How To: Create a Succesful English Camp


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How To: Create a Succesful English Camp

  1. 1. How To Guide: Creating a Successful English Camp<br />Model Example: English Camp @ <br />Princess Chulabhorn’s College <br />Chiang Rai, Thailand<br />Prepared by: Paige Battcher<br />Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, ETA to Thailand 2008-09<br />Copyright 2011 ©<br />
  2. 2. THEME<br />A strong theme will help structure activities and will help create a storyboard for your camp<br />
  3. 3. EXAMPLE THEME: “English Around the World”<br />Introduction<br />This year for Princess Chulabhorn’s College Chiang Rai English Camp, we have chosen the theme “English Around the World.” Seeing as that English has become one of the, if not the most prominent language in many countries around the world, we feel it is vital to stress the importance of having a strong command of the English language at an early age. While all activities will be entertaining, educational, and exciting for the students, they will also stress English as an international language. <br />In order to keep things organized throughout the duration of English camp, students will be separated into teams. These teams will be named after the continents of the world (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America- all except Antarctica) and will have different colored headbands in order to differentiate the six teams from one another. By focusing on these six continents and various aspects of their culture, we hope to show the students that regardless of what they do or where they go in life, being able to speak English is an extremely valuable skill.<br />Copyright 2011<br />Prepared by Paige Battcher, Kirsten Farkas, and Alicia Smith<br />
  4. 4. DETAILED SCHEDULE<br />The key to having a successful camp is in the details<br />Prepare a detailed schedule that is easy to follow for all participants and leaders<br />Be sure to prepare this well in advance of camp<br />
  5. 5. EXAMPLE DETAILED SCHEDULE: <br />Overview of English Camp 2009<br />Details of Opening Ceremony<br />Copyright 2011<br />Prepared by Paige Battcher, Kirsten Farkas, and Alicia Smith<br />
  6. 6. ACTIVITES<br />Activities, Games and Songs are the heart and soul of your camp<br />Prepare well in advance<br />Know the materials you will need<br />Make sure each activity has clear instructions<br />Don’t forget your theme<br />Friendly competition is fun<br />Be creative!<br />
  7. 7. ACTIVITES (cont.)<br />Activities should include basic parts of language comprehension:<br />Speaking<br />Listening<br />Reading <br />Writing<br />Activities should also include:<br />Song(s) / music<br />Physical activity (when students are up and moving, they are more invested in the activity)<br />
  8. 8. EXAMPLE ACTIVITY: <br />Station 1: “Shop ‘Til You Drop!” (Food from Australia)<br />Materials Needed<br />Detailed Instructions<br />Brief Outline of Objectives<br /><ul><li>At this station, students will be expected to exhibit their knowledge on the topic of food. Activities will include:
  9. 9. Unscrambling a variety of food vocabulary into appropriate food groups (fruits, vegetables, meat, and drinks)
  10. 10. Relay race to obtain a number of ingredients from a given shopping list
  11. 11. Purpose of activity:
  12. 12. To review commonly used food vocabulary
  13. 13. To practice making and receiving requests (i.e.: “Do you have any broccoli?”
  14. 14. Step-by-Step
  15. 15. Students will enter station and sing team cheer (5 minutes)
  16. 16. Unscrambling Activity: (2 minutes)
  17. 17. Students will each receive a food vocabulary word. The entire group will be asked to sort and stick the vocabulary words to the correct boards.
  18. 18. Relay Race Activity: (5 minutes)
  19. 19. Students will be divided into four groups and matched with a particular food group. One student from each group will be selected as the “clerk” and the rest of the students will be “shoppers”. The shoppers then run one at a time (relay style) and give the five vocabulary words to the clerk.
  20. 20. After relay, Kali will take away two or three vocabulary words randomly from each clerk.
  21. 21. Shopping Activity:(15 minutes)
  22. 22. Paige will explain instructions and reinforce phrases such as “Do you have any ___? “ “No, I don’t have any ___”, etc.
  23. 23. Clerks will be told to answer “Yes” or “No”, but not actually give them the vocabulary words. Shoppers to run one at a time (relay-style) to ask the clerks if they have a particular food item. If “NO”, they are finished and can sit on the ground. If “Yes”, they can get behind another line to ask a different clerk.
  24. 24. If a student is able to buy all items on his/her list, then they win the game. The number of winners who are awarded prized will be at the discretion of Paige (perhaps determined by speed of completion).
  25. 25. Materials Needed:
  26. 26. Vocabulary words(5 from each group), written on note cards
  27. 27. Velcro and/or tape (if tape, several rolls will work best)
  28. 28. Four poster boards labeled “Fruits”, “Vegetables”, “Meat”, and “Drinks”
  29. 29. 25-30 Shopping lists which contain one food item from each group
  30. 30. Board explaining instructions (if needed)</li></ul>Marker (if needed)<br />Copyright 2011<br />Prepared by Paige Battcher, Kirsten Farkas, and Alicia Smith<br />
  31. 31. Good Luck and Have FUN!<br />English Camp 2009 at Princess Chulabhorn’s College, Chiang Rai, Thailand<br /><ul><li>140 students
  32. 32. 6 American teachers
  33. 33. Dedicated staff of Thai English teachers
  34. 34. LOTS OF FUN!!</li></li></ul><li>RESOURCES<br />SEE (click here):<br />VIDEO with more activity examples (click below):<br /><ul><li>EMAIL:</li>