FRENCH/ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUMMER CAMP FOR CHILDREN
Boost your child’s language, social and life skills this summer
by Chené Koscielny
Mum, I’m bored.
If these words fill you with terror in the run-up to the endless summer holiday, read on.
Finding interesting, fun things for your child to do during the summer can be a real nightmare for working and non-working parents alike and summer camps are often the answer to many parents’ prayers, but which one to choose?
We speak to Sarah Pralong, director of Key English School in Geneva, about why a summer language camp in English or French would be a great way to boost your child’s language skills as well as improving his or her confidence and life skills.
BOOST HIS OR HER CREATIVITY
Studies show that children who learn an additional language are more creative and better at solving complex problems. After the first foreign language learned, it’s also easier for them to pick up further languages as they have already managed to get their heads around one language structure.
BOOST HIS OR HER SOCIAL SKILLS
If your child speaks French or English fluently, he or she will have access to friends from different countries and cultures, doubling their opportunities of making friends.
KEEP YOUR CHILD CONNECTED TO HIS/HER CULTURE
If your English child goes to a local Swiss or French school, you may worry that their English skills are slipping. Also, maybe they are becoming less and less able to relate to their own culture.
According to Sarah, a summer camp in English is a great way to help the child reconnect and stay up-to-date with his or her own language and culture.
BOOST HIS OR HER CONFIDENCE
The ability to communicate fluently in a foreign language will help your child to feel more independent and will really boost their self-esteem.
STIMULATE AN OPEN MIND
If your child is able to relate to other cultures and communicate in different languages, it will help to cultivate a more open-minded approach to the world – which can only be good, right?
Key English School summer camps in English or French are aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 14 years and take place in Geneva and Vaud. The children benefit from an immersion in the language and the focus is on learning through creativity and fun.
This year is the first time the school is offering a French camp for children.
To find out more visit their website: www.key-english-school.ch or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org