Students learn world languages in STARTALK academies

Students learn world languages in STARTALK academies
Posted on 07/06/2018
Anesa Redd, a rising sixth-grader at Brandon Middle School, said she’s been wanting to learn Russian for “a long time.”

“I just don’t really like speaking English,” she said. “It’s boring.”

“Boring” is not a word any students are using to describe their experiences in the STARTALK Chinese and Russian Summer Academies hosted by Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) for the ninth year.

The rising fifth-grade and sixth-grade participants use words like “fun” and “amazing” when talking about the summer program’s classroom activities, field trips and teachers.

Anna Tichenor attended STARTALK last summer when she was a student at Princess Anne Elementary.

“It was fun, especially with Ms. Wang because we did all kinds of fun activities and learned tai chi,” she said.

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