Colorful Journey Through Ebru

YSMCS Startalk Turkish Language Program will offer 75 hours of instruction for 15 days for 40 students in 3-5 and 6-8 Grades through intensive language classes and rich cultural workshops and presentations. Students will experience Turkish language and culture through traditional Ebru Art. The program curriculum will be constructed around the traditional Turkish Arts – Ebru, Calligraphy and Turkish Folk Dances. Students will also engage in various task-based language activities to improve language proficiency. During the program there will be different cultural trips to help students indulge in the real Turkish culture. Field trips, hands-on student centered activities, catered lunch including authentic Turkish food, interactive language learning, and more!

Who Can Apply?

Who can apply: Students in grades 3-8
Dates: July 10 – July 28
Times: Mon – Fri (9:00 am – 3:30 pm)
Place: Young Scholars

Join us for the Orientation Day

When: Saturday June 10, 2017
What time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Where: 600 Newport Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15234
Refreshments will be provided.

STARTALK’s Mission

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. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) launched STARTALK in 2006 and delegated executive oversight of the program to the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA in turn awarded a contract to the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland (UMD) to act as its subject matter expert in the implementation and administration of the program.

STARTALK is guided by six Principles for Effective Teaching & Learning and has three main objectives:

  1. To increase the number of students enrolled in the study of critical-need languages
  2. To increase the number of highly effective critical-language teachers in the U.S.
  3. To increase the number of highly effective materials and curricula available to teachers and students of these critical-need languages

Program Highlights

  • No fee to participate, just first 30 application to be accepted as we have limited seats

  • Ideal for students with no Turkish or little bit of Turkish

  • Converse in basic Turkish

  • Experience Turkish arts like Ebru (Turkish marbling), Turkish Calligraphy and, basic steps of Turkish Folk dance

  • Learn how to make Turkish themed art and craft

  • Lunch will be provided (Turkish Style for some days)

STARTALK PROGRAM RULES