I’m super ecstatic right now because as of today the first half of the academic school year is officially over! I completed my last day of English summer camp, and for the next three weeks, I can finally relax. No deadlines, obligations, expectations–just pure relaxation. Micah and I are using the break to set off on our baby moon. We’ll be beach bums traveling to different islands in South Korea. But before I go on a tangent about vacation, let me focus on what I planned for my kiddos.
There’s this popular show in South Korea called the Running Man. It’s a game variety show where the guests are placed in teams and compete against each other in different locations across Korea. The show is hilarious! Even as a foreigner watching it, I found myself laughing so hard at certain episodes. Since it was my last camp, I wanted to make it not only educational but very fun for my kiddos. My husband and I worked together to adapt some of the games they used on the show for the classroom and worked it out perfectly.
At the start of camp, I put the students in teams, and they had to work together to complete the task at hand. The class always started with new vocabulary and expressions. We did one worksheet a day to practice writing the language and the rest of the day was hands on learning. As an icebreaker, the students played a game called, pass the bomb (which was just a ball) they had to introduce their names, grade, and the favorite thing they liked to do and the last person had to repeat what their team mate shared within one minute. The team that finished the fastest got a running ball added to their team. It was a great hit.
The camp lasted five days with different learning objectives each day. But for the sake of my blog, I will only focus on the activities I did the first day and add pictures of the following days. The first day we learned about physical appearance. Where the students learned how to describe what someone looks like, using the key expressions, (he/she has ~ they have~) We played a Make A Face game. We also played Draw in Rows. Where I would show a vocabulary card, and the first student on the team had 10 seconds to draw it, five seconds to show the second student, erase it, and the process goes on to the last student, who has to guess what vocabulary word it was. The team(s) that got most points have to roll the big dice. The winning team gets a running ball added for their team.
Since Draw In Rows was a very competitive and active game, the next game was quieter and calming. It’s called Pass the Word. It’s similar to the whisper game, but instead of the students whispering the word to the next person in line, they are mouthing the word with no sound. The second student in line continues the same procedure until it gets to the last person that has to guess the vocabulary word. The winning team gets a running ball added for their team.
We also played a game called Thieves in the Classroom that game also worked well. Around the classroom, I posted descriptions of the thieves and covered it with post-it notes. This game is very similar to running dictation, with a slight difference. Instead of runners and writers, I had one student as the artist drawing the description, and the rest of the team members were detectives dictating what they just read and remembered to the artist. Afterward, the students had to show the class their pictures and describe the drawings. It was a great laugh. In the end, I revealed what the thieves looked like and voted on the best drawings. The teams with the most points got a running ball added to their team.
The last activity of the day was the Running Man Lottery. The students looked forward to this because it meant they would win a “special prize.” The “special prize” was just two pieces of candy, but what kid doesn’t like candy! Hahaha
All in all, the camp was a great success, and the students and I had a great time together. I couldn’t have done it without my amazing co-teachers that assisted me along the way. Deep sigh of relief. The first semester ended on a great note. I’m sure eventually after break I’ll look forward to my second and last semester in Korea as a Guest English Teacher. Until then, cheers to freedom, bliss, and RELAXATION!