Apologies for this late post — I thought it had already published.
But it may not be too late to sign up for the Confucius Institute’s annual summer camp (for grades 2-6), running from July 27-31. There are several locations this year, including the University of Utah’s Salt Lake City and Bountiful campuses, Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah Valley University in Orem, and Dixie State University in St. George. You can enroll online at: www.youth.utah.edu.
See the attached for more information:
Chinese Immsion Campus Flyer (Wasatch Front)
Chinese Immsion Campus Flyer (St George)
Back by popular demand, the University of Utah’s Confucius Institute is sponsoring a weekly Chinese summer camp for immersion students.
There are age-appropriate sections for all grades at locations throughout Salt Lake, Utah, Weber and Washington counties.
Registration is open now for camps at the U.’s satellite campus in Sandy. Other camps should be open on Monday. Register for the grade your child is going into.
Confucius Institutes – we have one at the University of Utah – are great resources for immersion programs. They help build curriculum, sponsor cultural events and work with the Hanban, a division of the Ministry of Education in China, to furnish scores of immersion programs with veteran, native-speaking teachers.
Working with a Confucius Institute three Head Start chapters in Portland are now doing Mandarin immersion, according to the Oregonian. Head Start programs are government-subsidized preschools for low-income children.
An excerpt from the Oregonian article:
“These three Albina Head Start classes, at the McCormack/Matthews Center in North Portland, are the tiniest representations of the Confucius Institute, with teachers paid and sent over by the Chinese government to spread the study of the language. There are 400 Confucius classrooms around the country – more in Oregon than anyplace else – teaching Chinese in elementary and secondary schools.
And in one Head Start program.
‘China has a saying,’ says [one of the teachers] Jiang, ‘from three years old, you can see your future.'”
Utah schools rely on dozens of Hanban teachers. But there is no shortage of supply. Perhaps this is a good option for schools wishing to start immersion kindergarten programs.
I had the pleasure to take part in a cultural exchange to welcome our guest teachers from China. The University of Utah’s Confucius Institute asked if a group of parents would be willing to host Sunday dinner for two to three teachers. The idea was to show them American “micro-culture” in all its messed up glory. The Hanban, a division of the Ministry of Education in China – working with the Confucius Institute and College Board – furnished Utah with 22 guest teachers this year. In total there are upwards of 40 Hanban teachers in our schools, more than anywhere else in the country.
Helping them acclimate and feel welcome is a big job shouldered by the state, school districts and the Confucius Institute, which, according to its newsletter, “logged a lot of miles” on its bus this August taking teachers on a tour-de-Utah. They visited ski resorts, the Mormon temple and state Capitol, among other places, for a taste of our geography, climate, food and government.
Frankly, I’m not sure what they learned from their visit to my home. I couldn’t stop peppering them with questions about China! The three women were gracious guests, each from different provinces. Two were headed to teach in Washington County, one in St. George and another in Hurricane. The third will teach in Layton. They left family, including children, to be here. And they all seemed to have a keen sense for adventure, which is good (they’ll need it!).
I only wish we were given more time to get to know one another. Here’s wishing them a fulfilling and successful school year!
Did you miss out on STARTALK summer camps?
Due to increased demand the University of Utah’s Confucius Institute has opened new STARTALK camp sections for grades 3-4.
HELPFUL HINT: You are supposed to enroll in the grade your child just finished – NOT the grade he or she enters this fall.
Here is the direct link: http://continue.utah.edu/search/advanced?s=chinese&searchglass.x=0&searchglass.y=0&searchglass=Submit
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.
Immersion educators from across the country will converge on Salt Lake City in March for a national conference at the University of Utah’s Confucius Institute.
When: March 2-3, 2013
Where: University Guest House and Conference Center, 110 S. Fort Douglas Blvd., SLC, UT 84112
What: In-depth workshops; best practices and hands-on teaching methods; immersion techniques benefit all classrooms; and delve into curriculum and literacy issues
The price to register is $250. For more information, click here.