I have to organize an English camp at my school in Surat Thani (mixed levels M1-M6) and I have no idea what to do for activites. I only need to come up with three activities (each an hour long), but they have to be fun and involve English. This is my first camp and I could use some suggestions. Anyone have any activities that they've used at an English camp before? Anything that has worked well? Fun activities for Mathayom students? Again, I'd REALLY appreciate any suggestions. Being my first camp, I'd like it to go over well! Thanks!!!!!
Have a bunch of alphabet cards made up (at least 4 per letter for words with more than one vowel or consonant). Make up two teams (basically half of one class). Use Scrabble letter values for score keeping. Assign a letter (or letters) to each student of the first team.
The second team arranges the first teams players into a word; add up the word score and do it again for a given amount of time (15-20 minutes works). Things will move very fast and when the time is up; switch the letters to the second team and go again.
I've used this and the kids just loved it (M3's and M6's) and the time flew. It got pretty crazy but well within the fun zone.
Frederick Douglass: Find out just what any people will quietly submit to
and you have found out the exact measure of injustice
and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these
will continue till they are resisted with either
words or blows, or with both.
“Don’t believe them, don’t fear them, don’t ask
anything of them.”
Teams of 5.
Each team has one page with A-Z on it.
They have to run around the school and school grounds for 30 minutes writing everything they see and putting it onto the sheet.
Teach various body parts.
Into teams of 5.
One from each team has to stand at the front. the others are given blank cards and tape.
You shout a body part, they have to write it on the card then run and stick it onto the person at the front, on that particular bodypart (knee, elbow, nipple etc.)
What's the name of your school? I'm putting it on my C.V. under Curriculum Development and implementation.
And you owe me 500b.
Put a group of them on an island (or in a forest) all armed with a variety of weapons. The survivor is the winner.
"Take this, brother; may it serve you well."
A talent contest.
Skits (Maybe Lord of the Flies, Watership Downs)
Comedy show (imitate their teachers)
Is it Suratthani school?
thanks guys! some good ideas there! Any recommendations on a good way to go about a "treasure hunt"?
(not at suratthani school)
Pre-teach vocab via flash cards.
Have another copy of them hidden around the area with numbers on them (1-10).
give students paper with numbers 1-10 on them, or get them to write each number with a line after each one.
Let them run wild.
Didn't you learn something like that on your Weekend Online TEFL Diploma?
Each activity is an hour? Holy shitttt ... that's a long time for a single activity.
I don't know how many students are involved, but I used to produce camps for high schools in Bkk.
How are you going to break out the students? How many rotations/activities will there be? Is the camp a single day or more? Do you want teams and competitive points for each activity? Will you have prizes for a winning team or group?
My advice is to work within your group of teachers/administrators and brainstorm a number of activities, then get approval from your admin for the final activities you choose. You aren't just making a fun time for students, but you need to make sure your admins know what you'll be doing. Don't forget to get administrative approval first.
Make fake money. Have students rent each other pretend jetskis. When they return them, have the students accuse the others of damaging the jetskis and try to extort money from them. It opens up a wonderful dialogue! (Pretend machetes make the extortion more fun).
^Can't forget "bargirl". The boys like this game better more than the girls. But the ladyboys like it the best.
Yes, mattayom students love to play bargirl. It's a 'must' for any English camp.
I have a great idea ... if there are British teachers on staff, they can drag a fake ATM along the ground until it breaks open, and then all the Thai students do a mad scramble picking up the fake cash for the games.
^LOL. Have the students play "falang price". Student's sell common market items to each other. Whoever has the least amount of money at the end is the falang and has to go to Laos on a visa run (clean the toilets).
^ 555 - good one!
thanks for the suggestions (some of you). i'm gonna try a treasure hunt (possibly digital scavenger hunt if they have camera phones), improv skits w/ props (think "who's line is it anyway?"), and the activity mentioned above by THX 1133. Thanks again for the other ideas. I'll let you know how it goes!