May attends language village

May attends language village Matthew May, son of Bruce and Diane May of Vermillion, attended Concordia Language Village's Waldsee German Language Village in northern Minnesota from June 12-17.

Concordia Language Villages is a program of Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, which introduces young people, ages 7 to 18, to 12 world languages and cultures including Chinese, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

By being immersed in language and culture, "villagers" experience a simulated visit to another country. Villagers are issued passports, exchange currency and adopt new names.

During six-day, 13-day and one-month sessions, villagers learn language and experience culture through large and small learning groups, holiday celebrations, reenactment of historical events, songs, dances, crafts, games and everyday conversations. Authentic foods also enhance the villagers' experience.

The one-month sessions, open to ninth- through 12th-graders, include formal language classes for high school credit. No previous language experience is necessary for any session as the program is structured for both beginners and those with more experience.

Concordia Language Villages also have programs in France, Germany, Japan and Spain for high school credit.

Dedicated to world peace through understanding, Concordia Language Villages started in 1961 with a two-week program in German attended by 75 young people. Now with its year-round programming, Concordia Language Villages annually welcomes more than 9,000 young people from all 50 states and many other countries.

The staff at each village comes from across the United States and includes native speakers as well as certified language teachers.

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