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    University of Utah (Student)

    University of Utah Portuguese Student Camp

    Language(s)

    Portuguese

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8

    Date(s)
    • June 11, 2018 – June 17, 2018: Pre-Camp Online Component (Online)
    • June 18, 2018 – June 23, 2018: Residential Camp (Face-to-face)
    • June 24, 2018 – August 3, 2018: Post-Camp Online Component (Online)
    Location(s)
    • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The 2018 University of Utah (UU) Portuguese Startalk student program is an exciting opportunity for 30 rising seventh-grade Portuguese immersion students in Utah to push past the limitations of their classrooms and see how advanced levels of Portuguese language proficiency can open new doors for college and career readiness. A primary goal of the program is to provide the antidote to student attrition in dual language immersion programs, which commonly occurs as students move from the elementary to secondary school, by providing them with exciting ways to apply their growing language fluency to new subjects – in this case the Amazon, biodiversity, human rights and environmental issues. The program will feature three weeks of blended learning with 60 hours of Portuguese instruction and collaboration nestled between 30 hours of online, distance-learning curriculum. Students, including both heritage and non-heritage Portuguese speakers, will enter the student camp primarily at the intermediate-low proficiency level. During the camp experiences, student participants will engage in advanced-low discourse as they research issues of biodiversity, human rights, and environmental protection; compare and contrast Brazilian and American culture; discuss and debate controversial topics; and write informational essays and present group projects related to the Amazon Rainforest.

    Contact(s)
    (801) 585-7988
    c.holzner@utah.edu

    WCSD (Student)

    WCSD Chinese Summer Camp

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

    Date(s)
    • June 4, 2018 – June 15, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    • June 18, 2018 – June 22, 2018: (Online)
    Location(s)
    • Lava Ridge Intermediate School, Santa Clara, UT
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Washington County School District (WCSD) Chinese Summer Camp is an opportunity for 40 rising 6th and 7th graders from eight WCSD schools to join together for an intensive linguistic and cultural experience. The program will include 2 classrooms of 20 students each meeting daily for 60 hours, 6 hours per day, and online for an additional 30 hours exploring Beijing and Beyond where students will explore peer experiences in major cities in China. WCSD students will engage with students from China, via electronic communication, as topics are explored and activities include group presentations and informative oral and written assignments. After participating in the camp, students will be able to engage in Intermediate Mid discourse regarding life of a teen in China through the sub-themes of social economic diversity, cultural awareness, and environmental protection.

    Contact(s)
    (435) 986-5183
    marybeth.fuller@washk12.org
    Program Website

    BYU (Student)

    BYU STARTALK Arabic Camp

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12, Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • June 25, 2018 – July 14, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The BYU Arabic STARTALK Camp is designed to light the fire of motivation in students as they experience that they can learn a lot of Arabic language and culture in just three weeks. Our theme, “Avicenna’s Astrolabe,” centers on a collaborative mystery-solving game set in the present. Students are tasked to find an ancient cure to a deadly disease that threatens to decimate the modern world. The key to doing so is an astrolabe once held by the famous polymath, Ibn Sina (a.k.a. Avicenna). By exploring cities and talking to people from both the modern and medieval Arab world, students uncover the story of the astrolabe as it passed hands from civilization to civilization, while also finding clues leading them on to discover the cure they seek. In the process, students will internalize basic communication skills while also experiencing a variety of Arab cultures and historical perspectives that highlight the impact of Arabo-Islamic civilization on the West. They will also learn about past and present violent reactionary movements in the East and the West that manipulate religion to foment hate and gain power. Beginners get off to a great start and are well on their way to completing the equivalent of a year of high school Arabic (they receive credit for one semester and may complete the second online). We will again offer an option that will allow those who already know the Arabic script to complete a year of high school credit. Even more advanced students may receive credit for second-year high school Arabic. All will come away with a solid repertoire of pragmatic speaking and reading skills and gain significant hands-on experience with Arab culture. Students learn through doing. They live the language, learning to perform authentic tasks. They are immersed in music, films, games, cooking lessons, and visit a mosque and restaurant. Tutors are available day and night to act as role models and to help students of varying abilities and challenges succeed. World-class teachers are experienced in making learning fun and adjusting instruction to individual needs. Students practice and demonstrate their progress in role plays and in day-to-day living, which helps to build confidence. All students are urged to push on during the academic year with our award-winning distance-learning course that includes live support from tutors. Some former students who have done so have already distinguished themselves in follow-on abroad experience and realized the goal of acquiring advanced levels of proficiency in Arabic. BYU’s Arabic camp is a great springboard. Consider the example of Rachel, who participated in our 2014 camp: https://news.byu.edu/news/rubbing-elbows-un-diplomats-byu-students-win-i...

    Contact(s)
    (801) 422-6531
    belnap@byu.edu
    Program Website