Imagine an American summer camp where no one speaks English and you can't either. Welcome to the world of language camps, where traditional activities like canoeing and hiking are conducted completely in Spanish, Chinese, or even Arabic.
- Paul Hoff, professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire who is currently teaching at Concordia Language Villages
- Christina Moubarak, creator and director of Belanno foreign language programs in Appleton, Wisconsin
- Shakti Shukla, Hindi teacher for Belanno language programs
- Justin 7/23/08: "I attended Concordia camps from 6th grade till I was 17. I attended French and Chinese. I live in Japan now and have used both my Chinese and French skills to create opportunities for exchange for local people. We need more programs that not only get children interested in learning languages they are familiar with but also languages very unfamiliar. We also need to get children to apply the skills by going to the countries where the languages can be see in context. It is a very different experience."
- Jeff 7/22/08: "I agree that U.S. residents should learn foreign languages, secondary to a good command of English."
- Eva 7/22/08: "I wish you would have found out about our lovely new Swedish Culture and Language Immersion Camp at Hunt Hill, Sarona (actually, Hunt Hill also offers Spanish immersion camps). Our camp takes place in mid-June at an Audubon Sanctuary (www.hunthill.org). We held our camp for the first time this year and people came from as far as Seattle, Washington, Virginia, Cincinnatti etc."