Engaging Students with Integrated Language Skills through Tailor Made Summer Camp Activities: A Case Study

Abstract

In Taiwan, the four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) in English are usually taught separately with the focus on reading, vocabulary building and grammar practice. The present study aims to integrate the four skills through various tasks or activities using teaching materials that are designed specifically for the participants during the summer of 2014. The camp lasted for two weeks from July 21 to August 1. Lessons included food, tourist sites and historical background of three districts in Kaohsiung. The participants were 55 students from eighth grade in a local middle school. Throughout the two weeks camp, various activities have been used in the lessons during teaching, such as the use of worksheets with questions for students to find the answers from the reading on their own to train their reading skills, a one-day field trip to one of the districts taught was planned to let students explore and experience what they have learned from the lesson in real life, and drama performance to let students apply what they have learned into the drama they have created. At the end of the camp, 78% of the participants stated that they enjoyed learning English through activities, 67% of the participants indicated their English have improved and 90% of the participants would like to participate in similar English camp in the future.



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Yun-Fang Sun, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan

Paper Information
Conference: ACLL2015
Stream: Language education

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