Camps mix learning with fun

Two special Spanish immersion camps are planned through Lake Oswego School District Community School this summer.

For the first camp, scheduled for July 30 through Aug. 3, students will be grouped based on their Spanish language skill level.

'This camp is about enriching the lives of children through Spanish conversation, grammar, music, choreography, dancing, sports and cinema,' said Connie Bieberach, one of the camp directors. 'Come and learn about the cultural differences through cooking and foods, table manners and etiquette. ... Your child will be able to speak and understand the basic Spanish language with confidence by the end of this fun-filled week.'by: SUBMITTED - Connie Bieberach teach a Spanish immersion camp this summer at Lake Grove Elementary School. Campers will be split into groups based on their language skill levels.

The curriculum for the beginning section will include the Spanish alphabet, rules of pronunciation, reading and writing words, informal and formal greetings, songs in Spanish, plus choreography, games, movies and more.

The curriculum for the intermediate/advanced section will review the Spanish alphabet; special rules of pronunciation; writing, reading and speaking; informal and formal greetings; conjugation of verbs, phrases and sentences; songs; accent improvement; conversations; and quizzes.

This camp will be taught by Bieberach, Tolu Tahmassbi and Mariano De Orbegoso and will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the week. The cost is $235. Campers are requested to bring snacks, a lunch and a labeled water bottle each day. They should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing such as shorts and tennis shoes. The camp will be held at Lake Grove Elementary.

The second camp, La Playa, El Mar (The Beach, the Sea) is intended for children ages 4 through 7. It will run Aug. 6 through Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon.

This camp will provide an introduction to Spanish language, with an emphasis on lessons and activities centered on the sea and the many creatures of the sea. Crafts, songs and games will present Spanish vocabulary in a fun fashion.

This camp will be held at Lake Grove Elementary and is taught by Susan Masson. The cost is $150 per person. Campers should bring a healthy snack and a labeled water bottle each day and wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing; shorts and tennis shoes are preferred.

For more information or to register for either camp, visit the LOSD Community School online at

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