STARTALK: The Future Speaks Chinese
2019 Chinese Dragon Camp
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Previous years STARTALK program pictures:     2018     2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009

"Yes, I like the program, because it works and is fun, I learned much more here than in school..."

"I like the outdoor morning break and culture activities because they let me relax from the intensive learning and helped me understand the culture..."

"What I like about the program is that the teacher tried to not use any English during her teaching, but she let us understand before we went on, plus I am learning in a fun environment..."

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June 24 - July 12, 2019, Monday - Friday
For graders 4-12.    If you are under grade 4, please go to 2019 Chinese Dragon Camp for younger students
Residential spaces are limited. Please register it ASAP. Students who register our Study in China program have the priority to be placed in dorms
Frequently Asked Questions of Residential Students

STARTALK is the newest of the component programs of the U.S. National Security Language Initiative (NSLI). This program seeks to expand and improve upon the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not widely taught in American schools.

The Chinese Drangon Camp was sponsored by STARTALK program. This camp provides a standards-based, student-centered, immersion language and culture instruction that will make learning the language and culture fun and unforgettable.

Chinese Dragon camp has been offered at the School since 2005. It is the only such program in the state. In the past twevlve (12) summers, more than a thousand of K-12 graders from Maine, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington DC and Washington State joined the program. The feedback showed all campers enjoyed the experience.

After the success in past ten year, the school has received the grant award this year again from national project STARTALK program to provide summer teacher training program and student learning program for graders 4 - 12. This will ensure that we will have another successful year.

BCS's STARTALK program:
  • Fast-track to learning Chinese with standard-based curriculum
  • Immersion-based, language-intensive and culturally-focused experience
  • Advanced teaching/learning technologies
  • Three levels: beginner, intermediate and heritage, taught by experienced teachers
  • Three weeks and residential is available for students who live 50 miles away
  • Virtual exchanges and meaningful use of language in real-life contexts
  • Hands-on experience with cooking, arts, crafts, calligraphy, abacus, Tai Chi, dragon dance, and music instrumentation
  • Prize will be awarded to the students who do well in the program
  • Making friends and more

    Explore the Chinese history, culture and geography
    Learn the basics of the Chinese language
    Calligraphy, folk art, paper-cutting, and kite flying
    Visit Chinese restaurants and order food in Chinese
    Instructional field trips to Chinese community and other places
    Tai Chi (traditional Chinese physical and mental exercise)
    Appreciation of Chinese opera, music and instruments, and acrobats
    Create the Magical Dragon and learn the dragon dance
    Learn how to play music instrument, Erhu and Guzheng
    The "Ping-Pong Diplomacy" and playing Ping Pong
    Learning Chinese chess and mahjong
    Cook Chinese food, such as, make dumplings
    What was the earliest computer? how did it work? - learn Chinese Abacus
    Chinese positive philosophies - Confucius thoughts, customs and etiquette
    Use computer technology to write Chinese characters

    five master teachers and four teaching assistants will work for the program.
    The five master teachers are as follows:
    Dr. Suzhong Tian, Professor at the University of Maine.
    Ms. Jing Zhang, Certified teacher of Chinese; President of BCS; Director of STARTALK programs in Bangor.
    Mr. Lei Zhang, Chinese Teacher from Washington Academy.
    Ms. Bingyu Zhang, Chinese Teacher from Bangor Chinese School.
    Ms. Xuefei Jun, Chinese Teacher from Bangor Chinese School.

    Eligible to participate: Interested 4-12 graders
    Requirement: Letter of recommendation from a current teacher.
    Dates: Monday-Friday, June 24 – July 12, 2019 ( 6/24-6/28, 7/1-5, 7/8-12); 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
    Location: Peabody Hall, Husson University in Bangor, Maine.

    Media report:
  • 2013 Students Learn Chinese In Bangor This Summer Through STARTALK program
  • 2010 STARTALK: The Future Speaks Chinese
  • 2014/08/05 Our Students Study Chinese and Experience Chinese Culture in Huangshi, China
  • 2014/07/11 Students bringing a piece of Bangor to sister city in Harbin, China
  • 2012/02/27 Chinese exchange program expands for students, teachers, principals in Maine
  • 2011/08/07 我在冰城有个“家” (Our NSLI-Y's Students in Harbin, China)

  • Register:
    Please download the registration form and rerurn it to: 53 Cumberland Street, Bangor, Maine 04401. For more information, please call Jing at (207) 990-0710; or email us at First come first serve base, so register early!Fees can't be refunded after confirmed.

    Lunch & snacks:
    Food is energy to a camper. We offer lunch (Chinese food) and snacks to children: dumplings, noodles, rice, dishes, fruits, and drinks.

    Chinese traditional style (Tang dynasty) clothes and made of silk with different colors.

    What our campers talked about the camp:
    "Learn Chinese language, explore Chinese culture, enjoy Chinese food and wear Chinese traditional clothes--all about Chinese for three weeks! I enjoy everything! It is really cool!!"---Campers of 2007

    For children to learn a foreign language, the younger the better!