The National Foreign Language Center's Startalk Chinese Immersion Nurture Program Expands to Christian Heritage Academy in Illinois.
By Kristine Reilly, Morton Grove Champion
A group of ambitious students in Northfield can cross off “learn a new language” on their summer to-do list.
Christian Heritage Academy is the newest site of the federally funded Startalk Chinese Immersion Nurture Program.
Created as part of the National Security Language Initiative announced by former President George W. Bush in January of 2006, and the National Foreign Language Center with the University of Maryland, the program is expanding in Illinois. Through the Consortium of Illinois Language Schools, four other school sites in Illinois host the Startalk program, including Downers Grove, Lisle, Naperville, and Plainfield. Fred Yungshen Lu is President and Director of Startalk Nurture Program in Illinois and oversees the state’s sites that make up more than 100 students.