Concordia Language Villages Receives Grant from STARTALK
Mar 11, 2011FOR MORE INFORMATION:
CARL-MARTIN NELSON, director, marketing and communications for Concordia Language Villages
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director, Concordia College
CONCORDIA LANGUAGE VILLAGES RECEIVES GRANT FROM STARTALK
Concordia Language Villages will receive nearly $300,000 in grant funding from STARTALK for its summer of professional development programs for teachers of Arabic, Chinese and Russian. This year Portuguese was added to the list of languages supported by STARTALK and a combination grant that provides scholarships to students and professional development to teachers of Portuguese was also secured. This is the fifth summer the Language Villages has received STARTALK funding.
“The competition for funding has become increasingly competitive. The goal of STARTALK is to have programs in all 50 states,” says Donna Clementi, director of Education and Research for Concordia Language Villages.
STARTALK began in 2007 with the intent to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not widely taught in the U.S. Its mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking and teaching critical need foreign languages. For more information see the website at www.startalk.umd.edu.
Teachers interested in professional development are encouraged to visit the Language Villages site at www.ConcordiaLanguageVilages.org.
Concordia Language Villages is a recognized leader in global education offering 15 world language programs. The Concordia Language Villages attract more than 10,000 participants annually from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Youth ages 7-18 and adults of all language experience levels can take advantage of on-site learning options ranging from a weekend to four weeks.