When the holidays arrive, it is time to consider the children's summer and it is also the ideal time for them to learn English in a more playful way. For this reason, camps in English have become popular for children, although in truth they have existed for more than 20 years, the methods and system
When the holidays arrive, it is time to consider the children's summer and it is also the ideal time for them to learn English in a more playful way. For this reason, camps in English have become popular for children, although in truth they have existed for more than 20 years, the methods and systems they use have been improving over the years, thus achieving very good results in learning another language.
How do English camps for children work?
We can find different types of camps for children, and practically all of them use the same system of teaching English. It is a total immersion in the language from the moment they enter until they leave. All those responsible are native boys or girls or with a bilingual level.
Since the child arrives at the camp, everything will be explained to them in English and they will have to speak in English with their classmates, although they will always have Spanish support if they need anything. In addition, some have daily English classes to help in the correct learning of English grammar. Something very useful and important at the time of choosing it is that at least have 3 hours per week of English classes.
The English camps are also usually accompanied by adventure or risk sports, trying to involve the child with the nature of the camp environment.
To which children are the camps addressed in English?
Children from 8 or 10 years old, although in recent years they have started to offer themselves even from 5 years of age, which facilitates the learning of the language and better results are obtained in a shorter period of time.
Some camps do entrance tests to enter, in all of them it is a test of the child's level of English, this test is done to prevent any child from feeling isolated when they can not understand the monitors when they arrive, besides improving the performance of the group.
Advantages and disadvantages of bilingual camps for children
Camps in English is a good choice when choosing vacations for the child, since English usually becomes a game, these types of camps are very well assembled and accompanied by a large number of sports activities and related to the nature of the area, with what children love and do not take it as a job but as a total game, so in addition to enjoying the holidays in a different way, they will live lots of new and very fruitful experiences in the future.
The greatest difficulty in the operation of this type of camps is found as always in the number of children, since they have to speak English constantly, it is very difficult to achieve, so that the time children are alone will use the Spanish, is the biggest drawback to achieve total immersion, so the ratio of children per monitor is very important.
Although in any case, usually in this type of camps you get a number of hours a day listening and speaking very important English, being able to reach 70% of the time according to the number of activities that the camp has.