Winter Camp-English speaking countries
students learn about English speaking countries worldwide
students are inspired to learn English and visit these places!
students pick up incidental vocabulary, such as volcano, tiger, iceberg, etc.
Procedure (46-60 minutes)
Elicit from students, "Where do people speak English?" Write what they come up with on the board. If they do not know the English name, they can write it on the board in Chinese. For the very little ones, instead, give them flags of some countries they might recognise (USA, UK, Canada, Australia) and see if they know any.
Use simple for little kids and regular for older kids. Go through the slides. For the first one put up the pictures and have the students guess what country it might be (as each new picture shows). Then reveal the name in English, drill, and reveal the name in Chinese (because otherwise there's no way they will know what it is). For the "Where is..." - older kids only - try to elicit without the map, then show the map, try to elicit again. Have kids read the facts (if they are old enough to read) helping them with any words they do not know. Concept check facts (So, is Canada hot? Does Uganda have monkeys? Can you swim in Belize?) There are a lot of these and this will take a while, so try to be animated and excited to keep interest.
Print out the flags/labels in colour if possible and the kids must match these correctly to the countries. You can start out by putting them up on the board wrong and the kids must correct it. Or if there are enough kids, pass around everything and kids have to find their pairs.
Students must find the countries on a map. At first they should try from memory, then tell them what continent, lastly put up the relevant slide if they still can't get it. They can put a pin or tape to attach the flag or country name to the correct location. Call up kids in small groups and do one country at a time. If you have two maps, this could be a race. For the little ones, show them the slide and they must find it on the map. Help them.
Students should pick countries (in groups) and draw/write a travel brochure that is designed to convince someone to visit that country. Print out the slides or have them available. Example "Come to Uganda. It's tropical and warm. You can see zebras. You can visit the equator." And then of course lots of pictures of these things. Help the student groups. For very little kids, only one or two groups is best. They can draw but they should write the words under what they draw (e.g. "zebra" if they draw a zebra.) If they are very ambitious they can research more about the country but then they must translate what they learn to English!