Figure out what your child wants to do this summer... Check! Find the perfect summer camp program... Check! Enroll, sit back, and relax... Well, not so fast.
If you’ve decided to enroll in one of the Jump! all-immersion summer camp programs, you might have a few more questions before your child starts with us. Usually, one question sticks out in parents' minds the loudest:
"If I’ve chosen an immersion program, do I need to do full-time?
How do I decide?"
Financial differences and scheduling aside, full-time and part-time immersion actually have very different outcomes. Language immersion is a commitment on both ends. For us, we commit to providing the best instruction and nurturing environment possible for your child to reach the highest level of fluency possible within the 8-week time frame. For you, we simply need a consistent, focused presence.
So, when contemplating full-time or part-time immersion, consider the following points from Jump! instructors and that full-time and part-time immersion have different language fluency goals.
For full-time immersion, language fluency is heightened and developed consistently for the eight weeks. Confidence in speaking the target language will emerge and you will see that your child will be able to speak in basic full sentences. The more your child goes, the more your child knows!
For part-time immersion the goals are different. For example, children in our summer program for 2 days a week, for five weeks, the mission is to learn the fundamentals of the target language. This includes basic vocabulary along with basic conversational ability. Your child will emerge more confident in the target language, but limited to more simple and direct phrases.
Of course, all learning ability depends on age, previous experience, enthusiasm to learn, and willingness to speak. But generally, part-time and full-time immersion have different outcomes. If you are interested in exposing your child to an environment in which fluency is essential, then we strongly recommend the full-time enrollment for the full 8 weeks, if possible. However, if your goals are more flexible and you want your child to learn the fundamentals of the target language, part-time immersion can be a good choice. However, we believe that for any endeavor to learn a new language, especially a complex language like Mandarin, full-time enrollment will be much more beneficial.
The more they go, the more they'll know.
We hope this helps you decide the goals you and your child want to achieve from Jump! this summer. Whether it be exposure to a target language or a more
intensive language immersion experience, Jump! is always here to answer any additional questions you may have.
Feel free to call any one of our centers in Westfield, Livingston, or Edison to ask us more about this.
We can’t wait to see you this summer!