USF World News

USF Startalk Chinese Program Completed with Success
August 24, 2011

The USF Confucius Institute collaborated with the Department of World Languages to provide a three-week Teachers Institute for K-12 Chinese teachers (August 1-19) and a two-week Chinese Academy for high school learners (August 5-19). The program is called Startalk and funded by the U.S. government. The Teachers Institute had 12 participants from various parts of Florida, including two from Ohio and three CI faculty. The Chinese Academy had 23 students from the Tampa Bay area. All participants received three USF credits supported by the Startalk grant. The program will improve the quality of teaching for some Chinese language teachers and motivate the high school students to continue their study of Chinese.

The Startalk grant was proposed by Eric Shepherd (as PI) and Kun Shi. The program was co-directed by Dr. Shepherd and Kun Shi, with support from the staff of the College of Arts and Sciences, Confucius Institute and Office of the Registrar. The curriculum was developed by a team led by Dr. Shepherd. The instructors were Drs. Shepherd and Xizhen Qin of the USF World Languages, and Ms. Peggy Lovro from a high school in Ohio. The daily logistics was coordinated by Jianghua Zou and Kun Shi of the Confucius Institute.