MAndarin CAMP STRUCTURE: What Will the kids do?

The ISI Language Summer Camp blends a variety of instructional and recreational activities to engage children of all ages. Each Mandarin camp day includes at least two daily lessons on key words and phrases, dialogue practice, and exposure to traditional music, folklore and literary stories. Rotating camp themes and hands-on activities include family, food, dance, music, movies, books, history, fashion, jobs, sports, hobbies, holidays, environment, geography, general lifestyle and more. Following are sample camp structures for each age group:

Pre-K-Grade 2

Grades 3-5



The Mandarin immersion component of the ISI Language Summer Camp will be led by faculty from the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University. Following are bios for the camp's instructors:

Yung-Yung Chang

With nearly a decade of experience teaching Chinese as a second language at the college level, Yung-Yung Chang is a A Ph.D. student in Chinese linguistics in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Since 2015, she has been an Associate Instructor of Chinese at IU, including several years in the Chinese Flagship Center, preparing undergraduate lesson plans and teaching materials, managing classes, developing classroom activities on writing academic papers and communicating in social and formal exchanges. Before that, she was a teaching fellow in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

She earned her master’s in Chinese Pedagogy from IU (2017) and her bachelor’s in accounting from National Taiwan University (2009). She has been a presenter or co-presenter at multiple Chinese education and linguistics conferences at IU and the University of Notre Dame.


A native Mandarin speaker fluent in English with a strong background in Chinese culture, Ting Li has taught Chinese in Indiana, Kentucky and abroad for nearly 15 years. Since 2013, she has been a Chinese Instructor for the ICCCI Chinese School at Carmel High School, and previously was a Chinese teacher at Decatur Central High and Middle School, and CFI IPS School 27, both in Indianapolis.

From 2007 to 2012, she taught at the Kentucky Chinese School in Louisville. She also was program leader for CIEE Summer Camp in Shanghai and Nanjing, China. She also was a college professor for a year at Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China.

She earned her bachelor’s in Public Administration and Education (2003) and her master’s in Educational Economics and Public Administration (2006) from Shaanxi Normal University. She holds an Indiana Chinese teaching license for K-12, a National Teacher Certificate from China, and is certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). In 2013, she received the Confucius Institute Chinese Teacher Excellence Award in Indianapolis.

Ting-Han Chang

A Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington, Ting-Han Chang has been a Mandarin Chinese lecturer in the Summer Language Program at IU, as well as tutored undergraduate students in IU’s Chinese Flagship Program. She specializes in quantitative and qualitative methodologies; diversity, inclusion, race and racism in higher education; college student leadership and development; and organizational change for equity.

Since 2017, she has been the Assistant Director of Research and Assessment at the National Institute for Transformation and Equity in the Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University-Bloomington. She also has been a research assistant at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and she was the Study Abroad Programs Manager at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. She has presented at nearly a dozen major education conferences in the U.S. and Canada.

Since 2016, she has taught graduate level courses in the Higher Education & Student Affairs program at IU, focusing on diversity and inclusion perspectives, race theory, and student leadership and development. She earned her master’s in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt (2015) in Nashville, and her Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from National Taiwan University.

Amy Jen

With more than 50 years of Mandarin-teaching experience, Amy Jen has lived, studied, and taught in four countries. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1971 from the National Taiwan Normal University, her M Ed. degree in 1978 from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Education in 1996 from Biola University in California. Her experience includes substitute teaching for junior and high schools in Bloomington, Ind.; training post-college Chinese students to teach in international schools in Beijing; and teaching at an international school in Ankara, Turkey. She also has counseled international students at Indiana University and Purdue University through a non-profit organization.




What: Language Summer Camp, Pre-K through grade 12, a partnership between the International School of Indiana and the Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies
When: The Arabic and Mandarin sessions run 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14 to 25. The Portuguese session (Pre-K to Grade 2 only) runs same times June 21 to July 2.
Where: Blackwell Building, International School of Indiana, 4330 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46208
Cost: $300 per week (lunch not included). Participants should bring food, drinks, snacks and a face mask.
Flexible options: Not sure which language to select? Try them all! Participants can sign up for one, two or all three languages.
No language experience required: The camp is designed for beginner-level students to ensure everyone has a great experience. Lesson content is unique each week and does not repeat.

ABOUT the international school of indiana

Founded in 1994 by state leaders, International School of Indiana is the only school in central Indiana offering all enrolled students, age three to grade 12, access to certified full-continuum International Baccalaureate (IB) programming and language immersion opportunities in three languages. ISI has nearly 525 students and is known for its distinctive education. Over the school’s 27-year history, 16 graduating classes totaling more than 400 graduates have left the school prepared to be responsible citizens and effective leaders in a rapidly growing globalizing and interdependent world.

About THE hamilton lugar school

The Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University is a global leader in the study of international affairs and the strategic languages and cultures that shape the world. Named for revered Hoosier statesmen and foreign policy voices, former Rep. Lee H. Hamilton and the late former Sen. Richard G. Lugar, the school is committed to educating global leaders who celebrate differences and seek shared understanding.

CAMP Questions?

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