Student Program: K to 3

The STARTALK Program is part of a federal initiative to enhance the national capacity for critical language needs. LMU’s STARTALK program goals are to offer participating students with experiences in discipline-based language instruction, including visual and performing arts and extended Mandarin language learning for young learners.  LMU maximizes current partnerships with public and charter schools' Mandarin elementary immersion programs. 

The 2021 STARTALK-LMU Mandarin Student Summer Immersion Program will offer a no-cost Chinese Virtual Summer Immersion program for current kindergarten through third-grade students. The 2021 program will be held from July 6 – July 20, 2021.  

Please note the following important information.

  1. This program is designed for students who are currently kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades and who will enter 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades in the upcoming academic year. Students from any school/district are welcome to participate as long as they meet the registration requirements.
  2. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and SPACE IS LIMITED! Completing a registration form does not ensure your child a spot in the program. Please make sure to meet all requirements prior to completing a registration form.
  3. Should you have any questions or need assistance with registration, contact the Center for Equity for English Learners at

For your convenience, you can fill out your application in one of three languages:

Teacher Program: Chinese Language Teacher Summer Institute

Pathway 1: Chinese Bilingual Teacher Education

The LMU Chinese Bilingual Teacher Education (CBTE) program prepares qualified Mandarin teachers to teach in both Chinese and English in K-12 bilingual immersion or foreign language classrooms.  Prospective enrollees can complete the Bilingual Authorization in Mandarin, concurrently with an Elementary Education Multiple Subject Credential or a Secondary Single Subject Credential. The CBTE program meets the California teaching requirements through a research-based curriculum delivered by expert faculty. Small class sizes, along with the support and guidance from the faculty, administrators, and staff, will ultimately lead to the certification of Chinese teachers eligible to teach at any elementary or secondary school in California and in many other states.

Upon acceptance into the School of Education, Chinese-proficient teacher candidates will take two pre-service credential courses (continuing Chinese bilingual teacher candidates will also take 2 courses). Our thirteenth STARTALK grant will provide scholarships for summer and fall tuition. To participate in this program, applicants must first be accepted to the LMU School of Education. Click here for the LMU Graduate School Application procedure.

Pathway 2: Certificate in Teaching Mandarin – Professional Development

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is offering a professional development certificate in Teaching Chinese in PreK-12 Classroom this summer, beginning May 2021. This hybrid (online) program is taught primarily in Mandarin by experienced and exemplary instructors and is geared specifically for Mandarin speakers and teachers in immersion, bilingual/dual language and heritage language programs for the purpose of increasing their instructional skills. Course content is designed for credentialed teachers and non-credentialed teachers who have intermediate or advanced skills in Mandarin. The 12-unit continuing education program of study is offered through a combination of virtual live webinar meetings and online activities.

  • Course 1a – Content-Based Instruction in Mandarin – 4 units (New Scholars) 
  • Course 1b – Content-Based Instruction in Mandarin – 2 units  (Returning Scholars Only)
  • Course 2 – Practicum in Teaching Mandarin – 1 unit (New Scholars) 
  • Course 3ab – Assessment Principles for Language Learning – 4 units (New Scholars) 
  • Course 3b – Assessment Principles for Language Learning – 1 unit (Returning Scholars Only)
  • Course 4 – Chinese Grammar Pedagogy – 3 units (New Scholars) 

Credentialed and non-credentialed and heritage language teacher candidates will complete this 4 hybrid course-series offered through LMU Extension for 12 credit hours. Upon completion of this Summer Institute, participants will:

  • Deepen knowledge and skills in teaching Chinese grammar (Chinese Grammar Pedagogy course);
  • Expand knowledge of content-based Mandarin language, with focus on the arts and movement education (Content-based Instruction in Mandarin and Methods in Content-Based Instruction); and
  • Apply new skills in content instruction in Mandarin and engage in reflection about their practices (Practicum in Mandarin).

To participate in our STARTALK teacher institute, please fill out our Teacher Application.

Read more about Teacher Professional Development.