STARTALK Teacher Training and Mentorship Program for Chinese Teachers

Dates: July 18 – 31, 2015

Instruction: Patel Center at the University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620
Lodging: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, 12260 Morris Bridge Road, Temple Terrace, FL 33637

Teachers of Chinese who are teaching or plan to teach Chinese in Florida schools within the next year and who are US citizens or legal residents. Non-Florida residents are eligible to apply to the program but are responsible for paying the difference between resident and non-resident tuition.

$30 Application Fee: Registration fee to USF (for first time participants or non- USF students)
$375 Program Fee (FL Residents): Tuition (3 USF credit in Chinese Pedagogy), room and board, instructional materials and field trip. (Non-Florida residents, please contact Annie Tai for Program Fees.)

The USF Chinese Teacher Training and Mentorship Program is an intensive professional development institute for K-16 Chinese language teachers. The program has a core three-week hands-on training program that combines with pre- and post-program professional mentoring activities to provide fifteen in-service K-16 Chinese language teachers and individuals interested in teaching Chinese at the K-16 level the opportunity to enhance their teaching skills. Participants earn 3 USF graduate credits in Chinese Pedagogy. Tuition is subsidized. Certificates of completion are provided.

All accepted participants must sign and abide by the USF STARTALK Code of Conduct, Media Release Form, Medical Release Form, and Forms required by STARTALK Central.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I apply for the programs? And what is the application process?

Application Checklist: READ FIRST for detailed instructions of each step of the application process and materials needed.
Step 1: Complete USF Startalk Application and Reference Forms
Step 2: Complete USF Non-Degree Application (Provide Proof of Florida Residency)
Step 3: Complete Mandatory Medical History Forms (Mandatory for Florida Public Universities)

Is the $30 Application Fee refundable if I am not accepted?
No, this fee registers you as a USF non-degree seeking student and is non-refundable.

What does the Program Fee cover?
The Program Fee of $375 combined with a federal subsidy covers tuition for the 3 credit graduate course in Chinese Pedagogy, room and board, instructional materials and a field trip to a local Chinese restaurant for an authentic Chinese banquet.

Where will I stay and who would be my roommate?
All participants will stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott located just minutes from campus. Each participant will stay in a double occupancy room with another participant in their same program.

A hot breakfast will be served every morning and in the hotel lobby and a Market Place for snacks and supplies is open 24/7. For more information about the hotel, please click here.

We also require that participants in the Teacher Training program stay on site in the evenings to work with students during cultural and tutoring activities.

Where and what would we have our lunches and dinners?
Lunches will be catered and will range from sandwiches & wraps, to pizza, and of course, Chinese food! Dinners will be at the campus dining hall (all you can eat).

Upon acceptance into the program, medical and dietary restriction information will be requested from the participants and accommodations will be made when planning meals.

Will parking be provided?
Parking at the hotel is free of charge. We will provide a shuttle from the hotel to and from campus. If you elect to drive and park on campus, you may purchase a daily parking pass ($5.00) or use metered parking.

What will we do in a typical day?
Teaching and learning observations, lesson plan preparation, individual micro-teaching sessions with feedback from master teachers, debriefings on micro-teaching sessions, discussions of teaching techniques, materials use and materials preparation, leading and participating in cultural activities.

Will I get a grade? What is it based on?
Yes, participants receive credit for LIN 6932: Chinese Pedagogy, which is a graduate course that can be applied to the MA in Teaching Chinese. The course is graded based on the timely completion of assignments and quality of work submitted. Graded activities and assignments include reading response papers, a tone shift exercise, a constructing cultural context assignment, an eliciting student performance exercise, a varied feedback exercise, a teaching of classroom expressions demonstration, a full lesson plan, a written observation report base on the teaching of a master teacher, micro-teaching assignments, self reflection reports based on micro-teaching activities, the design and implementation of a group cultural activity, and participation in a follow up workshop.

Are the 3 USF credits from STARTALK transferrable to another university?
Usually yes, however, each university has its own set of criteria for accepting transfer credits; most universities will accept credits only from those institutions accredited by one of the accrediting agencies/commissions recognized by that university. However, they reserve the right to deny credit for specific courses. The receipt and evaluation of total transfer credit are the responsibility of the Office of Admissions at each university.

When will I know if I have been accepted?
Once all application materials have been received, we will review the application and determine acceptance. The number of spots is limited; therefore, it is highly recommended to apply early.

Other details, pertinent only to those who are accepted, will be mailed to participants once they are accepted. This includes: orientation information, help with travel details, daily schedule details, packing lists, etc.

All accepted participants must sign and abide by the USF STARTALK Code of Conduct, Media Release Form, Medical Release Form, and Forms required by STARTALK Central.