Language Camps

Washington International School is recognized as a leader in language immersion and dual language programs. Our summer camp programs employ the same practices and principles in order to educate our summer campers...but we make sure there's plenty of summer fun as well! Learn more by clicking on any of the three options below.

IMMERSION | AGES 3 to 13

French, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin)

Full Day

8:45 AM–3:00 PM

Half Day

8:45 AM–12:00 PM (ages 3 to 5 option)

Weekly, June 25–August 3*

At WIS Summer Camp, immersion campers are introduced to basic expressions, words, and phrases in the target language. If they are already proficient, 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 campers use their immersion language to craft, sing, dance, listen to and tell stories, and play games. Activities are structured to fit broad weekly themes and are designed to encourage thinking in another language and exposure to new cultures. By the end of 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, teachers are native speakers.

*August 6-10 is Transportation Week. See the Specialty Camps page for more information.

INTENSIVE | AGES 8 to 13

Spanish

FULL DAY

8:45 AM–3:00 PM

Weekly, June 25–August 3*

This program is designed for students who want to take their Spanish to the next level. To improve fluency and self-confidence, morning sessions focus on learning new vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, and on reading. In the afternoon, campers apply what they have learned through listening, speaking, and demonstrating reading comprehension. Project-based activities include presentations, movies, 3-D dioramas, informational posters, and even books. Please note this class requires familiarity with Spanish.

*August 6-10 is Transportation Week. See the Specialty Camps page for more information.

ESOL | AGES 5 to 16

FULL DAY

8:45 AM–3:00 PM

Weekly, June 25–August 3

The ESOL program offers travelers or residents the opportunity to study in Washington, DC for one or several weeks. There are two groups of ESOL campers: five- to ten-year-olds and eleven- to sixteen-year-olds. Campers in the younger group follow the activities of the other language immersion camps: they make crafts, listen to music, and read stories in English while learning basic expressions, words, and phrases, all following a weekly theme.

To increase familiarity and confidence with English, pre-teens and teenagers work in small groups in the classroom during the day, emphasizing oral communication. At various times during the week, they enhance their knowledge of American culture and apply what they have learned during excursions across the Washington, DC area. To determine English language proficiency and help us understand how to best form groups, campers take a brief assessment on the first day. ESOL campers also participate in hands-on workshops which afford them opportunities to interact with campers who are native English speakers. Ultimately, campers in this program learn English, make new friends from around the world, and discover some of the many sights around the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

*August 6-10 is Transportation Week. See the Specialty Camps page for more information.