Outcomes of a Concordia Language Villages Experience

By experiencing our mission, participants leave our program with skills needed for success in the 21st century, including:

Ways of thinking.

Creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and learning. By experiencing the grand simulation that is life at Concordia Language Villages, villagers participate in learning (i.e.: inter-cultural, historical, social and global issues) that develops the skills of teamwork and problem-solving. Being immersed in an inter-cultural environment introduces villagers to different perspectives and points of view, helping them make connections between beliefs and actions.

Skills for living in the world.

Citizenship, life and career, and personal and social responsibility. In addition to the obvious focus on language learning, villagers learn to understand the viewpoints and life-approaches of other nations, ethnicities, and cultures; learn to work collaboratively with peers and staff from across the world;, and get thoughtfully exposed to different beliefs and lifestyles.

The Language Villages learning community models and instills a spirit of respect and presents a supportive setting for open dialog. Villagers come to emulate the skills and practices (empathy, listening, caring) that are critical to citizenship and to building supportive and productive communities.

Ways of working.

Communication and collaboration. Typical of all camp settings, Concordia Language Villages builds an intentional learning community which requires villagers work in teams to accomplish creative tasks, problem-solving tasks, competitive tasks, daily life tasks, and presentational tasks that build collaborative skills. The added challenge in a Village setting is achieving all that in another language while working together with new and returning friends from around the world.

The community aspect of our programs is paramount and extends to the villagers residential setting, where they discuss goals for their small cabin community and take the initiative that address interpersonal challenges that arise, thereby developing the collaborative and communicative skills necessary for a positive living environment among people from diverse backgrounds based on what it means and takes to be a contributing citizen of a Village.

Tools for working.

Information and communications technology (ICT) and information literacy. Villagers develop this skill in our programs by being exposed to a second language and having to process information presented in a variety of ways, including visual (written/pictures/objects) and aural/oral (person to person, recorded, through music, in presentations).

While the philosophy of our programs is to promote genuine face-to-face communication absent smart phones and texting, villagers use technology in the simulated Village environment both to further their own language and comprehension skills, and importantly, to understand other nations and cultures technological approaches and usage standards. Villagers actively engage in gathering and sharing information with peers.