Pop quiz: If you want your child to learn English from the world’s leading experts, who should you call?
Correct answer: British Council – the U.K.’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.
More specifically, British Council Singapore is one of the island’s leading authorities on the English language, as it’s been helping people here learn English since 1947.
Its latest exciting offering? Year-round Study Camps for preschoolers on up to secondary school students.
“At the British Council’s Holiday Study Camps, we use English as a tool to explore the world around us,” explains Course Manager Alex Wilson. “Students get to develop their 21st century skills of communication, collaboration and creativity.” (Watch this video to hear from teachers like Alex and see some of the recent camps in full swing.)
The ultimate goal of these week-long camps, which start anew every Monday throughout the year, just FYI?
Kiddos from 4 to 17 years – and from beginners to advanced learners – can develop their English skills within a safe, fun and supportive environment.
So, if your child speaks a different language at home than at his or her preschool or international school (i.e., considered an English as a Foreign Language, or EFL, speaker), or you simply would like him or her to attain top-notch speaking, writing and reading abilities in English, it’s worth your while to learn more about the British Council’s new Year-Round Study Camps.
Flip through the gallery here for more info about the camps, including great times of the year to consider enrolling, its convenient Napier Road Centre plus the price of its full-day versus morning-only camps.
At the week-long camps, students study a different topic each day, using a unique approach of hands-on experiential learning to ignite interest and improve not only their English skills but their knowledge and awareness of the world around them.
During each course, students will:
- Develop their vocabulary on a range of different topics
- Gain confidence in communicating in a variety of situations
- Develop their world knowledge and intellectual curiosity
- Improve their critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Students can register for as many courses as they wish at no additional cost.
Some of the things students will do include:
- Games and fun activities
- Group research projects
- Hands-on experiments
- Drama games
- Excursions (in full-day camp only; see last gallery slide for details)
At the British Council, they believe genuine face-to-face interaction between students and teachers is the best way to achieve results.
As such, your child will learn English from experienced, friendly and internationally-qualified teachers.
In addition to a first degree, all British Council teachers hold professional teaching qualifications including CELTA, Delta, PGCE, MA TEFL, TYLEC. They have extensive experience teaching children, too.
The British Council’s Napier Road Centre is just five minutes away from Orchard Road, and boasts 17 purpose-built, Wi-Fi-enabled classrooms – each with a capacity of 18 young learner students, and equipped with an interactive whiteboard and digital visualiser.
Bonus: The centre also has a Young Learners learning zone, eight interview/meeting rooms as well as a cafe.
While the beauty of the British Council’s new Year-round Study Camps is that they run throughout the year, there are some times of the year that may be more convenient for your family. For instance, consider enrolling your kiddo during the typical school breaks in March or April as well as June or summer (depending on whether your child is in international school or a local one).
The camps run Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the timings are as such:
- Morning programme: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Supervised lunch: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Afternoon programme: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
If you want to enroll your child in a full-day camp, it will be $1,276 for the week plus $30 for a two-piece uniform. (Note: You can opt for only the morning programme, which is $736, but not just for the afternoon programme.)
Ready to sign up? Want a few more details? Visit the British Council’s website and register or request more info there!
By Sara Lyle Bow, February 2020
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