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

Les vacances linguistique des étudiants traditionnel.

Traditionnellement, Les étudiants sont envoyés en groupes dans un pays étranger.  They stay in dorms as a group where there can be anything from twenty to a few hundred students.  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, toutefois, il y a un avantage limité à améliorer leur anglais.

Le défi de cette approche est que les étudiants sont entourés par les enfants de la même nationalité pour la durée du séjour.

L'impact de cela est la suivante:

  • Ils retourneront à parler leur langue maternelle comme il est plus facile de parler de cette façon
  • Ils ont pas l'occasion de mettre en pratique ce qu'ils apprennent dans les cours d'anglais
  • Aucune occasion de pratiquer l'anglais de conversation avec des gens qui parlent l'anglais comme première langue

Le résultat final est l'occasion pour améliorer l'anglais d'être dans un autre pays aura été manquée.  en outre, ils ne reçoivent pas de vivre ce que la vie normale ou la culture est comme dans le pays qu'ils visitent.

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.