Yes. The program is designed to accommodate students who are complete novices and who have never learnt these languages before.
The program is only offered to non-heritage students who have no prior knowledge of the language.
Yes, the cost of the program (tuition, facilities, materials, guest artists and speakers) is covered by the federal STARTALK grant which allows us to offer it free of cost. The program also covers the cost of the computerized Oral Proficiency Interview. The only cost to participants is the partial payment towards the undergraduate college credit, which is optional (the program covers $100 of the course fee, please view the College Credit page).
We ask all our participants to put down a deposit of $100 to ensure their participation in the entire program. The entire deposit will be returned to students who have completed the program in full.
We will review all the applications submitted before the deadline and determine acceptance by December 17, 2021. There are only a limited number of spots; therefore it is highly recommended to apply early. Other details, pertinent only to those who are accepted, will be mailed to students once they are accepted. This includes: orientation information, daily schedule details, graduation ceremony information, etc.
The program does not provide lunches. Students can bring food or money to purchase food.
The program is accepting only students who in September 2021 started Grade 9, 10, or 11.
No. Only students who can attend the entire program (pre-summer session, summer camp, post-summer follow-up session) will be admitted.
In order to be considered for participation, all students must fulfill the eligibility criteria and commit to the entire program. We urge all applicants to carefully craft their personal statement as this will be given serious consideration during the selection process. We might also interview the applicants.
The program will start with a two-day in-person orientation session on the weekend of January 29-30, 2022. The pre-summer session consists of 14 90-minute online sessions taking place from January to May 2022. These sessions will take place either on a workday evening or on a weekday morning. The summer camp will take place June 20 - July 16, 2022 (dates TBC). Instruction will take place from 9 am until 1:30 pm with 30 minutes for lunch. The post-summer sessions will take place August 2022 - May 2023: each month, you will take part in two 90-minute online sessions and one three-hour in-person session on a Saturday.
All students will be provided with a clear assessment of their progress from the start to the end of the program. In addition to ongoing checks and regular performance assessments, all students will take the computerized Oral Proficiency Interview (OPIc) twice - at the end of the summer camp and at the end of the program. Self-assessment and peer assessment are also an integral part of the program.