Language Day Camp!

November 01, 2016

        There are lots of little linguists around! On Friday, October 21st, the Phonological Processing Lab held a Pro-D Day Language Day Camp. Dr. Farris-Trimble and the lab RAs were joined by nine children between the ages of 7 1/2 and 10 at SFU for a jam-packed day of fun and learning. The camp was created as a way to connect with people in the community about the research happening on campus and provide an engaging way for kids to get excited about language. The day was also put on in collaboration with the Culture and Development Lab at SFU.

        The day was filled with lots of crafts, games, and hands-on language practice that showed the campers how exciting language can be. Campers learned all about hieroglyphics, solved language based clues to lead them on a Halloween themed scavenger hunt, discovered different ways animals communicate with each other, learned about how people can make up new languages for movies or books, and got to make up their own Harry Potter themed spells using parts of Latin words!

        The Phonological Processing Lab is interested in understanding how children use and acquire language. One of the ongoing research projects in the lab is an eye-tracking study examining children’s phonological representations. In addition to the other activities throughout the day, each camper had a turn to be a research participant in the study. 

        Everyone had a great time! To learn about future day camps or if you and your child are interested in participating in research, keep an eye on our website or email phono@sfu.ca for more information!

Here are also some photos from previous day camps held by the lab: