2019 Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy

June 17-July 12, 2019

If you are an Ohio high school student, the Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy is an opportunity for you to start on your way to advanced-level proficiency in the critical-need languages of Chinese and Russian. Talk to your parents and guidance counselor about this unique opportunity and apply to the Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy at Kent State University!

Ohio high school students attending non-public or private schools or who are home-schooled must apply to the State of Ohio to have their participation funded under CCP.

High school students living outside the state of Ohio who are interested in attending the summer portion of the Kent State Foreign Language Academy should contact the program director, Dr. Brian Baer, at for details.


About the FLA

  • The program is intended for students with no prior knowledge of Chinese and Russian
  • The program is entirely free!
  • Students can receive up to 4 college credits
  • Students live and study together in the Kent State Honors College (Johnson/Stopher Halls)
  • Students study in a supportive, culture-rich environment
  • Teachers are experienced professionals from local colleges and universities
  • Students are provided with a laptop computer and all necessary software for the course of the program
  • Students must participate in a follow-up academic year session consisting of distance learning and monthly Saturday sessions


The academic year session is administered and funded by the College Credit Plus program (CCP).


Schedule of mandatory Saturday sessions during academic year 2019-20 for the 2019 FLA:

September 14, October 12, November 9, December 7, January 18, February 15, March 14, April 11, and May 9.

Schedule of mandatory Saturday sessions during academic year 2018-19 for the 2018 FLA:

September 15, October 13, November 10, December 8, January 19, February 16, March 16, April 13, and May 11.


FLA alumni have gone on to study these languages at the intermediate level at such colleges and universities as Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Oberlin, Kenyon College, Ohio State, University of Texas at Austin, and Kent State. See what FLA alumni have to say about the Academy:

I learned with what methods I learn best. I also learned the vast number of opportunities with foreign languages that I did not know about before and want to take part in.

I learned that I can be good at languages.

I learned that I truly can learn languages at a fast rate.

It's not an easy thing to learn a language, but it's one of the most rewarding and useful things one can do.

I am prepared for college and have formed good habits and a good attitude about academics. Having lived with my peers, I would say I am more ready than other students my age.

I think that the academy showed me more of what I can be capable of when pushed to do so.



  1. Before you start on the application, read the Program Description first.
  2. After you have read the Program Description, download and complete the following forms:
    1. Application Checklist
    2. Application Form including Recommendation Forms
    3. Permission for Required Notifications and Financial Responsibility Agreement
  3. Return completed forms in hard copy as directed no later than April 15th.  Application materials postmarked after this date, will not be considered

Successful applicants will be notified by May 1st.

If you have additional questions, contact FLA director Dr. Brian Baer at

Would you like to work as a peer mentor for this year's Foreign Language Academy? Download the application below, complete, and submit to Dr. Brian Baer ( no later than April 15, 2019.

Peer Mentor Application

No teacher academy is planned for 2019. Information about the 2016 teacher academy is below.

July 7-16, 2016

The 2016 STARTALK Teacher Leadership Academy for K-12 teachers of Chinese and Russian is designed to expose participating teachers to a variety of technologies to facilitate twenty-first century learning. 

The Teacher Leadership Academy offers participating teachers the following benefits at no cost to the individual:

  • Three graduate-level credit hours from Kent State University
  • Use of a laptop with all relevant foreign language software for the duration of Teacher Academy
  • Room and board for the duration of the Teacher Academy
  • Opportunity to observe and participate in the 2016 Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy, a summer immersion program for local high school students

The Academy recognizes that in addition to the issues faced by all foreign language teachers, teachers of critical languages share some unique challenges, such as non-Roman scripts and longer time to proficiency. Moreover, many teachers of critical languages work part-time in more than one school and with administrators and colleagues who have little experience with critical languages, and may feel isolated as a result. Therefore, the Academy seeks to provide participating teachers with a supportive learning community composed of their fellow teachers of Chinese and Russian. The 2016 Academy builds on the foundation of the successful 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Kent State STARTALK Teacher Leadership Academies.


Download the Teacher Academy Application as a Word file. Submit completed applications by email to Theresa Minick at

If you have trouble with compatibility of the Word file, you can also access a non-fillable .pdf version of the Teacher Academy Application here.

Applications for the 2016 Teacher Leadership Academy are due by April 15, 2016. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until all spots are filled.

Teachers will be notified of their acceptance no later than (date to be announced).

If you have any questions about the STARTALK Teacher Leadership Academy, please contact FLA director Brian Baer at or co-director Theresa Minick at