After School & Summer
Summer Residential World Language Camp
Live A Language Foundation partners with the Ohio Foreign Language Association (OFLA) to support world language study for students in grades 3 through 8 at a one week residential camp in Bellville, OH. Languages are learned in small class settings, followed by practice through cooking, dancing, singing, playing sports, hiking, and arts & crafts. Students are grouped according to language at meal time and in cabins. All cultures are shared and embraced in the evenings at campfire, games and special guests. Registration fee is $475 per student. A DONATION of $475 will send a CPS world language student to Camp OFLA. Click on DONATE NOW to contribute.
After School Early Learning Mandarin Chinese Language Adventure
Live A Language Foundation has partnered with Activities Beyond the Classroom (ABC) to offer Mandarin Learning Adventures for K-2 students at Douglass & Silverton Elementary Schools. The adventure takes advantage of kids’ innate language ability to hear and reproduce the tones and nuances of Mandarin Chinese. The weekly 45 minute after school class uses stories, fun puppets, real-life videos, songs, and games to engage kids. For more information go to: K-3 Mandarin
After School High School Arabic Club
Live A Language sponsored an after school Arabic club for students at Dater High School from January through May, 2017. Many of the participating students were continuing Arabic studies started at the Academy of World Languages.
CPS World Language Immersion Camp
For eight summers Live A Language Foundation and Cincinnati Public Schools’ partnered to offer students in 3rd through 6th grades the opportunity to immerse themselves in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or Russian language and culture. Camp was in session for 2 weeks, 5 mornings a week, with transportation provided through summer school bus service and breakfast and lunch provided through the city’s summer food program. Camp “counselors” were all certificated educators and native/heritage speakers.
Camp themes included: Discovering the World through ARCHITECTURE; Discovering the World through ART; A World at PEACE; Going Green: Stewards of the Earth; Giving Back; We’ve Got TALENT; and, Here’s What We Do! What About You?
Primary camp projects were transforming a forgotten patch of school property into a Peace Garden, boasting plants indigenous to the countries & cultures of study; designing and building a Peace Pole and an arch/entryway to the garden; folding 1,000 origami cranes to create a SENBAZURU presented to the Ronald McDonald House; producing and directing videos to share with students in Cincinnati’s Sister Cities; and sharing authentic song and dance with residents of the camp site neighbor, The Beechwood Home.
Field trips included Eden, Smale and Friendship Parks; the Cincinnati Art Museum; Jungle Jim’s; the Cincinnati Zoo; Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG); Ten Thousand Villages in O’Bryonville; Newport on the Levee’s Barnes & Noble; and the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.
Check the PHOTO GALLERY to enjoy pictures of the CPS World Language Immersion Camp in action.
Concordia Languages Villages
The summers of 2011, 12, 14 & 16; a total of 41 students from Cincinnati Public Schools’ Academy of World Languages; Clark Montessori HS; Hughes STEM HS; and Withrow University HS continued their Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian language study by attending Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota. Immersion is not taken lightly in the Concordia camps as ALL staff (counselors to kitchen workers) communicate ONLY in the focus language. The 2 week camps allow students to hone their language skills in the best way possible, next to living in the country.
The world class language camp costs include registration and airline transportation. Students work to raise funds on their own, but substantial assistance is needed to cover the $3,000 cost per student. In the past the Qatar Foundation has offered scholarships to students studying Arabic, and small grants from Concordia have helped students who demonstrate financial need.
A donation of $3,000 to sponsor a student for 2 weeks at Concordia can be submitted by clicking on DONATE NOW and indicating you want to support students attending Concordia Language Villages.
Check the PHOTO GALLERY to enjoy pictures of the Cincinnati students at Concordia Language Villages.