Hello. I hope you are surviving the summer heat. In Osaka, things have been a little slow the last few days. The summer TOEFL course students finished their classes on July 24. That means that all the regular students are on summer break.
However, we did have a summer English camp for our distance learning students. I was able to go to Chiba and teach the 155 Speaking and Listening camp class. It was a lot of fun. The students in my class were very friendly, and everyone seemed to get along well.
The camp was long (11 days) and took a lot of energy. The students were not used to using English from 9:00 in the morning until 5:30 at night. However, they did a pretty good job. We did many speaking activities every day. Students worked in pairs and small groups. They also often did mixers. This is when you need to stand up and walk around the room and interview or have short conversations with every other student in the class. It is a fun way to practice the grammar targets you are studying. I thought the students did a good job of trying to use the language that we were studying.
The students also gave one group presentation and one solo presentation. The group presentation was about a super hero they made. They made a picture of their super hero, and then they had to tell the class about their hero and their hero’s abilities. They were fun presentations. The solo presentation was about an important experience they had in their life.
We also did two role plays. The students had to take the various sentence patterns that we learned and use them in real life situations. They had to think of a situation and write a script. Then they had to memorize the script and act the story out for the rest of the class. The role plays were very well done. I really enjoyed them. Some of the students were pretty creative.
On the last day, after we finished classes, the students had a TOEFL test. Before the test, I said good bye to them. I was surprised because they made a thank you poster for me. There were pictures on it, and every student had written a small message on it. I was really happy to get it. They also gave me some gifts (I was very surprised by that too – thank you all again). Then we took some pictures. I am looking forward to seeing all of the students again in the future. Maybe I will see them in future workshops or camps.
All in all, the camp was a lot of fun, and I think every student improved their English. I hope they continue to practice hard at home.