STARTALK Chinese Summer Camp for MS/HS students


    Chinese Language Summer Camp Opportunity


    STARTALK 2017:  Monkey King Journey to the West

    Now accepting applications

    Registration Deadline April 28, 2017

    Location: Albright College


    Join us for an exciting 12 day intensive non-residential program to learn Mandarin language and Chinese culture. This year’s program enhances the Beijing Opera elements of the program plus there will be a three day workshop by Chinese puppeteer expert Zhang Hua Hua. Thirteen Chinese language teachers and artists will be providing a wonderful opportunity for students to work with experts in the fields of Chinese martial arts, puppetry, theater, music, and language.


    The Berks County Intermediate Unit’s summer language program, STARTALK 2017 – Monkey King Journey to the West, is funded by the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI). NSLI was created in 2006 to promote the learning of critical languages.


    Students will participate in hands-on experiences throughout the duration of the camp. A closing recital for parents, families, and community members to showcase student work will be held on June 29, 2017. The final day of camp, June 30, 2017, will be a field trip to New York City for all students who have participated in the entire camp program.



    60 Middle and High School Students-incoming Grades 7-12

    Chinese language requirements for camp: no language experience through Level IV


    -        June 10, 2017                     Virtual Camp Day: Students work in an online

                                               Learning Management System to prepare for camp


    -        June 13, 2017                      Pre-program Orientation: 6:30-7:30 pm at the

     Berks County Intermediate Unit


    -        June 15-16, 2017                 8:00 am-4:00 pm at Albright College

    -        June 19-23, 2017                 8:00 am-4:00 pm at Albright College

    -        June 26-29, 2017                 8:00 am-4:00 pm at Albright College

    -        June 30, 2017                      Field trip to New York City


    Cost: No Cost to students


    Camp Activities: Taiji, Mandarin Chinese classes, Chinese theater, magic, music, and Chinese puppetry.


    Please email, mail, or fax the student application, medical information and release forms, photography release form, field trip permission form, liability waivers, and a teacher recommendation (on school letterhead) to:


    Susan Calvin

    1111 Commons Boulevard

    Reading PA 19612

    610-987-8400 (fax)


    If you have any questions please email Susan Calvin at or call 610-987-8639. All forms must be turned in prior to the deadline for applications to be considered.


    Susan Calvin???

    Program Administrator Asian Studies Collaborative/International Studies Roundtable

    Berks County Intermediate Unit                        



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