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EIU Department of Foreign Languages

2018 EIU Spanish Immersion Camp
for High School Students

June 24-29, 2018 

Limited number of spaces still available.

E-mail Camp Director Kristin Routt


Apply Now! 


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  • Two Ways to Apply:

  • Held on the Campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, Second-Safest College Town in America!

  • High Schoolers from All States Welcome! All You Need is 1 Year of High School Spanish

  • Fun Language and Cultural Lessons--led by Camp Counselors and Faculty--Crafts, Games, and So Much More...

  • A Limited Number of Scholarships Still Available

All of your favorite camp activities . . . in Spanish!
What would YOU like to do during your residential summer camp experience?  Play some soccer or basketball?  Do some arts and crafts?  Cook a new dish?  How about doing all of these fun activities in Spanish while living on a college campus?  Join us June 24-June 29 for a week of Spanish language immersion and cultural experiences you will never forget on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois!  All students who will be in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in fall 2018 and who have had at least one year of high school Spanish are welcome. 


Your typical day at camp
Camp activities are centered on student interests while encouraging an immersion environment.  Activities are supervised by EIU faculty, aided by Spanish-speaking counselors that also live with you in the dorm.  Formal classroom instruction is limited to allow you to use your language skills in real-life situations.  Activities we might enjoy include:

  • getting a lesson on the drums playing Caribbean rhythms
  • creating a detailed and meaningful alfombra (“rug”) on the ground with colored sawdust like the ones used for processions in Central America. 
  • exercising our culinary skills by making a tortilla from Spain—the ingredient list may surprise you! 
  • checking out the rock wall at the gym on campus
  • roasting marshmallows around a fogata (camp fire)

Can a week make a difference in your Spanish? 
Language teaching experts agree that living a language in an immersion setting is the most effective way to learn.  A week of full immersion can make a difference you will notice.  As you carry out your daily activities while speaking Spanish with your counselors and fellow campers, you will gain confidence and lose your fear of expressing yourself.  You will feel the satisfaction of getting your Spanish outside the walls of your high school classroom, and into the real world with hands-on activities. 


Your camp staff
Learn from EIU’s Spanish faculty with decades of experience using communicative, task-based teaching methodologies who have lived and worked abroad.  Creative and energetic camp counselors with diverse backgrounds who are fluent in Spanish will join you in many of your activities, and live with you in the dorms right here on campus.


Application and Rates
Download and fill out the camp application or contact us at (217-581-5995) for a paper application.  Follow the instructions on the application to pay your deposit and reserve your spot.  Residential camper rate of $395 includes full room and board, tuition, supervision, and program materials. See brochure and application for discounted commuter rate.


Payments can be made online at
Contact Dr. Kristin Routt at or 217-581-5995 with any questions.

 Click on Camp Brochure Below to Download a Copy


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Department of Foreign Languages

Coleman Hall, First Floor
Fax: 217-581-3113

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