Dear Return Tutors,

Thank you for returning for Summer 2016. We appreciate your hard work in the field and look forward to hear glowing feedback from your camp directors, campers, and their families.

We would like to keep you updated with a few changes at camp:

  • This summer we are sending a First Meeting Plan poster to each camp. Please complete at least the first few days with your team, in discussion with your camp director, during the first meeting.
  • The diploma has been phased out, and the certificate has been updated. Please remember to write Pre-Beginner, etc. on the certificate rather than Level 1, etc.
  • Camp Passports have been phased out, but Culture Day is still an integral afternoon activity. Please come ready with fresh ideas for lower and higher levels.
  • We’ve updated a few sections of the manual. (1) There are new activities for tribal games, including new procedures for breaking students into their tribes. (2) There is a new section devoted to ideas for water games. (3) There is a new section devoted to video tasks, an afternoon activity that you can do with groups working at Levels 6-9.
  • The lesson plans for Levels 6-8 have been simplified and improved, as have the activity books. Please look closely through the lesson plans, activity book, and loose material before teaching one of these levels. Remember that you need to do each of the five episodes of a level.
  • We have added a new process drama level, Level 9: Classified! The plot revolves around a group of federal intelligence officers investigating and solving a scandalous series of crimes. Level 9 is for High School Campus, and the layout is very similar to the other process drama levels.
  • Last year there were complaints from parents and camp directors that some final shows were long and tedious. Final shows should be a joyous occasion, not a boring one; swift and potent is the aim. Your camp directors may have specific requests for the final show. Please follow their indications.

A few reminders:

  • Only tutors who have been trained at orientation during Summer 2015 or Summer 2016 can take Levels 6-9 at camp. Tutors who can teach these levels will be indicated to camp directors.
  • For Levels 1-5, you should do a minimum of two and maximum of three activity sheet sides per day.
  • Warm-up circles must be separated for primary and middle school groups.
  • Most afternoon activities must also be run separately for primary and middle school groups.
  • We have added around nine new songs to the City Camp repertoire for this summer. We’ll post a video to the ACLE Summer 2016 tutor group on Facebook as soon as possible.

Have a great summer and thank you in advance for your enthusiasm and hard work at camps!

The ACLE Team

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If you were oriented before Summer 2015 and didn’t tutor in Summer 2015, read on…

In Summer 2015 we prepared a new City Camp curriculum for primary students. In place of the activity books, we introduced five levels of themed activity sheets that correspond to the five levels of Primary School. Each level also includes its own portfolio, a comic book which tutors can use to introduce the level through storytelling, and a country focus on one or more Anglophone country. The Tutor Manual has also been updated, with new lesson plans corresponding to each activity sheet. We encourage tutors to use their creativity to present these materials in fresh and dynamic ways. You should do a minimum of two sides per day and a maximum of three sides per day.

City Camps

Click on the City Camp Level Guide (right) to view a table of the grammar, functions, and vocabulary taught at each Primary School level.

The themes of these levels are as follows:

Level 1: At the Circus

Level 2: Superheroes

Level 3: The Courageous Knight

Level 4: Camping in Canada

Level 5: Secret Agents

 

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Comic Books

Each Primary School level begins with a colourful comic book for you to introduce the theme of the level to your students through storytelling. Click on the thumbnails below to preview each comic book and its accompanying text on the back:

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Level One Comic Book

Level 2

Level Two Comic Book

Level 3

Level Three Comic Book

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Level Four Comic Book

Level 5

Level Five Comic Book

Activity Sheets and Lesson Plans

Click on the thumbnails below to preview the activity sheets and lesson plans:

LEVEL ONE: AT THE CIRCUS

SAMPLE ACTIVITY SHEET

SAMPLE LESSON PLAN

CULTURE ACTIVITY SHEET

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LP1

l1_2

LEVEL TWO: SUPERHEROES

SAMPLE ACTIVITY SHEET

SAMPLE LESSON PLAN

CULTURE ACTIVITY SHEET

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LP2

l2_2

LEVEL THREE: THE COURAGEOUS KNIGHT

SAMPLE ACTIVITY SHEET

SAMPLE LESSON PLAN

CULTURE ACTIVITY SHEET

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LP3

l3_2

LEVEL FOUR: CAMPING IN CANADA

SAMPLE ACTIVITY SHEET

SAMPLE LESSON PLAN

CULTURE ACTIVITY SHEET

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LP4

l4_2

LEVEL FIVE: SECRET AGENTS

SAMPLE ACTIVITY SHEET

SAMPLE LESSON PLAN

CULTURE ACTIVITY SHEET

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LP5

l5_2

Codes

You might have noticed the small code in the corner of the sample activity sheets and lesson plans. This code gives you relevant information about the activity sheet, suggestions for when it should be taught, to whom it should be taught, and allows you to match it up with the appropriate lesson plan. For example:

1.21WK1L = Level 1, Activity Sheet 21, Week 1, Lower Level

3.16WK2H = Level 3, Activity Sheet 16, Week 2, Higher Level

Each level has approximately six activity sheet sides that present two versions of the same target language, each with a higher and lower level. These sheets allow you to bridge abilities in mixed groups (e.g. a mixed group of 2nd and 3rd primary school students will work from Level 2 and NOT Level 3).

Performing Arts Camps

Starting in Summer 2015, we also prepared a new programme for Secondary School students, Performing Arts Camps. This programme takes students through a unique drama experience (process drama) wherein they create a fictional world and tackle episodic scenarios where the outcome is unscripted and depends only on the imagination and decisions of the group. Both tutors and students take roles in the drama so the traditional hierarchy of the classroom is abolished and students feel more in charge of their learning. As with City Camp, students put on a final show at the end of a Performing Arts Camp, with a greater emphasis placed on character development, script writing, set and costume design, and student ownership of the show’s development.

The themes of the Secondary School levels are as follows:

Level 6: The University of Magic

Level 7: Survival Island

Level 8: The Apprentice

Level 9: Classified!