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!

You can find the latest newsletter and past issues here.

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.

Learn more about the event

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.

Learn more about the event

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).

Learn more about the event

2018 Student Program Instructors at Museum of Flight Astronomy Night

Posted: October 3rd, 2017

2018 STARTALK Student Program Instructors Dr. Eduardo Viana da Silva (Portuguese) and Dr. Svetlana Abramova (Russian) attended the Wells Fargo FREE First Thursday - Astronomy Night on Thursday, October 5, 2017. They had booths where attendees could learn more about the upcoming 2018 programs!

Learn more about Astronomy Night

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.

Student Program Visits the Challenger Learning Center at the Museum of Flight

Posted: July 27th, 2017

The Students pose for a group picture before returning to the UW Campus.
Students work in the Mars Transfer Vehicle to complete their mission using Portuguese.
Students relax after lunch at the Museum of Flight.
Students in Mission Control working to get the vehicle safely back to Phobos.

Student Program Capoeira Event

Posted: July 25th, 2017

Startalk 2017 Student Program - Capoeira Instruction from UW STARTALK on Vimeo.

Video of the Teacher Program's Visit to the Museum of Flight

Posted: June 18th, 2017

The 2017 UW Startalk Teacher Program visits the Museum of Flight from UW STARTALK on Vimeo.

Photos of the Teacher Program's Visit to the Museum of Flight

Posted: June 10th, 2017

The Teachers prepare to begin their day at the Museum of Flight.
Working on a problem in the aviation learning center.
Listening to a lecture on what the center offers for teachers.
Starting a hands-on pre-flight check.
Pre-flight check from in the cockpit.
A team of teachers inspects a wing.
Dr. Eduardo Viana da Silva enjoys working with the other teachers.
Another team checks the tail.
Inspecting the propeller.
Another team completing their pre-flight check.
Preparing to do the flight simulators.
In the Challenger Learning Center, half of the teachers listen to the guide about their jobs in mission control.
A succesful mission in progress.
The mission control geo team.
Careful work preparing the rover.
In the mars shuttle, everyone works quickly with mission control to complete the mission.

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:!/den. You can find information about parking at

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.
Click the link below for more information:
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Learn more about #RussianInBellevue initiative to create a Russian Dual Immersion program.

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