Did you know that California has been home to Chinese and Spanish-speakers for over 500 years -- longer than it has been part of the United States? Chinese and Spanish aren't just two of the most-used languages in the world, crucial for international business and diplomacy: for Angelenos, these languages are part of our own history, culture, and daily life.
Recognizing the importance of these languages to our city and for our children's future, the UCLA Summer Language Lab (SLAB) gives LAUSD students the opportunity to spend four full days learning Spanish and Mandarin from certified native-speaking teachers for free, giving local students a jump-start in using these critical languages in real-world contexts (as close as their own neighborhoods!). Our theme is "One community, many roots," celebrating California's multilingual heritage.
On July 24, 2017, the newly-launched UCLA Summer Language Lab welcomed over 140 local K-12 students for the first day of class. The SLAB took place at Mark Twain Middle School, a UCLA TIE-INS school. Students spent the morning learning Mandarin from guest teachers from China, part of the College Board Guest Teacher Summer Institute, as well as California teachers earning their Bilingual Authorization through the new UCLA Summer Intensive for Bilingual Teachers (SIBT). The afternoon Spanish classes were taught by SIBT's Spanish teacher participants, as well as senior UCLA Spanish Bilingual Credential candidates. At the end of the day, some Summer Language Lab students stayed an extra hour longer to take art classes led by UCLA Visual and Performing Arts Education teachers, where they experimented with ink painting, paper cutting, and other traditional art forms.
The UCLA Summer Language Lab was made possible through the partnership and support of the following organizations:
UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
UCLA Confucius Institute
The College Board
UCLA Center X
UCLA Visual and Performing Arts Education
National Council of State Supervisors for Languages
Los Angeles Unified School District