Each summer, the University of North Georgia (UNG) teaches foreign languages and culture to students from kindergarten through college, with a variety of language camps and academic programs.
Through a $20,000 Freeman Foundation grant and funding from Publix Supermarkets Inc. and Perdue Farms, UNG will hold the Elementary Summer Language Academy (ESLA) in partnership with the World Language Academy (WLA), a public, dual-language immersion school in Hall County, Georgia. The program will run June 6 through July 22.
The ESLA program, now in its third year, serves students ages 4 to 13 and aims to improve their understanding of Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures, and refine their written and spoken language ability.
During the regular school year, WLA students in prekindergarten through seventh grade receive half of their instruction in all subjects in Spanish and half in English. Students are also provided courses in Chinese and Portuguese, with the goal of making them fluent in both English and Spanish by third grade and Chinese by fifth grade.
"Last year we had 196 participants across all weeks of the camp," Dr. Carly Womack-Wynne, associate director for UNG’s Center for Global Engagement, said. "We are already on target to increase enrollment in this year's camp. Currently, we have 284 registered participants across all weeks of the camps."
Each grade level will receive a minimum of one hour of language instruction per day and an additional 30 minutes of cultural activities.
The program will also include authentic social experiences hosted by native language speakers that will allow students to receive a more enriched understanding.
For more information on the ESLA program, visit the UNG Continuing Education website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For high school students, UNG offers the Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA), two three-week sessions in June and July that teach language and culture in an intensive environment. This program will run from June 5-24 for session one and from July 10-29 for session two on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.
"FSLA receives universal acclaim for its approach to language learning," said Dr. John Wilson, associate vice president of international programs and director of UNG's Center for Global Engagement (CGE). "Students leave FSLA with a great motivation to learn language and fall in love with the language and culture and inspired to take more language at high school, major and minor in languages at college, and do study abroad. Moreover, they meet great people who will turn out to be lifelong friends."
Registration information can be found on the FSLA website.
For college students, UNG's Summer Language Institute (SLI) offers an intensive language program that allows students to complete the first year of Arabic, Chinese, Korean, or Russian in six weeks.
To be eligible for the program, students must be accepted to UNG as an incoming student or ROTC cadet seeking a bachelor's degree, a transfer student, a transient student or ROTC cadet in good academic standing from another college or university. Current UNG students or cadets, including dual-enrolled students, who are in good academic standing also are eligible for the program.
This program will run from June 19 to July 30 on UNG's Dahlonega Campus. More information regarding this program can be found on the SLI website or by contacting Daniela Martinez, director of sponsored programs, at email@example.com.