Free Foreign Language Classes Continue This Summer

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Free Foreign Language Classes Continue This Summer at Lewis University

Published: February 7, 2018.

Lewis University again will offer STARTALK, a free four-week foreign language summer program featuring beginning Russian and Chinese courses. It is intended for high school students entering grades 10, 11 and 12, and Lewis students entering freshman, sophomore and junior years. The 2018 STARTALK program will be held from June 18 to July 9 at the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

The Lewis University Foreign Language Program, which has successfully coordinated STARTALK programs since 2009, received an $87,236 grant from the National Security Agency and the National Foreign Language Center for the 2018 STARTALK program at Lewis University.

Participants are immersed in a culturally rich target language environment under a theme-based curriculum. No previous language skills are necessary. There are no tuition costs for the students, but admission to the program is competitive. Those who successfully complete the program will receive three transferable university credits of foreign language.

STARTALK is a project of the National Security Agency, a multi-agency effort to expand foreign language education in less commonly 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, contact the director of the STARTALK program Dr. Serafima Gettys at or (815) 836-5544 or program coordinator, Rocio Rodriguez, at

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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