Glastonbury Public Schools Foreign Language

Chinese STARTALK for Students Entering Gideon Welles School

Discover Chinese STARTALK 2020

For students entering grade 6 at Gideon Welles School

The 2020 STARTALK Summer Programs are CANCELLED.

Smith Middle School

216 Addison Road, Glastonbury, CT 06033

Program Information


An intensive three-week non-residential program that will allow beginning and intermediate students of Chinese to develop both speaking and writing abilities as well as the understanding of Chinese culture. The program will include interactive activities for novice and intermediate Chinese students. This program is sponsored by the Glastonbury Public Schools in collaboration with STARTALK.


Rising 6th grade students who are highly motivated and enthusiastic to learn Mandarin Chinese in an intensive program. This is a non-residential program for students who will attend Gideon Welles School and wishes to take the Continuing Chinese course in the fall.

Any child with an interest in learning Mandarin Chinese is encouraged to apply and register for Continuing Chinese at Gideon Welles School. Enrollment is limited to 10 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Because of the intensive nature of the program, students are expected to attend all sessions. The camp is funded through a federal grant and requires a three-week commitment to the program.


Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, CT


July 6 – July 24 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students are to not to be dropped off before 8:55 am and should be picked up promptly at 3:00 pm.


Students accepted into the program receive a full scholarship. No transportation is provided for this program.


Please see application instructions below.

Behavioral Expectations

Student behavioral expectations are the same as during the regular school year. All school rules apply.

The 2020 STARTALK Summer Programs are CANCELLED!

Applications for Summer 2020 are NO LONGER Available.

To apply for this program, first click below to complete the online application. Then print the Teacher Recommendation Form and ask your foreign language teacher to complete the form and send it to Mr. Wildman at Glastonbury High School. If accepted into the program, there is no payment required for Glastonbury students in this program.

Click here for the Discover Chinese Teacher Recommendation Form for Students

Note: Glastonbury Public Schools students are NOT required to submit a teacher recommendation.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020

For more information contact:

Mr. James Wildman

Program Director

(860) 652-7200 ext. 12030

Ms. Rita A. Oleksak

Director of Foreign Languages/English Language Learning

(860) 652-7954