Learning  Arabic,  Persian,  and  Turkish  at  Stony  Brook

                                                     Go East! Discover the Colorful Middle East

                                                      June 30 - August 15, 2014

The Language Learning Research Center (LLRC) at Stony Brook University is proud to host its first STARTALK program for high school juniors, seniors, and college students. The program provides 7-week, 6-credit intensive introductions to Arabic, Persian and Turkish. The courses are designed to teach novice-level learners through student-centered, creative, interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive tasks which allow students to build speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as intercultural competence.

This summer institute is centered around the theme “Go East! Discover the Colorful Middle East” and will feature, in addition to daily instruction, organized field trips to relevant cultural sites, guest speakers on topics which tie into our theme, and film screenings. Each of the three language classes will meet Monday through Thursday for 3 ½ hours per day from June 30 through August 15, 2014 (90 hours of instructional time).

Up to 5 students in each of the three languages (15 in total) will receive scholarships to cover the cost of tuition and fees for these courses which are designed to prepare students for continued study of these languages both here and abroad.

Note: The STARTALK 2014 Program at Stony Brook is a non-residential program. Students are advised to manage their housing and transportation during the program period.


Application Process:

  1. All students* will need to register for the course. To register, visit: http://www.stonybrook.edu/summer/ (select Extended Session 2).

  2. Complete an online application form. Print and ask your parent/guardian to sign this completed form if you are under 18 years old.

  3. Submit the permission form for audio/video recording: http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/toolkit/files/consentform.pdf

*Note: For high school students: If you are over the age of 16, please follow this link to register for the summer course: http://www.stonybrook.edu/summer/highschool.shtml. If you are under age, then the parents can be referred to Jennifer Kuhl at 631-632-6851 (or Jennifer.kuhl@stonybrook.edu) for assistance of getting admitted and enrolled in the course. It is also important for the parents to understand that this is a college course and their child will be interacting with college students that may be many years older than them. 


Students who are interested in applying for a scholarship for summer study should also submit:

  1. Two (2)  letters of recommendation from current or former teachers/professors who can attest to their academic preparation and potential

  2. School Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for screening) 

  3. A one page personal statement explaining why you are interested in studying this language this summer.   


Scholarship awards have been announced via email. Students who are interested in learning one of the less commonly taught languags are still welcome to apply for our Startalk program.


Questions regarding the program should be directed to:

Dr. Sarah Jourdain

Program Director

Email: sarah.jourdain@stonybrook.edu

Phone: 631-632-7440