STARTALK | Troy University



STARTALK was launched as a new component in the programs of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) announced by former President Bush in January of 2006. The initiative seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the US. Other programs under the NSLI umbrella include Title VI/Fulbright Hays programs of the US Department of Education, The National Security Education program of the National Defense University, and study abroad and exchange programs of the US Department of State (

STARTALK's mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critically-needed foreign languages by offering 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, forming an extensive community of practice that seeks continuous improvement in such criteria as outcomes-driven program design, standards-based curriculum planning, learner-centered approaches, excellence in selection and development of materials, and meaningful assessment of outcomes.

Troy university has successfully hosted the STARTALK program 9 years in a row since the summer of 2010.

 group picture of STARTALK summer camp 2018 with dr. jack hawkins 
dr. hawkins shook hand with one of the students 
the students in lion dance costumes 
the students during chinese classes offered in summer camp 
group picture of the students in fashion show of chinese costumes 
students performed ribbon dance during the summer camp 
students performed dragon dance during the camp 
students performed taichi dance 
students performed fan dance 
students sang chinese song during the closing ceremony 
students practiced dragon dance outside of bibb graves 
chinese paper cutting class during the summer camp 
chinese masks workshop during the summer camp 
students enjoyed food in Troy university dining hall during the camp 
a student with chinese traditional costume 
students obtained certificates on the graduation day of the summer camp 
students performed lion dance in the closing ceremony 
students performed chinese umbrella dance 
chinese teachers in the summer camp 

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