STARTALK Korean Culture and Language Immersion Through
Gaming and Storytelling Program
This program in Korean uses the themes of storytelling and gaming to engage students in a highly motivated learning experience. The program will allow students to explore their own interests and self-understandings within a framework of cultural comparison and deepening cross-cultural competence while completing a series of exciting creative projects. Except for registration fees, the entire program is free.
The program will be divided into three modules, each of which is built around the storytelling and gaming themes that connects one to the others. Students must commit to doing all three modules, including a summer residential program on Storrs campus from July 24 to August 6, 2022 to be considered for the program. For qualified students, the entire sequence can count as the equivalent of 3 college credits.
The first module, which is virtual, will take place on Saturdays during UConn’s Spring 2022 semester (1 hour synchronous contact, plus 1-2 hours of individual project work). It is about identity in culture, and community and includes a unit on perceptions and styles of gaming in Korean culture. The second module is a two-week residential summer program during which students will live and learn on UConn’s Storrs campus. During the summer module, students will create a game design template, develop their own story-worlds, avatars, and game rule seven as they explore the styles and roles of gaming and storytelling in Korean culture. The last module, which will take place during UConn’s Fall 2022 semester, is again a virtual module that meets on Saturdays. Students will be introduced to the techniques of digital storytelling as they create their own documentary, podcast series, extension of the gaming project, or works of short fiction (1 hour synchronous contact, plus 1-2 hours of individual project work).
The goal of the program is to enable students at a low-intermediate level to progress to intermediate-high or higher in a single year. It is perfect for anyone taking intermediate Korean, who is a heritage speaker with basic reading and writing skills, or someone who speaks Korean and has attended Korean Saturday School. The program will focus especially on areas that students typically struggle to master. It will also concentrate on the different needs of heritage speakers and those learning the language for the first time through individual coaching and small-group enrichment, especially during the summer portion of the program. By the end of this program students should consolidate a very solid base as they transition to more advanced content-oriented classes in literature, culture, and media (typically the equivalent of minor- and major-level courses) or other advanced language acquisition opportunities including study abroad.
Note: Except for a small registration fee, the program is free of charge (including the summer residential program at UConn), but all students must commit to completing all three modules in order to be considered.
The application portal will be open by November 5th at the following address: https://startalk.languages.uconn.edu Program dates:
• Module One: January 22, 2022 - April 23, 2022 - One hour virtual class that will take place every Saturday from January – April
• Module Two: July 24, 2022 - August 6, 2022 - Pre-College Summer, a residential program on UConn’s Storrs campus (the weekend of July 30 is included)
• Module Three: September 2022 - December 2022 - One hour virtual class that will take place every Saturday from September - December
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