STARTALK for Teachers

STARTALK for Teachers

Registration is open for a STARTALK program offering professional development for speakers of Chinese, Korean and Portuguese who are currently practicing foreign language or content area teachers or are interested in becoming dual language immersion instructors. STARTALK programs exemplify best practices in language teacher development, strive to form extensive communities of practice, and create credentialing pathways for teachers of U.S. critical need languages.

STARTALK Logo for student summer camp

The STARTALK mission is to expand the learning, speaking, and teaching of critical U.S. need languages.

Specifically, for this program, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, and Portuguese speakers in the Atlanta area who have a desire to teach their native languages in U.S. settings are invited to participate. This four-week program is a collaborative effort provided by CULTR at Georgia State University, GLOBE Academy, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC). Participants accepted into the program will have their tuition fully covered by the U.S. National Security Agency.

This program is an ideal fit in the Atlanta area because of the rise in the number of dual language immersion programs in the state and the need for teachers of critical languages in these programs. Currently, there are 37 dual language immersion programs in Georgia, with 4 in Chinese, and 1 in Korean.

As a result of this program, participants will be able to implement standards-based, thematically organized instruction; integrate target language culture into everyday instruction; and provide instruction in the target language that is student centered and engaging. This four-week program consists of 120 instructional hours.


For this portion of the STARTALK program, teacher participants will have the opportunity to peek inside of a live classroom through Adobe Connect™ Meeting. Adobe Connect™ is a live online conference for multiple users. The links in the Chinese, Portuguese, and Korean drop-down menus below are individual meeting rooms for each classroom. To access a classroom, please contact a STARTALK coordinator for the password and follow these steps.