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About the Swahili STARTALK Program

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The Swahili STARTALK program is open to all high school students (rising 9th through 12th grades) and undergraduate students. At a minimum, participants must be deemed college ready based on remediation free standards set by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. On average, successful secondary school applicants will have a minimum GPA of a 3.0 and ACT score of 24 or higher. Undergraduate students will have at-least a 2.0 cumulative GPA and will be in good standing at all previously attended institutions. The Center for International Studies will work with Student Affairs and The Office for Community Standards to conduct a judiciary review of all current students prior to offering a spot in the program.

STARTALK, whose slogan is “start talking,” is an organization that seeks to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. STARTALK awards funding for summer programs that focus on teaching these less commonly taught languages in an immersive environment and that follow their principles for effective teaching and learning.

Ohio University’s Swahili STARTALK summer program will also follow the five C’s of the standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st century: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. The goal of all STARTALK programs is to give students the necessary tools and knowledge to travel abroad to foreign speaking countries.

For more information, follow the Swahili STARTALK Facebook page.

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