STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. STARTALK offers students (K–16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development.
STARTALK is guided by six principles of effective foreign language teaching.
The STARTALK program seeks to achieve three goals:
- Increase the number of students enrolled in the study of critical languages
- Increase the number of highly effective critical-language teachers in the U.S.
- Increase the number of highly effective materials and curricula available to teachers and students of critical-need languages