Learning to Speak and Write English is Fun at Summer ESL Camp!



Summer ESL Camp


Summer camp can be the highlight of a child’s summer vacation. Making new friends, having fun in the sun, singing songs, and playing games are experiences that become fond summer memories. But summer camp can also be a great place for learning. If your child is just beginning to speak English, or if he or she needs to practice speaking or writing it, an ESL summer camp can boost language skills in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. 


Sometimes children who are in the process of learning English find school situations stressful. They’re anxious that they might make a mistake, and that other children might laugh at their grammar or diction. At a good ESL camp, these worries are erased. Every child in the English class is there because he/she needs practice, and the instructors provide entertaining ways for them to do this. Students support one another’s efforts and help each other to do their best. Because there is little pressure, children learn to speak more confidently.



What Happens at ESL Camp?


Better ESL camps bring together groups of children from countries around the world who want to improve the way they speak and write. There are a number of different activities that instructors can use to help children practice their language skills, such as playing games and engaging in focused conversations, but some camps go above and beyond, creating group activities that take learning to the next level. For example, one Toronto ESL camp gets students to work together to write and rehearse a drama. Their performance at the end of the week is sure to be a hit with parents! Another program involves having children create and perform their own songs or cheers. One popular ESL camp involves children brainstorming, learning to organize ideas, and writing stories. Look for a program that encourages fun, laughter, and friendship.


Perhaps the most important factor in the success of an ESL camp program is the instructor. If an instructor is kind, caring, and patient, children are encouraged to participate. Before booking a camp for your child, ask some questions about the instructors. Are they TESL certified? Are they Ontario Certified Teachers? Do they use the TOEFL?


Another important element is the participation of children from various countries and cultures. When English is the only language that they all have in common, kids try harder to communicate with one another. By using it in at lunch or during recreational activities, children learn to communicate in English both formally and informally.


Choosing an ESL Camp


When you’re looking for an ESL day camp, there are several factors to consider. Location will be specific to your situation, as will aspects such as whether or not you’ll need to access extended care in the mornings or evenings. Price is a major consideration for most parents; many camps offer special discounts for families who register more than one child.


Other aspects to consider include the student-teacher ratio, the cleanliness and safety of the facility, whether or not the program includes outdoor activities, and whether or not instructors are well-versed in first aid and CPR.


English is a difficult language. Why not let your child learn to speak and write it in a fun and lively summer ESL camp?