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Welcome to Expacked (Issue #27)

June 18, 2009

Welcome back.  July is now just around the corner and many of you will have one eye on the upcoming summer holidays.  I’m certainly looking forward to a couple of weeks off school to help refresh the old batteries.  Before we get there, however, most of us have English summer camps and we will be needing to finalise lesson plans.

Some of my students at my last English camp

Some students at my last English camp

For those who have not done an English camp before, one important thing to remember is that its definitely not like the summer camps back home.

Korean English camps are really just a couple of weeks extension of normal school.  The big difference, however, is that there is generally no text book or lesson plan to follow and you are able to see the same students every day (for most of us in public schools we only get to teach each student once a week).

There is one major benefit of the lack of direction most schools give us on summer camp –  this gives you a great chance to teach the students your choice of special interest topics to help make the camp more fun and exciting for students.

If you have already done an English camp, it would be great to hear some of the experiences you had with pulling it together and running it.  It was certainly stressful for me at first, but once I actually started teaching the camp it turned out to be a lot of fun.

As usual, we have a great summary of stories this week and the quick links are on the right.  I hope you enjoy the read and, of course, this week’s joke.



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