UVU’s summer camp, “Chinese Summer Days”

I’ve been waiting for Utah Valley University to announce dates for its Chinese Summer Days camp. Finally I stumbled across information online.

This is a great opportunity for kids to practice their Chinese in a fun, supportive atmosphere. And it gives parents a chance to meet and learn from one another.

It’s an immersion-style, two-day camp where kids are encouragd to speak only Chinese. Parents learn a little Chinese, too! And it’s free.

Dates:  Thursday, July 25th – Friday, July 26th
Time:  10:00 AM-2:00 PM (Check-in at 9:15 AM on Thursday)
Place: UVU Sorensen (Student) Center
Thursday 7/25 – Classroom Instruction
9:15-10:00 Registration (alphabetical last name groupings)
10:00-10:15 Opening Ceremony & Instructions
10:15-10:30 Dismiss to classrooms
10:30-11:00 Session #1
11:05-11:35 Session #2
11:40-12:10 Session #3
12:10-12:40 LUNCH (provided for children only)
12:45-1:15 Session #4
1:20 –1:50 Session #5
1:50- 2:00 Closing Instructions/T-Shirt distribution for Day #2
Day 2
Friday 7/26 – Village
10:00-10:50 Students return to the same classroom as Session #5  from Day 1, to prepare for performances.
11:15-12:00 Student/Parent performances in the Grand Ballroom
12:00-1:50   An afternoon in China (Chinese Village activities)
1:50-2:00     Closing ceremony
Immersion Environment: This camp is intended to be an immersion-style learning experience.  English will not be spoken during the classes and activities, and children will be encouraged to use what Chinese they know/ learn, to communicate.  If your child is not an experienced Chinese speaker, help him/her be ready for a certain degree of initial frustration.  Once accustomed to it, it becomes like a game for most children to try to communicate without using English. This will be a major adjustment for students who plan to enter Dual-Immersion programs in the Fall, so this is a good warm-up for that.

Class Format (Children): The students will be rotating through 5 different classes with cultural-centered themes. The sessions are 30 minutes long and it is preferred that children wait until the break to visit the restroom. An assistant will be on hand to chaperone restroom breaks as students change locations.  Registered Adults will be in a separate class.  Parents will not be going to classes with the children.

Lunch for Children: All students will be provided with a box lunch on Day 1.  Lunch will take place in the Grand Ballroom. On Day 2, students will earn tokens by completing tasks in the Chinese village. These tokens can be used to purchase Chinese food from vendors in the village. Students must use Chinese to select their food, and we’ll have coaches on-hand to assist as needed.

Lunch for Adults: Adults are responsible for providing their own lunch. There are many eateries in the Sorensen Center, or you may bring a lunch from home on Day 1. On Day 2, a Chinese plate will be available for purchase for $7. This will include:
Ham Fried Rice
Low Mein Noodles
Sweet & Sour Chicken
Stir Fry Beef & Broccoli
Egg Roll
Fortune Cookie
Bottled Water
Note:  Adults will purchase meal tickets at food booth
Class Format (Adults): Chinese instruction for adults will not be an immersion  experience, although there will be speaking opportunities!  You might want to bring something to take notes with, and a folder to keep handouts in.
Registration is open now through July 16. Click here.

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