Concordia Language Villages Summer Programsbased on 1 reviews (review)
Camp Directors - Update this ListingCamp Location: Bemidji, Minnesota, United States
Ages: 7 to 18 years old
Gender: Male and Female
Camp type:Day and Overnight
Cost (range): $500 - $1,000 a week
PICK A VILLAGE!
Our campers are called "villagers," and from the moment your Village Passport arrives in the mail, you'll know this will be an experience you won't forget! Villagers choose a Language Village based on their interests. You can register to visit the Arabic, Chinese, Danish, English (as a second language), Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish or Swedish Language Village. Portuguese is coming in 2008!
IT'S LIKE VISITING ANOTHER COUNTRY
At the Villages, you'll participate in cultural activities including authentic games, crafts, sports and arts. You might try bocce ball at the Italian Language Village, or salsa dancing at the Spanish Language Village. Music, theater and film production are other great ways to have fun with language. Each participant will have an opportunity to try brand-new things, as well as extend or enrich previously learned skills.No previous language study is required for attendance. When you arrive, you'll pass through "customs" and exchange your money at the bank. You'll pick a new name that matches the culture of the Village and from that moment you'll hear the Village language all around you! Twice a day, Villagers participate in language learning groups (with others at the same level of proficiency) that focus on communication in the Village setting. And four week villagers can earn one entire year of high school credit at any level or even college credit in German, French or Spanish!
Villages are located around Minnesota and near Savannah, GA. Each Village is in a beautiful forested setting on a lake. Some are built architecturally authentic to the culture they represent. Others are traditional camps converted into Language Villages for the summer.
Summer family weeks are for parents, grandparents and kids at German, Chinese, Finnish and Swedish. Since 1961, more than 130,000 kids have been villagers working toward a common goal of responsible citizenship in our global world!
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Reviewer: MomWithAPlan from Silicon Valley, CA
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
My 12yo son just attended Concordia Language Camp in Bemidji (El Lago del Bosque) for the first time. He loved it and (better yet) came back happily speaking Spanish. (Yes, it was Spanglish, but he'd made the leap to Spanish with some English words, rather than English with a Spanish noun or two.) He had had about the equivalent of a quarter's high-school Spanish going there, just enough to have a vague idea of what was going on. His Spanish teacher (who evaluated him afterwards) was startled at the improvement and now agrees that he can 'skip' a grade of Spanish. (This also required book work and tutoring, but the fluency pushed him over the bar.) Also wonderful -- he came back happy and well-exercised. It seems to be a very positive place, with enough autonomy that he felt pretty grown-up (this was his first far-away camp). Also, all day long they seem to play Latino dance music on the main plaza, with kids dancing, which he loved. (Sports and craft activities seem to go on regularly, too.) As a result, he went out on a 33-mile bike ride the day after his return -- about 3000' of climbing over four hills -- with no sore muscles or lack of stamina. !! The cabins were comfortable (I flew there with him and checked it out), the food was very good (his feedback), and the staff were friendly and caring.
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