As a result of COVID-19, the STARTALK-LMU Mandarin Teacher Summer Institute and Mandarin Student Summer Immersion Program have been postponed until Summer of 2021.  Please check back in Fall 2020 for updates.  

Click here to learn about a virtual summer opportunity offered by another STARTALK grantee.

Student Program: K to 3

The STARTALK Program is part of a federal initiative to enhance the national capacity for critical language needs. STARTALK-LMU's goals are to offer participating students with experience in discipline-based language instruction, focusing on the Performing with Arts and Music and providing extended Mandarin language learning for young learners.  LMU maximizes current partnerships with public and charter schools' Mandarin elementary immersion programs. 

The following STARTALK-LMU Mandarin Student Summer Immersion Program participating school site is:

  • Castelar Elementary School - Los Angeles, CA

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. Please DO NOT contact the school site directly. Should you have any questions or need assistance with registration, contact the Center for Equity for English Learners at

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. Successful graduates will complete a 3-in-1 program: a Single or Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a Master of Arts degree in Bilingual Elementary or Secondary Education, and a Mandarin Bilingual Authorization.

Applicants admitted into the program will become part of a cohort, in which students will work toward the 2-year "3-in-1" program. During the second year of the program, students who successfully complete the coursework will be assigned to local elementary or secondary schools for the student-teaching experience. 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 twelfth 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 April 2019. This hybrid (online) program is taught 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 on-site, online, and video-telecast meetings.

  • 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 3abAssessment 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).

Read more about Teacher Professional Development.