STARTALK* 2023 Korean Language Immersion Program

STARTALK is a federal grant program funded by the National Security Agency. STARTALK funds innovative programs with strong language learning outcomes for K-14 learners in the following critical needs languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Russian.
  • Increase the number of students enrolled in the study of critical languages
  • Increase the number of highly effective critical language teachers in the U.S.
  • Increase the number of highly effective materials and curricula available to teachers and students of critical need languages

Korean American Center is proud to be part of this highly selection national STARTALK network of programs to promote Korean language learning in the United States.


The application does not guarantee admission. Students who attended our 2022 summer camp and existing program will be given priority for the 2023 STARTALK program. 

The Korean American Center will host a STARTALK Korean Immersion Program for  6th – 9th graders. This year-long program is a unique opportunity that will provide novice high level Korean learners with an amazing and intensive linguistic and cultural experience that can open doors for college and career opportunities in a 21st-century global economy. 

Under the program theme of “Our Food, Our Heritage” learners will explore foundational aspects of Korean society and find a connection with “Woori” (We/Our), a ubiquitous Korean concept signifying community and unity. Students will examine the past and its influence on the present and understand how Korean culture has affected the language. Through project-based activities, learners will gain a deeper understanding by exploring the connections between culture, food, and language. This year-long program will begin with 2-hour weekly classes from January 8, 2023, to May 28, 2023, leading up to a 3-week summer immersion day camp. The summer camp will run Monday through Friday from June 19, 2023, through July 7, 2023 (3-weeks total) from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Post camp program will take place from September 9, 2023, and will commence on November 18, 2023, with an awards ceremony.  At the completion, participants will receive 132 hours of instruction and a Congressional Certificate of Recognition, and the opportunity to do an internship with the City of Irvine working specifically on Korean community outreach projects. Acceptance to the 2023 STARTALK program will be for the entire year.

2023 Program Dates * 

Winter/Spring 2023: Pre-camp Activities

  • January 8, 2023 – May 28, 2023
  • 2 hour weekly classes on Sundays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Summer 2023 Korean Immersion Camp Experience 

  • 3-weeks: June 19, 2023 – July 7 , 2023
  • Monday – Friday
  • 9:00 – 14:00 (9:00AM – 2:00PM)
  • No class July 4, 2023 

Fall/Winter 2023/Spring 2024: Post-camp Activities

  • September 9, 2023 – November 18, 2023
  • 2 hour weekly classes on Sundays 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

*Final schedule pending final approval by NSA. 

A total of 132 instructional hours will be completed. 


Application Due: closed
We may request an interview depending on the number of applicants.

Program Costs:
If accepted, tuition and most materials for this program will be provided by the National Security Agency.  Students will only need to pay $199 administrative processing fee upon acceptance. Students who attend our 2022 summer camp will have their administrative fee waived. There will be $10 application fee due at the time of application for all students. 

*Program pending funding from the National Security Agency. 

Program size will be extremely limited.


Newsletter #1
Newsletter #2
Newsletter #3
Korea Times (07/23/2018)
Korea Daily (02/23/18)
Korea Times (02/21/2018

STARTALK Media Page (videos and photos)

Students with exposure to Korean at home will learn and expand their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. 

Students will receive a letter of completion and United States Congressional recognition. 

  • Use Korean language immersion in the classroom to improve language skills.
  • Communicate in Korean in real-world circumstances.
  • Use vocabulary learned from real-world
  • contexts.
  • Understand impact traditional culture and values has on the language.
  • Foster an appreciation of their Korean cultural heritage and instill a sense of pride in their dual heritage.

 Class size will be extremely limited.  

STARTALK students experience ancient Korean sport with a hands-on archery demonstration.

STARTALK is guided by six Principles for Effective Teaching & Learning and has three main objectives:

  1. To increase the number of students enrolled in the study of critical-need languages
  2. To increase the number of highly effective critical-language teachers in the U.S.
  3. To increase the number of highly effective materials and curricula available to teachers and students of these critical-need languages

미주 한인 2, 3세 중학생들을 위한 2018 스타톡(StarTalk) 여름 한국어 교실

오렌지카운티 한미문화센터(Korean American Center)에서는 UCI’s Center for Critical Korean Studies와 함께 곧 다가올 2018년 여름, 한인 2, 3세 중학생(6학년부터 8학년까지)들을 위한 심화 한국어 수업을 개설합니다.

2018년에 진행될 스타톡 한국어 수업은, 학생들로 하여금 포괄적인 언어 능력을 기르고 한국어에 대한 지식을 집중적으로 쌓을 수 있도록 고안되었습니다. 이 프로그램은 언어 학습을 위한 세계적 용이성 기준에 맞춰져 있으며, 말하기, 듣기, 읽기, 쓰기 능력을 기르고 싶어하는 초급부터 중급 정도의 한국어 실력을 가진 한인 2, 3세 중학생들을 위한 수업입니다. 단, 학생 모집 인원은 제한적입니다.

특별히 21세기형 수업과 학습을 통해, 학생들은 실제 상황에 응용 가능한 한국어를 배우게 될 것입니다. 학생들은 과거와 소통하고, 그것이 현재에 미치는 영향을 탐구하게 될 것입니다. 또한, 가족들과 지역 사회 구성원들을 인터뷰하는 <지역 역사 비디오 프로젝트>를 통해 친구들과의 친목을 다지고, 가족들과 유대관계를 더욱 돈독히 하게 될 것입니다. 학생들이 제작한 이 비디오 프로젝트는 스타톡 한국어 수업 마지막 날에 그동안 교실에서 진행된 다른 프로젝트들과 함께 상영될 것입니다.

스타톡 프로그램은 다음과 같은 부분에 초점을 두고 있습니다.

  1. 한국어 집중 강화 교실 경험
  1. 실생활에서의 한국어 의사소통 
  1. 실제 상황에서 일어나는 문맥을 통한 어휘 습득
  1. 전통 문화와 가치가 언어에 미치는 영향을 이해
  2. 한국 문화 유산에 대한 이해를 고취, 이중적 정체성에 대한 자부심 불어넣기

*이름을 명단에 기재해 주시면 프로그램 등록이 시작될 때 연락드리겠습니다.

스타톡 프로그램이란? 스타톡은 미정부지원 프로그램이며, 메릴랜드 대학교(University of Maryland)에 있는 국가 외국어 센터에서 진행합니다. 스타톡 프로그램의 목적은 교사와 학생(K-16)을 훈련시키는 프로그램을 통해 주요한 외국어를 가르치고, 배우고, 이용하는 미국 시민의 수를 증가시키는 것입니다. 이러한 주요 언어들 하나로 한국어가 고려되고 있습니다.


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Posted on: May 1, 2022