Catch the K-Wave

Summer KSL Program

STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. STARTALK offers students and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development.

Catch the K-Wave

Catch the K-Wave seeks to provide an intensive language and cultural learning experience to students through a standards-based and thematically organized curriculum.

The 3-week summer program, is a non-residential, non-credit program open to rising 6th - 8th grade students. Students do not need nor are expected to have any prior knowledge in Korean language or culture, but should have a willingness to learn and explore!  

Ms. Meesoon Han, Executive Director of Alabama-Korea Education & Economic Partnership, leads the program with a team of educators experienced in Korean language and culture. By the end of fun-packed 105 instructional hours, our students will perform at novice-mid ACTFL language levels and will be able to greet and introduce themselves to Korean-native speakers using culturally appropriate register, titles, and gestures.



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My daughter, had a blast at camp. The creativity of learning the Korean language was amazing. Jasmine learned her numbers, alphabet, greetings, colors, K-Pop and tons of other exciting phrases in just 3 weeks. STARTALK has definitely inspired my daughter more to become an interpreter. We look forward to the summer 2019.
— Chandra Richardson, STARTALK Parent


Program Details


Rising 6th - 8th grade students with zero to low Korean language proficiency

Peer Guides - Rising 6th - 8th grade students with mid to advanced Korean language proficiency


Pike Road Historic Middle School

4710 Pike Road, Pike Road, AL 36064

Dates & Time:

TBD, 2020


Phone: 334-578-0851



To Be Determined, 2020


The summer program will be facilitated by Korean language and culture instructors. These teachers will be professional instructors with Korean language and/or culture accreditation from South Korea. Instructors will also have additional training to learn to identify learning targets and checks for learning related to how participants will acquire, process, apply and reflect to meet the TELL Criteria addressed within the curriculum.

Students will undergo 105 Instructional hours of Korean language and cultural training. They will be able to track and assess their progress through NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, which are self-assessment checklists used by language learners to assess what they “can do” with language in the Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Representational modes of communication. By the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Greet a Korean friend and briefly identify myself in Korean using memorized phrases in culturally appropriate ways

  • Introduce myself

  • Read a Korean map, the lyrics of a Korean song 

  • Recite a Korean children's song

  • Name animals, colors, and traditional clothing in Korean

  • and more!

Lunch and snacks

Lunch and snacks are provided daily each of the 15 days of the program. During these times students will be guided by Cultural Activity Instructors to prepare traditional Korean dishes and snacks, such as kimbap and rice cakes. When registering your child for the program, please be sure to include any food allergens your child may have on the notes/additional information sections of the registration.


What are the program dates?

The program will run from July 8 - July 26, 2019 every Monday - Friday for a total of 15 days.

Is it an all-day program?

The Catch the K-WAVE summer program is a non-residential day camp, meaning classes and activities are held from 8:20 am - 3 pm, Monday - Friday.

How much is the program and what am I paying for?

The summer camp fee is $200, which will cover all meals & snacks, learning materials (student portfolios, pictures, materials for activities, etc.), field trip expenses, and a program T-shirt & backpack.

Will transportation be provided?

No, transportation to the summer program venue at Pike Road Historic Middle School will not be provided this year. However, transportation for field trips during class times will be provided!

Do I have to pay all at once?

No. Parents should follow the payment plan listed above or should contact A-KEEP's office for help creating a more suitable payment plan.

Who is organizing this program?

This program is organized by the Alabama-Korea Education & Economic Partnership (A-KEEP). 

A-KEEP is a 501(c)3 IRS certified non-profit organization, whose mission is providing multicultural, diverse education to students and professionals and bridging the differences for local educational and economic prosperity. Since 2011, we have worked with Alabama schools to provide global Youth Leadership programs to South Korea for high schoolers, Cultural Education Workshops, and annual Korean cultural music & arts performances.

A-KEEP is not responsible for any scholarship applications made by parents or students or for any scholarship cancellations, and it does not fund scholarship rewards.