Speak up: interview with Kyle – camp leader
Hi, my name is Kyle and I have been leading English-Camps for about two and a half years.
Both of my parents are American but I grew up in Thailand. This was a great experience as I was able to attend an international school with kids from all over the world. Learning different cultures and language patterns has been a great help for better understanding language needs and diversity. I finished University in the United States and after receiving a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification, I moved to Germany in 2014. I almost immediately started working with educom as an English teacher. I started with camps in 2015 and found the concept and atmosphere very inspiring and to be a great tool to facilitate learning.
Speak up: losing fear and finding fun
A new language is like math, history, music and theatre all combined into one subject. Imagine what a child has to think about when speaking a new language. How are the words pronounced? Is the sentence structure in the correct order? Sometimes simple translations of words are not enough. Many words might have multiple uses in different languages or cultures. A child speaking a new language has to think of all these things. And I am very excited to provide a safe, family-like learning environment at camp, where kids can experiment with the language, express themselves without fear and have fun communicating.
The challenge: Breaking through barriers
What if I say something wrong or, even worse, embarrassing? It is scary to speak a new language in front of new people. What will the people around me think? It is very easy to be overwhelmed in these contexts. The best thing about my job at camp is having the ability to inspire self-confidence in the kids and help them overcome barriers.
Our mission: make speaking English easier at camp
The difference: learning at camp vs. learning at school
School does a great job at covering the grammar rules and vocabulary of a new language. However, it is less common to find schools that allow the kids to share their own ideas or inventions about a new business model, fashion style, or social media channel. And does your child have the chance to freely converse with native-speakers at school? Allowing kids in a hands-on environment to share ideas or debate current topics helps them forget that they are looking for the right grammar or structure for conversation. They get to learn new vocabulary, hear how it is used, and apply it directly to their ideas through speech.
Hands-on learning helps topics become the focus and the language to be the tool they use to inform, present, or debate these topics. Speaking the language becomes second nature.
How can I prevent speaking boundaries for my child?
- Try to look at language as a tool and not as a school subject or training necessity. This means, try to speak the language in a personal context, to say things that are fun or interesting for the kid.
- Don’t look for mistakes to correct. Look for situations where a quick phrase or two could be used, and let it be.
- Repeat the same phrases or words over and over. Use the same terms and phrases in similar situations to build more vocabulary and confidence.
Some other things you could try:
Remember to keep it simple and relaxing for the child. The more fun children are having speaking the language, the more likely they are to learn.
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