2020 Summer English Camp: My life and my future, all in my portfolio

For today’s teens to be able to compete in an increasingly international, digital and globalized society, they need to be equipped with a number of key skills whilst also maintaining their own personality and cultural identity. Some of the essential skills many teenage students struggle with are:

  • Thinking critically and being able to analyse the information, news and media that surrounds them in the 21st century.
  • Being able to express their opinions at ease in the classroom on a range of subjects, making themselves understood to others and work well in groups.
  • The ability to collaborate with peers to work effectively together and achieve a common goal, such as a project or presentation.  
  • Think creatively and discover new and innovative ways to solve problems, which in addition to helping to optimise performance in other subjects at school, will also benefit students when entering higher education.
  • Having an awareness of different cultures around the world, and have a respect and understanding of others, which will help to find common ground with people we meet at school, or later when studying, working or traveling.
  • Be a discerning user of digital media and discover how to embed technology safely into learning.
  • Be autonomous learners – the ability to be self-motivated, have key learner skills and reflect on their own learning.

This summer, teens students will learn how to create a portfolio that will consolidate their English learning experience in an inquiry-based approach. Students need to ask themselves:

  1. What do I already know about the subject?
  2. What do I want to know about the subject?
  3. What have I learned about the subject?

Students will cover 4 topics over the week. On the last day, they can choose to do a more in-depth activity on their favourite topic, which will be put in each portfolio in a picture. Your child will write about it and present what they have created to their class.

Course information

  • 2020 English Summer Camp: My Life, My Future

    Join the British Council for an extremely motivating English learning experience as students unleash their imagination and talk about the future, be it their own or the world they want to live in. Students will cover 4 topics over the 5-day course:

    • My dream job
    • The Places I'll Go
    • Technology in Daily Life
    • One Earth for Everyone

    Students will learn how to create a portfolio that will consolidate their English learning experience in an inquiry-based approach. On the last day, they can choose to do a more in- depth activity on their favourite topic, write about it and present what they have created to their class. Each lesson is presented in a context that is relevant to students' interests and is carefully crafted to guide students from structured practice to personalised language production, leading to greater fluency and confidence over all four skills. 

  • IELTS for Teens Summer Intensive Course

    As the world’s English experts and as one of the co-creators of the IELTS test, we have combined our expertise in Young Learner English teaching and IELTS preparation to offer you a customized course specifically designed for teenage learners.

    We recognize that teenagers face particular challenges when undertaking the IELTS test that might prevent them for getting the score they deserve.

    Prepare for IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with the world’s English experts and you will:

    • work systematically towards the score you need to live, work or study around the world by increasing your knowledge of the exam 
    • develop an increased vocabulary of unfamiliar topics and contexts to allow you to deal better with abstract and unfamiliar topics in academic texts
    • build up a stronger awareness of the features of different text types that appear in academic English at university level and beyond, and practice using this knowledge to increase your speaking and writing skills
    • learn and practice the different structures used in academic writing and the vocabulary and grammar necessary to convey more precise and accurate meaning in your writing
    • practice strategies for all the different skills and tasks in the IELTS exam to ensure that you can be confident on the day of the test

    At the end of the course, the students will be well prepared to deal with a range of topics and question types and will have developed the skills to approach academic texts in a principled and effective manner. 

On this course your child will: 

  1. Learn to ask questions and formulate their opinion on a number of topics, be able to evaluate information, start to have the ability to question others, research, arguments and ideas, analyse material, and be able to support their opinion.
  2. Get lots of speaking practise through spontaneous talk strategies in a safe, supportive environment where students will be comfortable in getting their ideas across to teachers and peers using English.
  3. Collaborate in small groups to create a piece of work that will show what they have learnt as a team. Supported by the teacher, students learn how to take turns, respect other people’s opinions and be a good team player whilst using English throughout the process.
  4. Learn useful problem-solving methods using real-life situations. Students will first understand the problem, consider possible strategies and choose the best solution. 
  5. Learn about world culture in every lesson where engaging video will bring global topics to life and build students' awareness of people and places from Antarctica to the Amazon jungle.
  6. Learn through fun, digital resources such as Kahoot, Adobe Spark, Padlet, QR codes and so on in order to see how technology can enhance their English learning experience. The weekly projects will combine low and high tech so that they can also share their learning with others in a fun, relevant way such as creating an Instagram class collage which they will post and write about.
  7. Build motivation and gradually take control of their own learning, as teens discover ways of recording new vocabulary, examine different learning styles and preferences, find opportunities to use English outside the class, reflect on strengths and weakness and build up their study skills.