Friday, July 25, 2008

Summer Camp

Well back from the UK and right into the crazy world of English Summer Camp. We've been at a week now, and it's been full-on all the way so far.

My class is called the Sky Blue Shooting Stars. The name was democratically decided by the class. In fact all choices have been pretty democratic in the group, which accounts for the randomness of the name, the class flag, the actions for the chant, etc...

These kids live here at the university for 3 weeks, so they can get an intensive blast of English. It's a major operation. Around 270 kids, 18 teachers, each with teaching and general assistants, plus all the other support staff. We've basically taken over most of the huge lecture building at the university.

Well tonight is the chant and song contest. So the kids have been drilled on camp chants, a class chant and song, as well as accompaning dance moves. Some staff take this all too seriously, while others realise it for what it is and don't put the intense pressure on the kids to be winners. There is far too much of that sort of thing in their little lives as it is.

Fun first and foremost is my philosophy. Then again, that's pretty much my philosophy on life in general. And look where that's got me!


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