Does the child feel comfortable in the language camp? What are the differences between the language courses and the language camps? How is the level of knowledge of a foreign language determined? Is it possible to have comfortable communication between children of different ages and different levels of fluency in a foreign language. “Debutants” and “Advanced”, what is common and how to work with it?
We will try to understand these issues, but at the same time, we will help parents with the choice of the appropriate format of the camp for the child.
The current generation of children, the Z generation, has wide opportunities to access information that they receive very simply, and sometimes, faster and more naturally than their parents’ generation. Therefore, modern leisure for children in various camps is changing and adapting to the needs of modern children.
Organizers of children’s recreation camps are actively working to ensure that the programs offered are more intense, have a certain topic, they give practical application of the competences received, and, of course, time for rest, development and health of children.
The team of the French language camp “Club Lumière” develops its programs specially, based on the concept to motivate children to learn French or to use actively what children already know. An obvious condition of our camp is the work of the French people, native speakers, who communicate with children in informal conditions, creating positive emotions during activities.
Since our team does not put limits on the age and linguistic level of participants, the format of a group of children turns out to be very diverse. How to define a comfortable linguistic environment for each child? Here is the decision of the “Club Lumière”. Our Ukrainian French-speaking animators in tandem with French teachers are preparing, the so-called “testing”, which takes place on the first day of the camp. Based on the results of written assignments and oral communication with the French, groups of children are created, corresponding to our internal gradation of levels. We can say that, most often, we get “Debutants”, “False debutants”, “Intermediate level” and “Advanced”. Gradation of levels is mobile enough and it is possible to go easily from one level to another if it is necessary.
Our animators try to test, especially oral part, in a playful way and create the necessary conditions for this so that children do not feel like “near the blackboard” at school. It uses the technique of “spiral communication”, which allows you to conduct a conversation, taking into account the absolutely different levels of knowledge of the French language. The written part of testing still has a fairly academic appearance, but it is not at all a “exam work” that causes stress for a child.
So, bye the standard levels, hello to the inner linguistic comfort!