Summer Talk – Virtual Chinese Immersion Camp

  • Why choose MMX Summer Talk?
    • The great goal of learning a new language is to expand your mind and to expand your connections with people across the world. Chinese Dual-Immersion programs are exceptional in developing language skills but are often limited to the social circle of their classroomthe school community. The MMX Summer Talk Virtual Chinese Immersion Camp will utilize the Mandarin Matrix network of Chinese Immersion students and US-licensed teachers across the country to allow students to safely connect access and communicate with a wider cohort of peers and native speakers. 
    • With COVID-19 concerns causing cancellations of many gatherings, this innovative virtual summer camp maintains the social engagement of a traditional summer camp but with the adds flexibility, and the convenience and safety of connecting from your own home. 
    • Students will participate in a daily 50-minute live video sessions with a US licensed Chinese teacher and will be broken out into small groups to assure them ample opportunity to speak with peers and teachers. In addition to a curated summer reading list, students will complete custom-built self-paced lessons where collaboration will continue with fellow students through the week of the camp. With significant support, every student will work on a personal language project throughout the week to share with the teacher and class. If the project meets our rubric standards, it will be “published” with permission to the whole Mandarin Matrix network for others to enjoy.

  • About the camp

After Signing-up, you’ll receive a parent account connected to your student’s current Mandarin Matrix Online Account (if applicable), which will soon be updated with our full digital library. At the beginning of the summer holidays, your student’s Mandarin Matrix Online Classroom account will be populated with a curated summer reading list to get them ready for the selected summer camp(s) and that will continue throughout the summer so that they will be better prepared to return to school in the fall.

Via our new Mandarin Matrix Academy students will receive all the resources and live class links necessary for the Virtual Camp. You will not have to worry about new or multiple usernames and passwords for any Summer Talk resource, everything will be available at www.mandarinmatrix.com

Before the camp starts we will send out an orientation video, class syllabus, and pre-assessment. The camp runs Monday to Friday and will have a live 50-minute session via our virtual classroom every day at your chosen time. If you happen to miss a live session, you can watch a recorded version of the session, but your student will not be able to participate in the speaking collaborative activities, so we highly encourage students to participate in the live sessions. Each 50-minute session will consist of teacher direct instruction to the whole group, modeled practice of the daily objective with a few individual students, followed by break-outs into small groups for students to work together on their daily goals. 

Each live virtual classroom session will be followed by either an assessment or unique self‑paced interactive lesson.

The goal of the live sessions and self-paced lessons is to support each student to complete a fun and unique personal language project. (e.g. a video of a student doing their favorite summer hobby and describing it in Chinese, or a student writing and illustrating a short Chinese Science-Fiction story)

All language projects will be shared with fellow students in their group. Every student has the opportunity to publish their project for the entire Mandarin Matrix network to enjoy! (What a great way to go back to school and share with your teacher and classmates what you did this summer).

  • Themes

Experience a unique theme each week:

  • Summer Hobbies
  • Exploration/Adventure
  • The Natural World
  • Fantasy/Sci-Fi
  • Chinese Ancient and Modern Culture
  • And More!

For families new to learning Chinese, we have a special program for students and parents that will provide the language and the strategies to be successful in their first year of Chinese immersion.

Class time:

  • 9:00 to 9:50 am MT
  • 10:00 to 10:50 am MT
  • 3:00 to 3:50 pm MT
  • 4:00 to 4:50 pm MT

Proficiency: What Level is best for your Student?
In order to provide the best virtual camp experience possible, we are not dividing our levels according to grade-level, but according to a student’s Chinese proficiency. We are doing this so students will get the most the engagement, entertainment value out of the camp. We recommend looking at your student’s most recent AAPPL test results (for 3rd grade and up) to find their proficiency, or talking to your student’s current teacher. 

Our levels:

Beginner:
This is for students (and parents!) new to Chinese Immersion beginning in the fall of 2020. 

Novice-Low
This class would be most suited for students who have completed one year of Chinese Immersion or a student who has completed two years but may be struggling to understand their Chinese teacher or to produce language beyond a few rote phrases. 

Novice-Mid
This class would be most suited for students who have completed one year of Chinese and seem to be really thriving with the language, or have completed two years of Chinese—these students are able to communicate and create in Chinese with some simple sentences. 

Novice-High
This class would be most suited for students who have completed two years of Chinese and seem to be really thriving with the language. Students who have completed three years of Chinese will fit nicely here, and many 4th year students who aren’t always comfortable with their Chinese in Chinese class will find this class most enjoyable. Novice-High students are able to communicate and create in Chinese in full sentences.

Intermediate-Low
This class would be most suited for students who have completed four years of Chinese and seem to be really thriving with the language. Students who have completed five to six years of Chinese will fit nicely here, and many 7th year students who aren’t always comfortable with their Chinese in Chinese class will find this class most enjoyable. Intermediate-Low students are able to communicate and create in Chinese in simple paragraphs.

Intermediate-Mid
This class would be most suited for students who have completed 7 years of Chinese and seem to be really thriving with the language. This level will work well for students who are in their 8th and 9th years of Chinese and preparing for AP.