Concordia Language Villages 2008
Concordia Language Villages, a non-profit organization sponsored by Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., now offers 15 languages each summer to nearly 6000 youth between the ages of 7 and 18. Villagers and staff come from all 50 states and more than 40 countries for one-, two- or four-week sessions at sites located in Minnesota and Georgia and, starting in 2008, New Jersey. In addition, the Language Villages offers programs in language and cultural immersion for an additional 5000 adults, teachers, school groups, and families in Village Weekends during the academic year.
The Language Villages provides a place where similarly motivated children interested in le+arning new languages and more about the world can enjoy intellectual challenges combined with fun, culturally authentic, and old-fashioned summer camp activities that expand interpersonal abilities and build social confidence. Older students can earn high school credit in 13 of the world languages offered at the Villages. The setting of the Villages provides for healthy outdoor activities where everyone is included.
New in 2008—Lago del Bosco comes to New Jersey
The Lago del Bosco site in Blairstown, New Jersey, the first of any Language Village on the East Coast, will welcome villagers in summer 2008. Young people ages 7-14 will be able to attend one- and two-week sessions.
Lago del Bosco, translated as “lake of the woods,” first opened in 2003 in Minnesota—the home of Concordia Language Villages. Participants, called “villagers,” will study Italian language and culture in a relaxed immersion environment where they learn by “living the language.” The camp is appropriate for participants with any level of Italian language proficiency, including beginners with no prior knowledge. Villagers, participating in authentic cultural activities, cook Italian dishes, play bocce ball and roverino, make masks, and learn about Italian music and folk tales—all in Italian.
“Benvenuto, Lago del Bosco! We welcome the opening of the Italian Language Village in Blairstown, New Jersey, in August 2008! My two children are former villagers, and they are delighted to see the opening of the NE location. Bravo, Lago del Bosco!”—Margaret Cuomo Maier, M.D.
Glimpse into Concordia’s New Master of Education in World Language Instruction
The first cohort of the joint Concordia Language Villages—Concordia College Master of Education in World Language Instruction program is thriving in its second fully on-line course taught by Viann Pederson and Gay Rawson. Thanks to “Wimba Live Classroom,” regular virtual class meetings allow students and instructors to see, hear, and interact with each other. These seven students from diverse geographic locations, backgrounds, and language education fields have developed exceptional classroom activities, implementing cutting-edge technology and immersion methodology.
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