From the Confucius Institute website:
Startalk is a program funded by the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) through the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland. Its goals are to increase the number of qualified teachers of the critical languages, defined as Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu, and to increase the numbers of students studying these languages. See www.startalk.umd.edu for a complete listing and description of all Startalk programs.
Seattle Public Schools has 12 slots available for fluent speakers of the critical languages listed above to take the first 6 credits towards teacher certification in the state of Washington through Pacific Lutheran University’s alternate route program. Coursework will take place during three weeks in July 2011 at school district headquarters, the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, located at 2445 3rd Ave. S., Seattle, 98134.
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