Utah blooming with summer camps

The University of Utah’s Confucius Institute has announced its summer camp schedule. Looks like there’s a little something for everyone – beginning Mandarin classes for parents and special reading camps for elementary immersion students.

The institute’s K-12 outreach coordinator Eric Chipman said every effort was made to accommodate everyone’s needs. The camps run for half-a-day from 9 to noon for one week. The total fee is $145. The institute conveniently scheduled the camps at locations across the Salt Lake Valley. And the curriculum is designed to pair well with The Star Talk camps offered by the Utah State Office of Education. “I think we found a happy medium,” Chipman said.

The camps will, according to the institute’s web site: “Take traditional Chinese folk-tales and bring them to life with hands-on activities and interactive reading strategies. Engage with Chinese authentic texts and stories on a meaningful level, with emphasis on Chinese literacy and character recognition. It takes time to master a character-based text system and this program will allow for students to continue learning, reading and speaking Chinese through the summer months.”

Here’s a link to the registration page. Be sure to tab down to the bottom and the second page for the “Chinese Reading for Immersion” offerings.

Don’t wait too long to sign up. I know from parent feedback to our earlier postings that there’s a lot of demand out there for this.

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