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 accomodate family schedules. See below for information on past and upcoming day camps and the fun to be had!

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

After the success of our last Day Camp (see the news post here) we have already started planning our next one! It will be on Friday Feb. 16th from 9am-3pm at the SFU Burnaby Campus, which is a pro d day for the Burnaby and Surrey school districts. This will be a FREE day camp about the why, where, and how of language. Children from Kindergarten to grade 4 are eligible to register. Throughout the day children will learn about language by making crafts, playing games, and maybe even creating some of their own made up language! There is rumor too that the day camp is Olympic themed!

Contact the phonology lab at phono@sfu.ca if you wish to register your child. In the past we have reached our capacity for the day camp quite quickly so we suggest you contact us as soon as possible to reserve your child's spot.

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 phonologicaly 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.