English Day Camp
Oxbridge Summer Camps are hosted by the participating schools. The host schools recruit the students to join the Camps. They also provide the classrooms and other venues needed for the running of the programme, as well as the teaching equipment used during the Camps.
Oxbridge Summer Camps bring the best of British English to Hong Kong, enhancing all areas of the participating students’ English through interesting and engaging educational activities, both in and out of classroom, such as fashion show and mini olympics, led by Oxbridge tutors and assisted by teaching assistants from local universities.
A typical Oxbridge Summer Camp has a team of seven Oxbridge student teachers (with one being the director of the team), six teaching assistants from local universities, and it lasts for 5 to 10 days.
In the Camp, the students are divided into six classes by age and ability. We have a maximum of twenty students per class, i.e. 120 students per camp. Each class has a teaching assistant (local side volunteer) as well as a class tutor (UK side volunteer), which means an excellent tutor to student ratio. The six classes are further divided into two bands of three classes each. These two bands and six classes form the structure under which the students are divided into smaller groups to take part in the different Camp activities.
The length of the camps usually varies from five to ten days and can be adapted for the specific requests of the participating schools.
The Morning Classes
The majority of days are started with three one-hour long classroom based learning activities. One teaching assistant is assigned to each one of the six classes. The students are taught in three rotating classes within their band as shown below:
Each camp has 6 classes with 20 students each. The maximum number of students is 120 per camp.
The Afternoon Activities
The Camp activities pause an hour for lunch. The afternoon is then split into three separate one hour long sections. The activities in the afternoon take English learning out of the classroom and encourage use in a more varied context.
In the first hour-long section students are immersed in the world of drama. Throughout the Camp, students will develop an English based performing arts piece for the closing ceremony at the end of the Camp.
During the second section, the whole Camp takes part in extra-curricular activities (ECAs). These can be anything from sports to music to arts and crafts, all taught within an English-speaking environment.
In the last hour of the day, the whole Camp takes part in an hour of whole Camp entertainment. This hour is designed to allow the students to unwind, while still in an English based environment, after a day of English learning.