FREE Day Camps

Little linguists join the lab! 

We hold Day Camps throughout the year for children in Kindergarten to grade 4. These Day Camps are FREE, fun, and educational days for your child to learn more about language and to participate in research. Day Camps are often held on Pro-D-Days or weekends to best accommodate family schedules.

Be sure to check out our Spring Day Camp on February 22nd in which we solve a mystery while travelling around the world and learning about different languages. Check below for more information about these upcoming camps and for some general information about camps we have run in the past.

To register your child for an upcoming day camp please email us at: phono@sfu.ca 

Please note, completion of this form does NOT register your child for the upcoming day camp.

This link takes you to the form on a webpage of an SFU lab we collaborate with. Any contact information you provide will be put in a shared database between the Phonological Processing Lab and LangDev Lab. It will only be used to contact you if we have a study or day camp for which your child is eligible in the future.

Future Little Linguists

The World of Language - February 22nd, 2018

Where in the world is our friendly detective Karl the Wug? Help us solve the mystery of where Karl has gone by using the language skills you never knew you had. Your child will get to learn about languages from all over the world as we work together to figure out where Karl has gone on his world travels.

For more information about this camp or to register please contact us at phono@sfu.ca.

Past Language Fun

The day camps were created as a way to connect with families in the community about the research happening on campus and to engage kids in the exciting topic of language.

The days are filled with lots of crafts, games, and hands-on language practice that show the campers how exciting language can be. Campers partake in a variety of age appropriate activities. In the past, older campers have learnt about hieroglyphics, discovered different ways animals communicate with each other, and learned about how people can make up new languages for movies or books including making up their own Harry Potter themed spells using parts of Latin words! Younger children have solved language based clues on a scavenger hunt, learned about what make speech special and completed fun craft activities making their own wugs (an iconic bird like creature created to investigate children's acquisition of plurals). 

In addition to the other activities throughout the day, each camper had a turn to participant in a research study. The Phonological Processing Lab is interested in understanding how children use and acquire language. The research studies run in these day camps investigate these topics helping improve our knowledge of language acquisition. In the past, campers have participated in research projects which explore children's phonological representations using eye-tracking. More information on our other childrens' studies can be found here.

Some of the past day camps have been run in collaboration with the Culture and Development Lab at SFU.