I mainly taught the older students at the camp, which was really fun. For the teaching, I mainly focused on having the students speak in English and having conversations with each other while doing activities and playing games. The students were very enthusiastic to learn through games and mainly benefitted in terms of becoming more comfortable in speaking English.
|I had a lot of fun with the students|
|The students were very good in English and ready to participate in the lessons|
|The students very especially in fast-paced games where they could win a prize|
On Thursday, I had prepared a game on multi culture using a PowerPoint and questions with pictures and facts; both one for the older students and one for the younger students. For the younger students, the questions were a bit easier and one of the Vietnamese volunteers was very kind to translate each question for the younger students. In the younger class, the individual student simply had to raise their hand if they knew the answer, where the older class competed in teams. This was a good way to end the English lessons, where the activity was mostly a game but the students still got to show their knowledge and expand it a bit. Friday was a movie day, where we all watched a movie in Vietnamese - luckily with English subtitles! This was very nice with all of the kids.
Every day, the students were very motivated and happy to be doing something for the summer holidays. The outcome for the students from the English lessons could have been improved with a few adjustments though. I think that the outcome of the English lessons could be improved, if others - who will teach in the future at the camp - are provided with a clear outline or simple guidance from the beginning on what the teachers would like for the students to be taught. The main instructions I got from the beginning was to have the students speak English. It worked out well in class that the students got to speak in English and became more comfortable expressing themselves in English. Another time, instructions on different topics for the ones teaching could result in the classes both being more informative for the students which could be integrated more directly in some fun activities where the students speak English. Since I was unaware of the level of the students and what they had been taught beforehand; therefore, I think that I could personally have made the classes better, if I had been told that the students needed to learn something about for example past tense or a specific topic, which could have been integrated in some games.
|Every day the students were very motivated and happy|
|They were also very motivated to speak English|
All over, even though the students could have benefitted from a bit more specific learning - the students were very motivated and engaged and enjoyed getting to practice communicating in English during the camp and had a lot of fun for the entirety of the camp and it was clear they also had fun during the other activities at the camp!