A five-day English Immersion Camp was held at the Big Apple Kinta Riverfront preschool in Ipoh recently.
A total of 29 children, aged between five and seven, participated in the “Fun with English Language Immersion and American Culture Camp”, with guidance from two educators from the United States.
University of Hawaii’s Associate Professor of Music Dr Chet-Yeng Loong and Impel Training president Donna Guhde were the two instructors at the camp.
During the camp, the children learned authentic American history, children’s literature, food, culture, music, art and dance through active participation.
In the process, the children picked up skills useful for socialisation, collaboration and communication as they interacted with their peers in various reading, singing and art activities.
The children were also taught to converse in standard English and to communicate with their peers and teachers in the language.
Problem-solving skills were used as they collaborated with their peers while sharing and playing a variety of instruments.
Xylophones, which are instruments used in American classrooms, were available throughout the camp.
Children were taught how to improvise using these instruments and how to play a djembe, a traditional African drum also found in American classrooms.
The literature read to the children was brought in from the United States.
On the last day of the camp, more than 50 family members attended a mini performance to see what their children had learned.
For the instructors, they found that the children who participated in the camp were able to absorb the material and they also showed high levels of interest during the camp.
Positive responses from the children have inspired the instructors and Big Apple Education to offer a second camp filled with brand new, inspiring content sometime in the near future.