Annual TROY-STAR Chinese Summer Camp set for June

The two-week camp gives high school students a chance to learn more about Chinese language and culture.

The two-week camp gives high school students a chance to learn more about Chinese language and culture.

Troy University’s Center for International Languages and Cultures (CILC) is hosting the 11th annual TROY-STAR Chinese Summer Camp on campus this June.

TROY-STAR’s mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking and teaching critically needed foreign languages. By offering students creative and engaging summer experiences, TROY-STAR aims to form a community of practice that seeks continuous improvement and excellence.

The two-week-long camp, which begins June 28, is designed in response to the growing interest amongst young Americans to learn other languages.

Twenty-four high-school-age students from around the country will spend their time improving their Chinese language proficiency and learn more about Chinese culture.

Austin Deal, the program manager for the camp, described the lessons as completely immersive and designed to maintain a fun and interesting environment for the students involved. Students will not only be taught vocabulary and Mandarin Chinese language, but also dances and rituals that are important to the culture and its celebrations.

Deal also said that as TROY maintains its relationship with its academic partners in China, it’s important to continue to offer educational programs that will allow students to be a part of that relationship. This summer camp is just an extension of the programs that the CILC offer throughout the year.

As a part of the CILC’s mission, they seek to provide every student with an international experience, whether that be abroad or at home. This not only includes promoting global awareness, but also confronting cultural and diversity issues and serving as a liaison between its students and various organizations and communities.

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Attendees of the TROY-STAR summer program will have daily access to similar lessons and classes. They will be housed on campus throughout the duration of the camp and provided with three meals each day in the dining hall.

Applications for the summer will be accepted through May 1, 2021, and must include a $50 registration fee, student essay and official school transcript. All students grades 9-12 can apply.

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