The Frederick County Public Schools World Language camp is in full swing at Crestwood Middle School.
“The Introductory Camp is for younger elementary students, first and second grade, to experience six different languages each day, so there is a rotation. For example, the students start in Arabic the first day,” said FCPS World Languages Curriculum Specialist, DeWayne Cash.
“Then they go to French, then to German, then to Latin, and then to the other languages, so there is a little bit of a sampling if you will,” added Cash.
“It’s really rewarding because Russian is a language that I feel like many people don’t know and it’s very different from English so the kids have lots of fun learning it, so they learn their favorite animals, colors,” said Russian Language Volunteer, Natalia Chavez-Brown.
Cash says he started this program a few years ago.
“Since we don’t have an articulated day program of languages, I decided to start this initiative a few years ago as a means of students having this opportunity minimally, during the summer,” said Cash.
Cash says when it comes to learning another language, students can learn multiple languages better, when they are younger.
“In addition to what the research tells us about language opposition, and that it happens best in the formative stages, think in terms like we do English, we begin when they’re still in the womb,” Cash continued.
“A lot of them are very foreign to the language because it’s a totally different alphabet, but they’re really excited to learn it because it is totally different from English,” said Russian Language Volunteer, Alexia Chavez-Brown.