This summer UCLA is offering a special Armenian language course for high school students as part of its High School Heritage Language Program. The course is specifically designed for Armenian heritage speakers, who speak, understand, and/or hear Armenian at home and want to learn to read, write, and expand their listening and speaking skills. Students will get an opportunity to develop their Armenian proficiency in a four-week course while being immersed in a real life college environment at such a prestigious university.
The program uses the most up-to-date pedagogical methods in curriculum design, instructional approach, and assessment. The course is thematically designed and project based, providing students with an exciting and real-world context for language learning.
In addition to improving their heritage language, an equally important goal for the program involves introducing and exposing Armenian youth to UCLA. The course is taught at UCLA, providing high school students an opportunity to experience life on the university campus. Dr. Shushan Karapetian, a UCLA professor, as well as the Program Director, will be instructing the course. She has over ten years of teaching experience and specializes in heritage language education. The program also arranges for a college admissions counselor to give an in-depth presentation for students and parents on the UCLA admissions process. Many students end up writing about this rewarding experience on their college applications and also seeking letters of recommendation from their instructors.
The program runs from July 6-30, Monday-Thursday, 9am-2pm. The cost is only $200. For those who cannot afford it, fee waiver applications are available. Although students will not receive college credit for this course, they may receive one year of high school credit toward satisfying their high school language requirements.
All levels of heritage speakers are welcome. Please contact Dr. Karapetian with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the UCLA Center for World Languages at (310) 825-2510. Registration and more information is available on the program website at http://www.hslanguages.ucla.edu/hslanguages.