Portuguese 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 Portuguese camp day includes 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 the two age groups:

Pre-K-Grade 2


The Portuguese immersion component of the ISI Language Summer Camp will be led by native speakers enlisted by the International School of Indiana. Following are bios for the camp's instructors:

Pre-K to Grade 2: Michelle Dias

Fluent in Portuguese and English, Dias has more than 30 years of ESL experience in the U.S. and Portugal. Since 2008, she has worked as a Portuguese/English teacher for children at the Berlitz Language Centre in Boston, and since 2016 has taught Portuguese at the Escola Portuguesa de Cambridge and Somerville in Cambridge, Mass. She also works as a Kindergarten/Grade 1 Assistant Teacher at King Open School in Cambridge, Mass., teaching remotely in the Portuguese/English immersion program.

Dias has extensive experience in private and nonprofit school programs for children, as well. In the late 1990s, she founded and directed a non-profit, after-school learning center for elementary children in Amares, Portugal. In the 2000s, she founded a private ESL English language school in Amares, an institution accredited by the Portuguese Department of Education and regulated by the British Council Local Examinations Syndicate and the University of Cambridge, England.

Also communicative in Spanish and French, Dias has studied Portuguese and English at the University of Mino in Braga, Portugal (2003); earned a certificate in Pedagogical Aptness from the Portuguese Department of Education (2003) and Proficiency in English from Cambridge (1989); and taken courses through Harvard University (2009), Open University in Portugal (2003), and Universidade Católica in Lisbon, Portugal (1995).


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?

Contact the International School of Indiana by email at info@isind.org