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ERIC Number: ED254103
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Akron Story Part I: Summer Foreign Language Camps and The Akron Story Part II: Europe on $15 a Day.
Durden, John D.; And Others
OMLTA Journal, p23-27 1984
Two articles combined here describe aspects of the Akron, Ohio Public Schools' summer foreign language immersion camps for both students and teachers. The first article, "The Akron Story Part I: Summer Foreign Language Camps" (John D. Durden and Sandra K. Strauber), outlines the structure of the camps, in which students live in simulated cultures, either French or Spanish, entering through customs and participating in target culture activities as well as traditional summer camp activities, including singing, crafts, dancing, outdoor sports, conversation groups, special celebrations, flea markets, visiting a bank and store using foreign currency, and dramatics. All activities in the camps are conducted in the target language, and the adults have native or near-native target language skills. The second article, "The Akron Story Part II: Europe on $15 a Day" (John D. Durden, Marguerite M. Terrill, and Shirley Perisutti), describes the participation of French and Spanish teachers in two week-long institutes sponsored by the Akron Public Schools through a grant from a philanthropic foundation. The institutes, which provided a professional development opportunity in a total immersion situation, were scheduled at the same time and on the same site as the schools' summer foreign language camps for secondary school students. Advantages to the teachers included socialization with native speakers of French and Spanish, interaction with students, opportunities to learn new ideas and techniques from the master teachers teaching the students, and contact with other language enthusiasts, including college students and program administrators. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio