On May 28 – June 19, 2009 English Language and American Studies Summer Camp “Rainbow” was held at Gubkin city school “Gymnasia # 6” in Belgorod region. The project was supported be the English Language Office (Moscow).
Sixty-three students of 7-16 years took part in it. Participants were exposed to 75 hours of academic of English language and American cross-cultural communication during 18 days. American English instruction was based on non-traditional methodology; the students were exposed to 15 hours of counseling based on games and interactive activities oriented at inculcating leadership skills and confidence in them. The curriculum included 5 modules: English and American culture through video resources, Just for pleasure: English through games and communicative activities, Teaching English through songs, Merry Grammar: Enjoy English grammar through games and songs, Leadership Qualities and team building through English and creative activities.
The team of school instructors included five teachers of local schools and native speakers – Angela Michelle Boddie and Katie Lenhoff. The interaction with American teachers was a very important stimulating factor. Angela Boddie spent one week in the camp. She carried out different out-of-class activities and conducted some lessons in all groups of the English language summer camp students. Katie and Angela conducted four lessons teaching writing and creating fairy-tales.
The participants of the English language summer camp got only two home tasks. They were to write a short introduction for the English language summer camp book and to provide 3 reasons to be the participants of the camp.
Every day different activities, games, quizzes and contests were organized. The leaders of the group visited Raevsky Museum (Bogoslovka, Belgorod region). The campers went to the cinema and the Palace of Sport “Crystal”. One of the first excursions was organized to Gubkin Museum of Regional Studies.
The English Language Summer Camp was a joint project of the Gubkin Gymnasia # 6 and the Gubkin Association of English language teachers “Gubkin Rainbow”. That was a not-for-profit camp; parents only had to cover 108 rubles for school meals, which were organized two times a day, and 40 rubles for skating.
The participants of the camp had T-shirts with camp logo, orange scarves and caps. All participant got certificates and notebooks with summer camp logo. Calendars with the pictures of the English language summer camp “Rainbow”- 2008 were also created and presented to the participants of the English language summer camp.