getting the most from english language summer camp

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Get the most from sending your child to a foreign country to improve their English

Die traditionelle Studentensprache Urlaub.

Traditionell, Die Schüler werden in Gruppen in ein fremdes Land geschickt.  Sie bleiben in den Schlafsälen als eine Gruppe, wo es etwas von zwanzig bis ein paar hundert Studenten sein kann.  The daily schedule is normally English Classes in the morning and some sporting activities in the afternoon.  The typical duration is 2 weeks The experience is great fun for children/ teenagers, jedoch, gibt es eine begrenzte Nutzen ihr Englisch zu verbessern.

Die Herausforderung bei diesem Ansatz ist, dass die Schüler von den Kindern der gleichen Nationalität für die Dauer des Aufenthaltes umgeben sind.

Die Auswirkung davon ist, wie folgt:

  • Sie werden zu sprechen ihre Muttersprache zurückfallen, da es einfacher ist, auf diese Weise zu unterhalten
  • Sie haben keine Möglichkeit, zu üben, was sie in dem Englischunterricht lernen
  • Keine Gelegenheit Englisch Konversation mit Menschen zu üben, das Englisch als Muttersprache sprechen

Das Endergebnis ist, dass Gelegenheit, Englisch zu verbessern, sich in einem anderen Land zu sein wird übersehen wurden.  In Ergänzung, sie bekommen nicht zu erfahren, was das normale Leben oder Kultur wie im Land ist sie besuchen.

The new language vacation approachTotal Language Immersion

The more recent approach to Language travel and improving a child’s English or second language is through total language immersion.   The approach of total language immersion has been fine-tuned and adopted by hebe Adventures. It is a completely different approach to what is outlined above.

What we have found, is that in many cases international students have been studying English from a young age.   There general level of English is very good and in essence, what is required is an environment where they have to practice speaking English.

Total Language Immersion puts the student in an environment where they live life as a local, living with a host family and attending camps/ schools/ work placement that is principally attended by local children/ teenagers.

Private English lessons can also be provided if required and the learnings from these lessons can be applied immediately with their host family or in the summer camps.

With this approach they get 3  key benefits over the traditional approach:

  • Because they living with a local host family that are not fluent in the studentsfirst language it is an environment where they have to speak English
  • The camps they attend are for local children, therefore, they have to practice their English while they are attending camp.
  • Living with a host family and being part of the family, immerses the student in family life, outing, sports etc.  They get to experience the culture of the country and what daily life is like.

Overall it is a much more complete and rewarding experience and very advantageous from improving their conversational English.  They also make new often life long friends in another country.