WSSU receives $78,000 grant to offer STARTALK summer Chinese program

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has been awarded a $78,579 federal grant to offer an intensive Chinese summer language program for high school and college students.

The three-week program is a component program of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) and will be offered at WSSU’s campus July 7-26, 2019.

“We are pleased to bring the STARTALK Chinese Language program to students in the Piedmont Triad for the first time,” said Dr. Wen Xiong, an associate professor and program director for WSSU’s STARTALK. “With more than 1.4 billion native speakers in the world, Chinese is identified as a critical need language in the United States. WSSU’s Chinese STARTALK aims to address the shortage, increase the number of U.S. citizens who are learning and speaking the language, and prepare their global competence for the ever-changing world.” 

Thirty students will be chosen for the tuition-free nonresidential program – 20 high school and 10 college students. College students who complete the program will receive 3 credit hours.

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Originally published March 4, 2019.

 

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