Register for the 2016 Summer Technology Institute

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NOVASTARTALK is a summer institute located right outside Washington D.C. Our workshops are designed to help teachers refine their use of technology and 21st century language pedagogy in the official STARTALK languages. In the face-to-face program, teachers of less-commonly-taught languages (Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu) create technology-enhanced activities to expand the curriculum presently in place in their schools. We emphasize technology to support standards-based language learning and target-language use.

This year’s institute will be at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (Travel Information). Classes are held from 9am – 5pm with a one-hour lunch break.  Students will have access to the labs to allow ample time for project creation.

STARTALK teachers work in teams during the workshops and continue to collaborate during the school year at conferences, through the use of wikis and blogs, and on our website ( The NOVASTARTALK team of faculty has been in place since the very beginning of STARTALK. If you are looking for strategies to use in the classroom or to enhance the technology use in another STARTALK program, this program is ideal. Hurry, as participant slots will go fast. For information, contact Laura Franklin ( Register today to secure your spot.

New to NOVASTARTALK + Beginner Technology User
Register for Session One
June 13-17, 2016


Registration Form

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Select a Session
If you are brand new to NOVASTARTALK and a beginner technology user, you can select either Session 1, or both Session 1 and 2. Returning participants and intermediate/advanced users of technology should select Session 2 ONLY. If you have questions about which session you should register for, please email us at
Non-local attendees are eligible for a residential stipend.

Cancellation Agreement

NOVASTARTALK has a limited number of seats, and we have had to close our registration due to overwhelming interest in the program every year. Occasionally, we have cancellations, but because instructors do not notify us in time, we aren't left with enough time to bring in teachers on the wait list. Please nore that if you reserve your spot and can no longer attend, we require that you notify us right away and NO LATER THAN A WEEK BEFORE THE START OF YOUR SESSION. We thank you for your cooperation!

Residential Stipend Application

If you live at least two hours outside the Washington metropolitan area, you may apply for a residential stipend that will partially fund your NOVASTARTALK travel. The stipend amount offered will depend on the participant need (distance travelled) and availability of funds. Funds must be used for housing, transportation, meals and incidentals.

How to Apply
To apply for this stipend, you must agree to all of the terms below and submit a budget of no more than $800, which must be applied to travel expenses. Expenditures above the stipend amount will be the responsibility of the participant. Receipts will be required.