Arizona State University provides an intensive, 3-week, 3-classroom-hour/day, non-residential program in elementary Russian for students from 8--12th grade from Central Arizona, bringing them from proficiency 0 to Novice Mid in speaking, listening, and reading. STARTALK students work in small groups in intensive sessions on the campus of Arizona State University and, by video uplink, with the faculty and students of Arizona’s concurrently running Russian language study-abroad program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Having STARTALK students work with intermediate students in Kyrgyzstan is part of the larger strategy of academic mentoring intended to steer students into the Central Arizona Russian Proficiency pipeline -- a network of high-school instructors and advisors, state university advisors and instructors, and Critical Languages Institute career and grant advisors working one-on-one with students to plot out pathways from STARTALK to high-school Russian, to NSLI-Y, to college Russian and Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) or the ASU Critical Languages Institute (CLI), to summer and semester-long study abroad with NSEP, Fulbright, or private funding, with the goal of supporting students through to advanced or superior levels of Russian by the time they receive their BA degree. Bringing together faculty and staff from high-school Russian programs, ASU’s Russian programs, and ASU’s summer intensive Russian abroad programs, ASU’s Russian STARTALK program will serve as a hub for Russian instruction and Russian study-abroad programs in Central Arizona and the southwest.
2017 STARTALK ASU Russian
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 to Saturday, March 31, 2018