PLU STARTALK Program, Summer 2018

Do you speak Chinese or Korean? Are you interesting in becoming a language teacher?  Then the PLU STARTALK program is a great opportunity for you!

What? The STARTALK Teacher Program will prepare native (or near-native) speakers of Chinese or Korean to teach their world language to K-12 students.

When? The course consists of two online classes in July prior to the start of the face to face class. The face-to-face class sessions will be held on PLU’s campus Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm, July 30-August 17, 2018.

Where? Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma.

Costs? Registration fee:  $40 (tuition, text, and assessments covered by STARTALK funding)

How do I apply?   Apply soon online, spots are limited. Click here to fill out your initial application.

More information? Contact Program Director Judy Hassen ( or Professor Bridget Yaden (


  • Lesson planning and micro-teaching
  • 4 continuing education graduate credits from PLU’s School of Education
  • Standards and content-based program, focused on developing communicative proficiency
  • Emphasis on STEAM ((Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)
  • Content knowledge to pass the Washington Educator Skills Test – Endorsement (WEST-E) WL
  • Funding for required assessments for those pursuing teacher certification and/or World Language Endorsement (WEST-B, WEST-E and ACTFL OPIc and WPT)
  • Copy of ACTFL’s publication Keys to Planning for Learning

By completing the PLU STARTALK Teacher Program, will I qualify for a Washington State Teaching Certificate?

No. This program is not a complete teacher certification program, but will provide you with university continuing education credit that may be applied to a certification program. This program is great for current teachers who already have WA State Certification and want to add a World Language Endorsement in one of the languages offered. It is also beneficial for teachers in college or community-based language programs or private schools that do not require Certification.

I have attended other STARTALK Teacher Programs. Can I still register for this one?

Yes. All teachers, new or experienced, will benefit from an opportunity to review the STARTALK principles, the World Readiness Standards, and the principles of Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning.  Teachers will also get more experience writing learning plans, differentiating instruction, and doing microteaching with students in this program.

How do I apply for this program?

Spaces are limited, so use this form to submit your interest in participating.  If you are accepted, then we will email you an application form and instructions for securing your spot by sending your $40 registration fee.

Are there other fees beyond the $40 registration fee?

There are no additional fees and all materials are provided, including tuition, textbook, and assessments. Participants are responsible for their own meals and housing if they come from out of the area.

How do I get my transcript after the course ends?

With a PLU ID, transcripts can be ordered here: