credit for attending.