Free Foreign Language Classes Continue This Summer

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Free Foreign Language Classes Continue This Summer at Lewis University

Published: February 24, 2017.

Lewis University again will offer STARTALK, a free four-week foreign language summer program featuring two levels of Chinese courses. It is for high school students entering grades 10, 11 and 12, and Lewis students entering freshman, sophomore and junior years. The 2017 STARTALK program will be held in June-July at the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

The Lewis University Foreign Language Program, which has successfully coordinated STARTALK programs since 2009, received a $74,405 grant from the National Security Agency and the National Foreign Language Center for the 2017 STARTALK program at Lewis University.

Participants are immersed into a culturally rich target language environment under a theme-based curriculum. No previous language skills are necessary for level 1. There are no tuition costs for the students, but admission to the program is competitive. Students have the ability to earn three transferrable university credits of foreign language.

Visit to obtain an application.

STARTALK is a project of the National Security Initiative, a multi-agency effort to expand foreign language education in under-taught critical languages by funding new and existing programs and to provide incentives and rewards for foreign language learning. The overall mission is to increase the number of young Americans learning to speak critical-need foreign languages by offering creative and engaging summer learning experiences for students.

For more information, visit or contact Assistant Professor LiFeng Hu, assistant director of the Foreign Language Program at or (815) 836-5319.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit for further information.

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