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STARTALK Korean Culture and Language Immersion through Gaming and Storytelling

2021-12-10 15:51
We are writing with information about an exciting Korean-language enrichment pilot program we are launching in the spring of 2022.

Korean Culture and Language Immersion through Gaming and Storytelling

The program is designed for high school juniors and seniors as well as for college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors.  We are reaching out to you both in your capacity as an officer of the AATK and as the director of Korean programs on the northeast to ask whether you might help us to get the word out about our program.

Korean Culture and Language Immersion through Gaming and Storytelling will allow students to explore Korean culture and strengthen their language skills even as they complete a series of exciting creative projects, including the development of their own game design template. It includes a two-week summer immersion at the University of Connecticut's beautiful flagship campus in Storrs. Except for a small registration fee, the entire program, including the summer camp, is free.

 The program is funded through a generous federal grant under the aegis of the acclaimed STARTALK program. STARTALK has developed cutting-edge pedagogical methods, training, and program-development support for critical languages for over twenty years.

 The program's primary goal is to enable students at a low-intermediate level to progress to intermediate-high or higher in a single year. It is perfect for anyone taking intermediate level courses in college or is a heritage speaker with basic reading and writing skills.

Korean Culture and Language Immersion through Gaming and Storytelling will be divided into three modules, each of which is built around the storytelling and gaming themes that connect one to the other. The spring and fall modules will be virtual meetings for 30 minutes to one hour on weekends, with the summer residential program taking place at Storrs campus from July 24 to August 6, 2022.  Students must commit to doing all three modules to be considered. For qualified students, the entire sequence can count as the equivalent of 3 college credits.

 The program will focus especially on areas that students typically struggle to master and on the different needs of heritage speakers and those learning the language for the first time thanks to individual coaching and small-group enrichment activities, especially during the summer portion of the program. By the end of this program, students should consolidate a very solid base as they transition to more advanced content-oriented classes in literature, culture, and media (typically the equivalent of minor- and major-level courses) or other advanced language acquisition opportunities including study abroad.

For more details, please consult our website https://startalk.languages.uconn.edu

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly.  Travel will also be covered for eligible students.

Best wishes and thank you for your time and consideration,

Jennifer Terni and Eun-Ju Shin

For more information regarding this website and news posting, please contact aatk@aatk.org

American Association of Teachers of Korean, AATK

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