The Chinese Language and Culture Immersion Program is a crucial component of the Virginia STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy. Learners will participate in the so-called demonstration class in which excellent in-service and prospective teachers recruited nationwide apply research-supported best practices to teaching learners in a linguistically and culturally enriched environment. The teacher to student ratio is 1:1.5, and learners in the program will be engaged in a truly interactive, communicative, and innovative class featuring an integration of a wide array of authentic materials and instructional technology.

UPDATE: We have moved the application deadline to June 1, 2013.


The Chinese Language and Culture Immersion Program is created for the Virginia STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy (VSCTA), a three-week residential teacher training program that includes a classroom component from June 24 to July 3, 2013. In 2008 and 2009, the teachers in the VSCTA taught in the Virginia STARTALK Chinese Academy (VSCA) at the Governor’s Foreign Language Academy at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond. In 2010, VSCTA separated from the student program at VCU and moved to University of Virginia Grounds in Charlottesville. After five years of excellence and success, the 2013 VSCTA will once again be implemented on-Grounds at U.Va to benefit local high school learners in the community surrounding U.Va. The VSCTA has been made possible by US federal STARTALK funding to maximize capacities in Chinese language teaching and learning.


Rising 9th through 12th graders with zero or very little knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.


June 24 – July 3, 2013 (excluding Sunday, June 30).


Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and end by 12:30PM. Class will be held on Saturday, June 29.


A mid-morning snack will be provided.


The program cannot provide transportation services or parking. Parents and student participants are solely responsible for daily transportation to and from University Grounds. For parking information, consult: http://www.virginia.edu/parking


Each admitted participant is granted a $300 scholarship which waives the cost of attendance so the program is totally free for admitted students.


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