Immersion: Ages 3 to 13
French, Spanish, or Chinese (Mandarin)
Full Day, 8:45 AM–3:00 PM
Half Day, 8:45 AM–12:00 PM (optional for ages 3 to 5)
Weekly, June 26–August 4*
At WIS Passport to Summer, immersion campers are introduced to basic expressions, words, and phrases in the target language; or, if they are already proficient, our instructors find ways to add to what they already know. Our Language Immersion Camps are designed for non-native speakers, but we welcome students of all levels, allowing them to explore language, customs, and cultures in an interactive project-based classroom. Forty-five minutes to an hour of sports and games at least twice a week are also part of the program.
We know people learn best when they do interesting things, so during their time at WIS, campers follow broad weekly themes and, using their immersion language, they craft, sing, dance, listen to and tell stories, and play games. Activities are designed to encourage thinking in another language and exposure to a new culture. By the end their time at WIS, campers improve their familiarity with the immersion language by acquiring new expressions, words and phrases; they also display increased cultural awareness about the countries/locations where the target language is spoken.
Students are divided by age into small groups to ensure maximum individual attention, with an eight-to-one student-teacher ratio. When possible, campers ages 6 to 11 are separated by proficiency levels, but they also take part in activities that combine beginners and more advanced students. This challenges beginners and gives experienced speakers the opportunity to help others in a nurturing and fun environment. As with all WIS language programs, all Passport to Summer teachers are native speakers.
During the week of July 31-August 4, all campers (including language learners) and staff will build an enormous cardboard city in the school gymnasium. During Cardboard City Week, campers make different parts of the city and learn their immersion language along the way. English speakers enrolled in specialty camps will either film the process or learn about architecture to assist with the construction of a major city building (to be decided by the group that week).
*August 7-11 is Transportation Week. For a description, click here.