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ERIC Number: ED263759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Language Camps: Thirteen Years of Minor Miracles.
Peterson, Jean
A language camp program that began with a small group of 10- to 12-year-olds whose faculty parents wanted them to retain the German learned on sabbaticals abroad has developed into a program of annual week-long day and resident camps for 150 children, aged 9 to 14 years, learning German, French, Spanish, and Norwegian. The camp was originally housed in college classrooms, but now occupies a church and uses college dormitories for resident students. Three levels of each language are offered, and students have been known to begin another foreign language after completing the third level of the original one. The costs are kept as low as possible, with tuition covering instruction, books, materials, and an ethnic luncheon in the cafeteria, as well as teacher salaries, facilities, and advertising. Teachers are recruited from the area, and some have used the experience for reentry into teaching after extended time off. Texts have been developed for each level of each language, and many brief, lively group activities are interspersed with instructional periods. A parent program at the end of the camp is used to demonstrate what has been learned. A week-long teacher workshop has recently been integrated into the camp program. Parent and teacher reception of the program has been very good, and some expansion is planned. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A