Mandarin Institute STARTALK 2021 Middle and High School Program


*We are very pleased to bring you the Mandarin Institute STARTALK 2021 Program!

We will be following the CDC guidelines and require families to adhere to these policies as well.

Please stay healthy and safe!

Program Dates June 14, 2021 to July 2, 2021
* Only apply if you can attend ALL dates. Significant financial resources are invested in each participant and only those who can attend and benefit from the entire program experience will be accepted.

Middle School Chinese Immersion 6/7 grade (for students who have attended elementary Chinese immersion program)
Immersion 8/9 grade (for students who have attended middle school Chinese immersion program)
High School Chinese III (for students who have studied a minimum of 1.5+ years)
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Location: Sterne School
838 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA 94108

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The Mandarin Institute in collaboration with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and STARTALK will offer a unique opportunity for ALL Middle School Immersion students and High School students with a minimum of 1.5 years of formal Chinese study to immerse themselves in a culturally rich and academically intensive Mandarin program. The instruction is task-based and student-centered. An immersion and multi-sensory language environment will be created to maximize the students’ exposure to Chinese language and culture.

Each day, students will participate in 5 hours of engaging language and culture study. A very exciting feature to the program is that every student will spend an additional 45 minutes daily online with their own personal instructor situated in China engaged in an authentic cultural learning experience that will enhance their language learning. This will be scheduled at home daily from Monday to Thursday after the face-to-face portion of the program.

Students in Mandarin/Cantonese immersion middle school programs or recent graduates can apply for the Immersion level. Cantonese immersion students must have completed at least one year of Mandarin instruction. Please note that instruction and materials are in Simplified form, but students can write in either Simplified or Traditional characters.

Apply if you want to:
 Strengthen your Mandarin skills
 Increase your confidence in speaking Mandarin
 Learn Mandarin but have a Cantonese background

Get on an accelerated track to AP level Chinese!

Nonrefundable Registration Fee*: $350
*The registration fee will be refunded if the student is not accepted.
Tuition: We only have room for 12 students per class. The program is free for these students, normally a $2000 value! Click the register button below to begin your online application.

Priority Registration for SFUSD students ends: April 2, 2021
After April 2, all applications are processed in the order they are received.
Application Deadline: Register early because we have limited spots. Registration will close when the program full.

ALL Middle and High School students from ANY school are welcome to apply. Applications are accepted based on date received of completed application and availability.
If your child has attended the program previously, please note that priority registration is given to students who have not yet had the opportunity to attend.

Please make your check payable to "MANDARIN INSTITUTE" and mail it to:
Mandarin Institute STARTALK Program
PO Box 320742
San Francisco, CA 94132

Please have your Chinese teacher complete the online form. You can email your teacher the form link
or download the form below for your teacher to complete.

 Download the Teacher Recommendation Form

Incomplete applications and applications received without the registration fee will not be processed. Applications are processed in the order that they are received.
Please contact with any questions.

The program is full

The STARTALK award lets us offer this program tuition free (a $2000 value) to a limited number of students. STARTALK is a component program of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) which seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the US. STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical need 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.