• The 2021 STARTALK Teacher Institute will be conducted online, June 23–July 9. 

For Summer, 2021, the Hawai‘i STARTALK Teacher Institute will recruit 12 in-service or pre-service Chinese language teachers nationally, for a 60-hour program exploring ways of implementing STARTALK “best practices” in online instruction. A cohort of 12 students will take part in classes taught by these recruits and the lead instructional team. For more details on the teacher institute and language classes for students, see the fliers below.

2021 STARTALK flier teacher

2021 STARTALK flier student



[Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 STARTALK program at the University of Hawai‘i was  postponed to 2021. We regret the inconvenience! ]

• STARTALK Teacher Institute returns to UHM

STARTALK is a component of the federal National Security Language Initiative (NSLI). It seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the US. Its mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages by offering students (K–16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development.

The 2020 Hawai‘i Chinese Language Teacher Training Institute will recruit 12 pre- or in-service Chinese teachers from across the U.S., for a 13-instructional day (91 hour) program led by a nationally known team of trainers.

Teacher trainees will be able to experience hands-on implementation of new techniques, assess the impact of their teaching on student learning, and gain new insight into how students learn. By the end of the Institute, participating teachers will be 1) comfortably familiar with the World Readiness Standards and STARTALK’s principles, 2) know how to implement these standards and principles in the classroom, 3) be comfortable with designing and implementing lesson plans that support the standards and principles, and 4) be able to self-assess teaching and make adjustments as necessary, using a growing arsenal of instructional tools and techniques.

The dates for the Teacher Training Institute are July 8–24, 2020.
2020  teacher application packet

Student recruits for the 2020 Teacher Training Institute

The Institute will also recruit 12 local beginning students, ages 12 to 16, who will learn Chinese language and culture through experiences designed by teams of the trainers and trainees. Student participants (no prior experience learning Chinese) will join the program and engage with the teacher trainers and trainees for seven hours a day (8 am to 3 pm, with an hour break for lunch), to experience a dynamic learning exploration curriculum.

The dates for student participation are July 13–24, 2020.
2020 student application packet

2020 Schedule & Itinerary

All participating teachers are expected to arrive at the University of Hawai‘i campus on Wednesday, July 8 (residence hall check-in begins at 2 pm), and depart on Saturday, July 25 (residence hall check-out by noon).

All student participants are expected to arrive at the University of Hawai‘i campus on Monday, July 13 (by 8:45 am prior to the start of the opening ceremony), and depart on Friday, July 24 (at 3 pm).

2020 STARTALK Cost and Scholarships

Participating students are NON-residential and are required to participate in all scheduled events during the duration of the program. STARTALK funding will cover these items for each student participant: tuition, daily lunch from Monday to Friday during the program, texts and materials, and applicable fees.

Participating teachers reside on the UH Manoa campus and are required to participate in all scheduled events, including evenings and weekends, during the duration of the program. STARTALK funding will cover these items for each teacher participant: tuition, housing, daily meals during the program, texts and materials, Honolulu-based excursion costs, and applicable fees. Each teacher participant is financially responsible for 1) RT airfare to and from Honolulu, Hawaii; 2) ground transportation between the Honolulu International Airport and the UH Manoa campus on your arrival and departure days; and 3) any personal activities.


Jialin Sun (Sunny)
Project Coordinator
Center for Chinese Studies
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1890 East-West Rd. Moore Hall #417
Honolulu, HI 96822
Office: (808) 956-2663

Donor Yen CHUN and UH President David Lassner at the soft opening of the Research Room

• Sun Yat-sen & Soong Ching Ling Research Room Opens at Hamilton Library

Private local contributions have made possible a research space on the fourth floor of Hamilton Library, dedicated to supporting the work of scholars focusing on the lives and work of Sun Yat-sen and Soong Ching Ling and their supporters in Hawaii. A small fund will offset research expenses related to the lives and work of Sun Yat-sen and Soong Ching Ling. For further information, contact

Original donors:
Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation上海宋慶鹷基金會
Carolyn C and Warren K K Luke 陸關祺、陸程惠君
Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation夏威夷孫中山基金會
Pearl Sun Lin, S. L. Lin, Regina Lin and Timothy Gavin
Tchang Family, Rose Sun Tchang, Lorna Tchang Alcala, Genevieve Tchang Frost, and Ted Tchang
Yen Chun and Dick Lum Ching 陳燕、程德林
Beatrice M H Young Foundation / Douglas Ho 何貴東
Chuck Yim Gee 朱卓任
Hing Lin Chang Foundation / Walter T C Chang鄭天照
Joyce Lee李舜怡
Cecilia and Gene Wai Doo
Clifford K.H. and Adrienne Wing Lau
Cornara (USA) Inc
Leland and Peggy Sun 孫國雄、孫秀蘭
Paul, Jane, Matthew and Margot Shang
Roger and Bonnie Ames 安乐哲、安良子
Sun Yat-sen Center Foundation 孫中山中心基金會
Christina Yuk Chee Ting丁毓珠
Douglas KT Ho Chartitable Foundation/ Douglas Ho 何貴東
Michele Ching Choy 程金秀
Roberta, Aldrin, Aldrinana and Robbieana Leung 梁王巧雲、梁耀源、梁巧儀、梁巧盈
Randy and Sonia Leong
Victoria Bolman Asayama
Kathleen and Michael Young
Jonathan Chuck 卓毅平
Adrienne Chuck 卓憶龄
Sau Chun Chun 陳黄壽珍
Amy Oi Man Chan 陳爱民
Cynthia Ning 任友梅
Brenda & Lawrence Foster 傅丝德、傅思德
Gretchen Jong
Myra Chow, Jay, Peter and Janna Wallace
Tina L. Sun and Alan Sun

See also

• STARTALK Chinese Teacher Training Institute & Student Language Camp, 2006—2018