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English Language Trainings

In UP English Camps, we can say that our main aim is to improve students’ English practical skills and to break their prejudices against the language or language learning throughout the camp process. We can make this possible by creating an isolated camp environment where all speaks English and the students are exposed to thinking and speaking in English.

On the way to achieving our goal, our practices are not about presenting the language development with a heavy and intensive curriculum, but about making students gain language development with fun and motivating methods by planting the awareness in students that English is a necessity of modern life. Our students, who gain this awareness during the camp process, reinforce the techniques of thinking in English and develop this language with our expert team, and they continue to improve their language skills by adopting and following similar methods in their educational and personal lives after the camp.

Our teaching methodology is interactive and student-centred. The student is an active participant in the activities and in-class pair and group work throughout the entire camp process. Our program content includes methods by which students can develop all their language skills such as speaking, reading, listening and writing while learning English.

Lessons and extracurricular activities include a large number of subject- or task-based interactive processes that allow students to use and apply what they have learned in a variety of situations. Reinforcing the learned knowledge by using it in extracurricular activities and in-class workshops is a holistic and experiential process. In consequence of this process, students realize that they get practical gains after each lesson and can easily transfer these gains to their daily language usage. Speaking clubs are one of the activities that support this process the most. You can click on this link to access more detailed information about our speaking clubs which includes a separate title and a promotional video.

The curriculum content is shaped on four main skills; speaking, listening, reading and writing. Detailed information on these skills is as follows.

As a result of our observations on our students traveling abroad from Türkiye for educational purposes and the results of the researches, speaking skill is the weakest among the 4 main skills. Even if the student has a good grammatical background, students have difficulties in putting their theoretical knowledge into practice, especially as practical opportunities are limited in our country. The main reason why we create an isolated environment where only English is spoken in our camps is the experience we have gained from different students in this direction and the educational methodologies in countries that are considered successful in this process. Moreover, as a matter of course, this model we have applied has turned out to successful results in our previous organizations.

Our work in our camps is based on developing speaking skills and giving speaking practice.

In listening exercises, the emphasis of native English speakers, the points they emphasize or do not emphasize, are noticed by the student. For this reason, it is very important that the mother tongue of the teachers is English as they lead the course process and guide the students in the activities on listening skill, which directly affects the speaking skill which is applied simultaneously. As one of the most basic factors that negatively affect the speaking skills is the lack of knowledge about pronunciation.

During our program, our students develop themselves in maximum in terms of being a good listener and understanding the speaker’s emphasis, as well as pronouncing words correctly.

Reading activities are provided especially by extracurricular activities within our camps, and in this context, there are activities and workshops according to the each student’s field of interest. Our schedule is organized to aim at increasing the reading skill, which is the skill with the lowest efficiency and active participation especially in younger age groups, as well as taking care to ensure the participation of the student. Therefore, the camp program revised in accordance with the student’s interest by our teachers and team.

On the first day of the camp, the students do reading activities during the camp process in line with the reading acquisitions. In group readings, the identification of the problems in the texts and the solution proposals for this problem are discussed in small groups in the discussion environment. Our main aim in reading activities is to make the reading habit in English enjoyable and to planting in enjoyable techniques of reading activities in order to continue this habit after the camp.

Writing exercises are diversified with games and activities that encourage writing, such as puzzles and word games. Similar to the methodology in reading skills, writing exercises are about encouraging students to convey in writing the topics they are happy to talk about and are enthusiastic about, according to their interests.

An approach is adopted that encourages students to express themselves by writing in activities on writing skills. It focuses on making writing a part of their daily lives, such as with leading them to write a story or keep a diary.

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