Language Detectives

Program provided in partnership with UBC's Department of Linguistics

Become a detective, be a linguist! Through a mix of indoor and outdoor activities led by UBC Linguistics students, our goal is for campers to develop critical thinking and have fun with languages. Activities vary from learning secret and coded languages, to searching for clues around UBC campus. All their training and challenges will prepare each camper for their final quest: to discover the biggest secret... all languages are mysterious and beautiful in their own ways!

In this camp, campers will: 
• Be exposed to new languages from around the world, including coding languages
• Be challenged to find patterns in languages 
• Play outdoor games, design posters and engage in arts and crafts
• Learn about the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) and use those tools to explore speech sciences
• Encounter the different subdivisions of Linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, computational linguistics and more!

Goals: 
• Practise critical thinking and problem-solving skills
• Enjoy a glimpse to the field of linguistics 
• Increase interest in other languages!
• Above all, campers are going to have fun!

Prerequisites:
Campers must speak, read and write fluently in English.

Required Equipment:
This is an outdoor camp so dress for the weather; bring a hat and sunscreen.

Consent Form: UBC Camps Enrichment Consent
A digital copy of the consent form is completed during online registration. In-person or over the phone registration requires a paper copy be submitted prior to the first day of camp.

Available Sessions

Code Course Age Date Course Day(s) Time Location Fee  
00115630 Language Detectives 8-10 yrs Jul 2-Jul 5 Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00AM-4:00PM Totem Field Studios - 2613 West Mall $404.00 Register
00115612 Language Detectives 11-13 yrs Jul 8-Jul 12 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00AM-4:00PM Totem Field Studios - 2613 West Mall $505.00 Register
00115620 Language Detectives 8-10 yrs Jul 15-Jul 19 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00AM-4:00PM Totem Field Studios - 2613 West Mall $505.00 Register
00115626 Language Detectives 11-13 yrs Jul 22-Jul 26 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00AM-4:00PM Totem Field Studios - 2613 West Mall $505.00 Register
00115627 Language Detectives 8-10 yrs Jul 29-Aug 2 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00AM-4:00PM Totem Field Studios - 2613 West Mall $505.00 Register
00115628 Language Detectives 11-13 yrs Aug 6-Aug 9 Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00AM-4:00PM Totem Field Studios - 2613 West Mall $404.00 Register
00115629 Language Detectives 8-10 yrs Aug 12-Aug 16 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00AM-4:00PM Totem Field Studios - 2613 West Mall $505.00 Register