English Winter Camp

March 17, 2014

in Academic Year 2013-2014, Asia, Lisa Xiong, South Korea

A friend of mine, who is also a UW-Madison graduate, is currently teaching English in Daejeon, South Korea.  She invited me to come attend their English Winter Camp. I was thrilled that she invited me.  I have always wanted to experience teaching English in Korea, since teaching English in Korea is something I want to do after I graduate.  The theme of this year’s English Winter Camp was the five senses.  At the English Winter Camp the students are not allowed to speak in Korean, only in English.  The groups consisted of third graders to sixth graders; third and fourth graders were grouped in one class and the fifth and sixth graders in another.  The first two hours we spend teaching the fifth and sixth graders and then the next two hours we taught the third and fourth graders.

The first sense they learned was sight.  An activity they did was to raise a small white board above their head and draw a picture of the person next to them.  For the first part of the activity they are not allowed to look at it until they finish drawing.  After, they are to draw a picture of the same person but this time they can look at their white board while they are drawing.  This showed them the importance of sight.  The children had a lot of fun especially when they saw each others’ drawings.

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The next day they learned about hearing.  A game that they play required two students.  Student number 1 sat 3towards the front blind folded while student number 2 chooses a spot in the room.  During this game, everyone must stay silent.  Next we tell student number 2 to say student number 1’s name.  Student number 1’s job is to listen and locate where student number 2.  The result of this game: they all hear very well. 🙂

I was really surprise that the students were good in English, especially the younger group of students.  The older students did not have as much confidence as the younger ones.  The younger student not only had more confidence in their English but also knew how to spell better than the older students.  During one of their sight activities, they students, who were split into two groups, were to look into a box for a minute.  When the time was up they went back to their group and were to write down everything they saw in the box.  Each item they got correct, they receive a point.  However, during this game spelling counts and if they spelt the word wrong they did not get a point.   The older children had a difficult time spelling words like band-aids, tape, and scissor.  However, these students try their best and worked together to figure things out.   I loved watching them have fun while learning.  I enjoyed watching my friend teach the children.  I had fun helping her out in the classroom.  All the children are really kind and sweet.  One thing I notice is that they love to laugh and take pictures.  Also they’re favorite question to ask was, “Do you have a boyfriend?”  No matter how many times I tell them no, they like to keep asking me that question.   🙂

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