Concordia Language Villages has been offering an innovative approach to language learning through its language and culture immersion programs for more than 50 years. The cultural experience is enhanced by the culturally authentic architecture at seven of the permanent sites situated around Turtle River Lake, a tributary to the Mississippi River.
The Language Villages’ mission is to prepare young people for responsible citizenship in the global community. In addition to summer programs for youth ages 7-18, the Language Villages also offers year-round language immersion programs for families, adults and language educators, as well as customized corporate training programs.
Participants choose from 15 world language programs: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. Programs are open to all levels of language ability.
What sets the program apart from other language immersion programs is an emphasis on understanding culture. In addition to language instruction, participants are fully immersed in the culture of the language they are studying. Participants, called “villagers,” arrive at camp by going through customs and having their Village Passport stamped. They choose a Village name and exchange their U.S. currency for the currency of the Village. Meal times offer not only the chance to try cuisine from the target culture, but an opportunity to acquire social language skills and to learn culture-specific customs and etiquette.
Additionally, programs are enhanced by an emphasis on environmental learning. The location of each Language Village, in the natural surrounding of the Minnesota North Woods, offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and environmental learning opportunities away from everyday distractions. The program fosters a focus on sustainable living practices within appropriate cultural perspectives and enhances the language-learning curriculum.
To learn more about programs offered this summer, visit ConcordiaLanguageVillages.org.