2022 Heritage Language Symposium

Saturday, February, 12th 2022 | 9:00 am - noon (ONLINE)

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Russian Student Program 2021 - Dates Announced and Open for Applications!

We’re pleased to announce that students are now able to apply for the Russian Student Summer program (July 19 - August 13, 2021).

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2021 Heritage Language Symposium

Saturday, February, 20th 2021 | 9:00 am - noon (ONLINE)

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2020 Student Program Postponed Until 2021

A PDF of the message from the director can be read here.

Dear Parents and Students,

We have been diligently watching the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic across the country and world impact this summer's events and our lives in general. In discussions with our university administration, the Museum of Flight, and other experts, we believe it is in the best interest of our students, teachers, staff, and guest presenters that the 2020 UW STARTALK Russian in the Sky and Outer Space program be postponed. It was originally scheduled for 20 July 2020 to 14 August 2020, at the University of Washington in Seattle, and will be postponed until the summer of 2021, specifically from 26 July 2021 to 20 August 2021, and will also be held at the University of Washington. This was not an easy decision to make. However, it is obvious that it will be many more weeks before we would potentially have the information needed to allow us, as a program, to feel comfortable in having students, faculty, and staff on campus this summer, and we do not wish to keep students and parents waiting any longer. There are also well-published lingering logistical issues with our various professional partners off campus.

For any additional questions regarding STARTALK, contact Angelina McMillan-Major at Because our STARTALK grant sponsors have formally agreed to extend their funding and support through next year, early registration is now open for those who wish to plan ahead.


Paul Aoki, PhD
STARTALK Principal Investigator

STARTALK Russian Student Program Funded for Summer 2020!

Unfortunately, the UW STARTALK Teacher Program was not funded this year due to government budget cuts. However, the STARTALK team will continue to share resources on teaching Heritage Language students through workshops and our recent Heritage Language Symposium. Check out:

We would also recommend Seattle's STARTALK Teacher Program at PLU if you are interested in teacher certification in Arabic, Korean, Russian, or Spanish.

2020 Heritage Language Symposium

Saturday, February, 22nd 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Screening of OSCAR and Q&A with the film director Alexander Smoljanski


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StarTalk Workshop 2019

The State Eight: Our chance to Shine with TPEP and World Languages presented by Lynn Johnson

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Russian-language newsletter Колокол (The Bell) Features STARTALK Students' Work (Sep. 17th)

The annual Russian-language newsletter Колокол (The Bell) featuring works by first- and second-year Russian students of the 2018 Summer Intensive courses is out now! This year's issue also includes works by students of the STARTALK program-- "Russian in the Sky and Outer Space." These high school students are heritage Russian speakers, who are working on expanding their Russian to include STEM subjects. Essays about airplanes by Nicholas, Arseniy, and Polina are those of the winners in three different categories: beginning writers, proficient writers, and almost Leo Tolstoys. We hope that you will enjoy the students' writing!

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STARTALK Workshops 2018 (July)

The State Eight: Our chance to Shine with TPEP and World Languages!

Presented by Lynn Johnston

When: Wednesday July 11th, 2018 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: UW, Dempsey Hall (Room 102)

Cost: Free! And 3 free clock hours through the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT)

Audience: Workshop open to any and all K-12 World Language Teachers.

The State Eight: Our chance to Shine with TPEP and World Languages! We will discuss the eight criteria in the Washington Teacher Evaluation process. Ideas, activities, and projects will be presented for each of the eight criteria. Critical attributes for each of the criteria will be discussed and examples of how to move from a 3 (proficient) to a 4 (distinguished) will be provided.

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Seattle World Languages Fair (March 10th)

We would like to invite you to join us at the Seattle World Languages fair on March 10, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have a table with flyers and will be available to answer any questions you have about the STARTALK program or World Language education in Seattle. The fair will have information sessions for families, students, community members, and educators about World Language offerings in Seattle, World Language Credit Testing, Seal of Biliteracy, Dual Language Immersion, Community-Based Organizations, refreshments, and more.

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Heritage Language Symposium (Feb 10th)

The UW STARTALK program concludes another successful language teaching symposium. Language teaching colleagues from the University of Washington and around the state met for our third UW STARTALK-sponsored symposium on working with heritage language learners. This year we were again pleased to feature Dr. Maria Carreira, a national expert on heritage language teaching and learning from the California State University, Long Beach. The focus this year was on Project-Based Learning in the context of working with Heritage Language Learners (and Dual Language Immersion Learners).

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2017 Student Program Concludes

Posted: August 13th, 2017

We congratulate this year's students of the UW STARTALK student program. It was an exciting summer with plenty of Portuguese language learning and language use. Below is a video summarizing the student program experience for 2017:

2017 Student Program Closing Ceremony

Posted: August 12th, 2017

Below is a gallery of photos taken at the closing ceremony for the 2017 student program. Multiple guest speakers and four student group presentations were featured at the event.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Course

Posted: August 14th, 2017

Photos from instructor Anderson Sandes' course on Geographic Information Systems (GIS)can be viewed in the gallery below. In this course, students were taught how to use current digital mapping software to create some interesting projects relating to Brazil and Portuguese. Projects included mapping Favelas and Portuguese language Universities.

Digital Storytelling Course

Posted: August 14th, 2017

Photos from instructor Heloisa Machado's course on Digital Storytelling can be viewed in the gallery below. Two groups of students created impressive final presentations using what they learned in this course.

Cultural Activity - Brazilian Music Workshop (2017 Student Program)

Posted: August 5th, 2017

On August 4th, the students participated in a workshop with musician Eduardo Mendonça conducted completely in Portuguese. Student were taught the history of Brazilian music and learned to play various percussive instruments.

Info Session for Teachers and Students - May 18th, Thursday at 6:00pm

Posted: May 10th, 2017

We would like to invite you and your parents to join us for an information session for our STARTALK Portuguese Student Program. It will be held in Denny Hall, room 159, Thursday May 18th from 6:30-8pm: (map of Denny Hall). You can find information about parking at daily visitor parking information.

During the information session, we will provide details about the program, give a short teaching demonstration, and have the opportunity for students to register in person. Students will be able to register after a short interview with an instructor, submitting consent forms that we will have available, and submitting a $45 check for the registration fee. We will also provide light refreshments as students intermingle with both the teachers and other students.

Teachers are also welcome to attend, learn more about the Teacher Program, and get their questions answered.

Please let us know if you will be able to join us, or if you have any questions.

Meeting Friday, the 17th of February, 2017 at 7p.m. in Denny Hall Room 159, at the University of Washington.

Posted: Feb 13, 2017

Dear Startalk parents and students,

We are going to apply for the STARTALK grant for 2018. If the Russian community shows us support and involvement and we have adequate staffing for Russian in 2018, we are likely to apply for Russian.

We invite you to become involved. All parents who are interested and enthusiastic about the program and/or volunteering for the UW STARTALK Russian Student Program are invited.
The first meeting will take place on Friday, 17 February 2017, at 7p.m. in Denny Hall Room 159, at the University of Washington.
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Learn more about #RussianInBellevue initiative to create a Russian Dual Immersion program.