English in Camp – Facilitator’s Guide
Report on English in CampIntroduction
At the request of the District Language Officer I was asked to organize training for primaryschool teachers on how to run an English Camp for their pupils. This has now beenconducted and this is the report about the training.The course was conducted in the form of a real mini-English Camp with teachers asparticipants and using 10 other teachers as facilitators. These facilitators were chosen onthe basis that they each had had previous experience at conducting English Camps.
It was felt that this type of instruction warranted an extended period of time, more than isnormally allocated by taking a morning or an afternoon before or after teaching. It wastherefore decided that the training would take place on a working Saturday morning, whenteachers would be in school, but could stay longer at the training as they would not have torush to teach afternoon classes.
DELC and facilitators met together two weeks prior to the event to discuss how the campwas to be conducted. During the discussion we came up with a number of different activitiesthat can be conducted on English Camps and a general list was:
Group presentations –dramas etc.
Problem solving activities
Newspaper activitiesFrom the above list it was felt that the only events that would be presented during thetraining wereA.Ice breakersB.Treasure HuntsC.SingingD.Physical exerciseE.Relay racesF.Sensory GamesG.Newspaper activitiesThese items were decided on the basis that they could be presented relatively easily andquickly and thus allowing time for discussion and creativity on the part of the participants tothink how these activities could be adapted to their own teaching context. Activities such asCrafts, Group Presentations and Personal Reflections were relevant only to long term campsspread over two or three days.From this list it was decided that Ice Breakers, Physical Exercise and Relay Races couldbest be conducted with the participants all together, whilst the other activities were bestdone in small groups. A timetable was therefore produced as follows: