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UVU Event To Bring Chinese Language, Culture To Life For Elementary Students

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July 25, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Heather Wrigley

Nearly 300 students from across the state who are enrolled in Chinese language courses, many in dual immersion programs, will be at Utah Valley University July 25 and 26 to participate in the second annual Chinese Summer Days.

Students enrolled in the two-day camp will get a chance to connect more deeply with the language and culture they are learning in school. The camp will also offer resources to help parents become more involved in their child’s language immersion.

“Chinese Summer Days is a wonderful event that specifically addresses the efforts of local primary and secondary schools that are teaching Chinese language and culture courses,” said Frederick White, associate dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences at UVU. “The camp is intended both to encourage their present language efforts and to provide educational pathways for their future career ambitions.”

On the first day of camp, students can choose five of 12 classroom sessions to attend. An immersion-style learning experience, the day’s program will encourage children to learn Chinese songs and dances and join in other cultural activities, all while speaking the language. On the second day, students will give a performance demonstrating what they have learned for their parents and teachers.

The camp is part of a larger effort by UVU to address the demand for Chinese speakers in the state.

“UVU’s Strategic China Initiative was born out of the interests of Utah business, government and education partners,” White said. “There is a growing market for people who can bridge the gap between our two cultures, and UVU is developing educational opportunities to meet these demands.”

Starting this fall, UVU will offer a minor in Chinese commerce, an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students to work in the global marketplace. UVU currently offers minors in Chinese language and Chinese culture.

For more information, visit uvu.edu/lang/events/chinesesdays.html or call 801-863-8518.


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