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Literacy, Culture, & Language Education

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Working Papers in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education logoSTARTALK 2013 program invites applicants for teacher training for Arabic, Chinese, Persian, and Turkish


  • To train teachers of the critical languages, Arabic, Chinese, Persian, and Turkish, in strategies to teach languages to young learners and establish programs in community settings.
  Martha's StartTalk group


  • Participate in an intense residential, professional development institute with on-line learning pre- and post-institute (readings, responses and final project completion). 
  • Learn how to teach languages to Pre-K to grade 6 youngsters using cutting edge age-appropriate teaching methods.
  • Design creative vibrant lessons, materials, & developmentally appropriate assessment.
  • Gain strong skills in community language advocacy & twice weekly afternoon practicum experiences at community-based sites such as the public library, preschools & Girls Inc.
  • Receive up to six credits for two courses language teaching Methods & Practicum


  • Current and prospective teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Persian, or Turkish who wish to learn age-appropriate teaching methods for young learners in a community setting
  • University graduate or undergraduate students of Arabic, Chinese, Persian, or Turkish who wish to add teaching credentials to their portfolio
  • Class size is strictly limited to 10 graduate & 5 undergraduate students.


  • Online: May 13 – May 31, 2013   2-week online orientation and readings
  • Onsite: June 7 – June 28, 2013   3-week residential program (methods, practicum and project development) on IU campus
  • Online Projects due: August 19, 2013


  • Residential program - School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


  • Tuition for two 3-credit courses
  • Room & Board for out of town grantees
  • In-town transportation to teaching sites
  • Program materials including textbook

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  • For program details & application forms, please e-mail or call (812) 855-0447
  • For course questions, please contact Prof. Martha Nyikos, or (812) 856-8272


Application Instructions:

  • Download and complete the application form (MS Word) and save. Please see application form for directions and further information requested. Email the completed application form to Christi Jones ( 
  • Please write your APPLICATION ESSAY in English (maximum two pages) and send to BOTH Christi Jones ( and Prof. Martha Nyikos (
  • Name a community site/program in your area where you might teach. Please describe it. (e.g. library, youth groups, summer programs, day camps, daycare, scouting)
  • For any questions or concerns about application, please feel free to email Christi Jones ( or call (812) 855-0447. 
Extended Application Deadline: Monday, May 6

Application Form

PLEASE NOTE: This program is designed only for participants currently in the United States who plan on teaching within the United States and its territories.