Memphis, TN—-For the sixth consecutive year, Christian Brothers University (CBU) is hosting the Lasallian Language Camp for students ages 10-14 from Northern Mexico. The camp immerses the students not only in the English language but also in the native culture and its norms. During their month here in Memphis, the students attend class for three hours in the morning where they are exposed to intense instruction of the English language, followed by an afternoon homework session in which volunteers from Christian Brothers High School assist them in their assignments.
After this daily rigorous academic training, they participate in activities that provide a natural environment for them to practice their enhanced English skills. Scott Crossley, Director of the program, states, “The students have the opportunity to interact with native speakers and experience the English culture through extracurricular activities such as American sports, field trips, board games, puppet shows and making posters.”
This daily routine is quite different from their attendance of Lasallian schools in Northern Mexico where they take a one hour daily English class along with other subjects before returning to their family homes. In addition, the Memphis terrain of lots of trees and green landscapes is a stark contrast to desert of their homeland. The students note the CBU campus as a beautiful setting with a sense of quietness surrounding it.
Brother Francisco Martin, CBU Literature & Languages lecturer, touts that the benefits of this camp are realized once the students return home. Their English skills are significantly improved as seen by higher grades; but of more importance, is the appreciation and knowledge that they take with them of the Memphis community, its citizens and this country. ###