The children ‘s camps. - safe, entertaining, useful
Each summer a large number of parents are asking themselves: how lots of their children’s free time during the summer holiday to be safe, interesting and useful. The international pedagogical practice has long discovered the answer:Enrolling the children in a children’s language camp.
This ensures extremely varied and enjoyable vacation during which, along with the entertainments, children learn many new things about communication, about the public, the man, the nature; they learn useful habits in their everyday life, form traits of their character. Today especially popular are the camps with the study of English language, which is understandable because it is not only a universal language of communication around the world, but it is also a necessity for the successful professional and public realization of the personality. The prestigious camps with an implemented study and improvement of the English language are international ones. They offer training for children aged between 5 and 15, regardless of the level of command in the language - there are groups according to the levels, as well as groups for beginners.To obtain a license, they follow both the national requirements of the specific country and the international standards for safety and comfort of the children as well. The programs, which combine in complex the training and the entertainment, are according to international methods adapted to the particularities of the place where the camp is - mountain, sea, woody places, etc. These camps are in luxury bases such as LuckyKids in Bansko which is in a five-star hotel complex. The safety there is provided to the smallest details, so that, there is no fragile glass, for example,and there are no sharp edges either; the floors are covered with soft fitted carpets, etc. There is a twenty-four-hour designated medical person, who is equipped according to the world requirements. The teams -- educators and animators - are with a very long practice in the work with children. Teachers themselves are usually from English-speaking countries where they have long taught English to adolescents. Also, the animators, are excellent fluent English speakers, and professionally they work with a variety of entertainments for children. In practice, they are English-language camps because this language is used all the time in all occupations and activities, in which children are in a real English-speaking environment.
The training in the linguistic camps
Generally speaking, the day of the children in the linguistic camps is divided into two: training with the teachers in the linguistic school until midday, and entertainments, guided by the animators from afternoon until bedtime in the evening. The entertainments, in which the communication is only in English, are skillfully intertwined with the topics, through which, the studied-until-midday material to be consolidated.
The topics can be about nature - for example during horse riding or outings; about healthy lifestyle /nutrition and physical activity/ - during a course of fun cooking, or during games at the pool; comprehensive ones - during the dinners for presentation of the various nationalities; about Art - in a wide variety of creative workshops, etc. This topic, before that, is discussed in an entertaining form, under the leadership of the teachers of the linguistic school. It is not presented as facts to-be-learned by heart, but the children work on projects and collect information from various sources including the Internet. Also, different engaging stories can be read, comics, tales, enjoyable competitions can be organized, collective games, etc. The information gathered is then summarized, and multimedia presentations made. Of course, all the time children are guided skilfully by the lecturer. With a view to the quality of the work, the groups are small, so that the teacher can approach each student individually. Thus the children learn new vocabulary permanently, improve their ‘listening with understanding’, orthoepy, spelling. It is also very important that they broaden their horizons, receive knowledge for the proper use of the Internet, learn to work in a team, communicate directly and really, orientate quickly in the new environment. This helps them to develop self-esteem and responsibility for their actions, activates their creative potential for expression.