Day two of English Camp consisted of six stations (run by each of the Americans), a large scavenger hunt, and a trip to the night bazaar in the city. My station was called “Jungle Jams” and it required the students to write and perform songs about Africa set to instrumental music. It was an unexpected and excitingly successful station. The other stations included such activities as relay races, charades, obstacle courses, the Cha Cha slide (dancing), drawing, and speaking. The scavenger hunt, won by team Africa (go go green!), resulted in smiling and extremely sweaty faces. In fact, some of the students exerted so much energy running around campus for the scavenger hunt that they sweat through their headbands to the point where the permanent marker, displaying their American nicknames, was then hilariously displayed on to their foreheads. English Camp finished up on Saturday in the early afternoon with a production by all teams and a competition for Mr. & Ms. Universe. English Camp was a great success, agreed upon by all.
If you are planning an English Camp near you, I would be happy to share some of the logistical materials and resources we used to organize our camp. I also have some audio files for songs. Just get in touch: email@example.com. Also, don’t forget to watch the video at the top of this post.
SOME ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:
UPDATE JANUARY 2011
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As a Fulbright grantee, I was awarded the chance to teach English as a foreign language in Thailand. I taught highschool students at Princess Chulabhorn’s College Chiang Rai (PCC), a boarding school in northern Thailand. In January, I helped my department organize a three-day English camp for nearly 200 M2 (8th grade) students at PCC. The camp was a great success. In the end, I created this instructional video, provided on CD with logistical documents (materials lists, station descriptions, etc.) for use by next years native English teachers and Thai English teachers. This CD was presented to both PCC and the Fulbright Commission in Thailand, the Thailand-U.S. Educational Foundation (TUSEF).
— Special thanks to: Alicia Smith and Kirsten Farcus (for our planning sessions and friendship); to Kali Schloth, Brad Foster, and Caryn Fields (for their help making the camp a success); and to the faculty and staff of Princess Chulabhorn’s College Chiang Rai (particularly the English Department, for without them this would not have been possible). —