Gonzaga University bids farewell to its Startalk Chinese Program

After nine years of offering summer Chinese language instruction to grades 1-12, Gonzaga University is retiring its Startalk Program. The Department of Modern Languages and Literature was able to offer the program through the funding support of the University of Maryland’s National Foreign Language Center. Gonzaga succeeded in hosting one of the longest-running Startalk sites, beginning in summer 2009 and concluding in the summer of 2017.

We deeply appreciate the enthusiasm, support, and commitment of our partners in the community – students, parents, teachers, teaching assistants, volunteers, the Chinese-American community in Spokane, the Spokane School district – who enabled us to make the program a success. We are proud to have offered the program for nine years and to have had an impact on language-study in Spokane. Since our program began, the availability of Chinese-language instruction has greatly increased in Spokane with, most notably, the implementation of regular-year Chinese instruction at both Lewis and Clark High School and Sacajawea Middle School.

Startalk programs will occur this summer at other sites. Students and parents seeking a Startalk program for the summer of 2018 should go to the “Find a Summer Program” feature on the Startalk website.

Startalk is a component program of the National Strategic Language Initiative (NSLI). Learn more about Startalk by visiting their website.