BOONE, N.C. — For the second consecutive year, high school students of the High Country will have the opportunity to embark on a virtual journey to Beijing and learn about Chinese language and culture through Appalachian State University’s STARTALK Program.
Dr. Xiaofei Tu, assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, received $89,815 from STARTALK — a project funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center — to host the Chinese immersion program on Appalachian’s campus from July 8–26.
Tu collaborated with Dr. Wendy Xie, associate professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, for the project.
Students in the program will receive six hours of formal classroom instruction each day and participate in several Chinese cultural activities, such as martial arts/Taiji, calligraphy, painting, Chinese chess games, Chinese singing and dancing, cooking, film viewing and paper cutting/crafts.
Rising ninth through 12th grade students with limited or no previous exposure to Chinese are eligible for participation in the program.
The STARTALK grant covers all program costs — room and board, tuition, textbooks and other learning materials — for the selected students.
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As the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.