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Summer Academic Enrichment Eligible Programs

Program Info
Program: Chinese Language Enhancement Camp
Sponsoring Organization: Asian Media Access

Main Contact
Name: Johanna Huang
Title: Camp Director
Address: 720 Decorah Lane
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
Phone: (612) 704-7268
Curricular area: World Languages & Cultures
Grades Served: 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11


Program Goal: to expand students’ understanding about the bicultural or multicultural perspectives, and learn skills to navigate and interchange cultures in different settings.

Program Objectives: 1) Learn Mandarin Chinese language skills and Chinese culture; 2) Interact with peers in a diverse setting using Mandarin; 3) Enhance world language academic knowledge, as well as civic engagement skills about racial equity and social justice.

To achieve the learning objectives, our campers will examine how global issues impact local communities, exploring topics such as: China-US relationship, inequality, and identity formation. In addition, campers will share the experience through a story-book project, to use their language and culture skills to express their daily life experience, along with COVID-19 impacts.


We will offer language lesson plans, as well as cover communal storytelling and project-based learning ideas.

Course themes are brought to life through out-of-class learning with engaging activities, for example, while students are learning about Chinese language and cultures, we will build language and tool boxes for them to start to think about social justice work. We will introduce some ideas including how to be a bystander, stereotypes, festival life, food and self-care and self-identity work.

During Camp, we might invite guest lectures and meetings with local organizations and community groups from the local Mandarin Speaking Network. Campers also share their learning and make connections in discussion with peers. We may also arrange field trips to Chinese grocery stores to practice the daily usage of the language.

We will make sure that we support our campers with: • Total immersion learning program • Unique, child-friendly curriculum • Dedicated Chinese teachers and activity coordinators • Language lessons complemented by workshops, discussions, cultural and art activities • A safe and supportive environment

Program Dates

Monday, July 31 to Friday August 4, 2023; one week of camp experience with a full-day activity from 9:30am to 3:00pm.

Can students reside on campus? No

Can students commute to campus? Yes

Can students take online classes? No

Estimated commuter cost per student
Tuition: $500
Fees: $50
Books: $0
Supplies: $0
Transportation: $0