“No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”——JK Rowling
A generation was inspired by the world that JK Rowling created and children in the 21st century are still passionate about Harry Potter, they talk about Hogwarts, they discuss passionately who is the cutest character, they practice the spells with a pencil, they dress up like a wizard in the Literacy Week…Isn’t it the love of reading?
We are very happy to see our kids and enjoy our time together. Our camp is a wonderful opportunity to let our kids communicate and have fun together. They will enjoy their time experiencing a sense of self-confidence and independence. Reading is one of the most wonderful activities to let them gain new skills through learning new vocabulary, and phonics and enjoy a new style of reading. Moreover, interacting with the environment and coming up with their questions will enhance their ability to develop their conversation and their comprehension of the texts by engaging readers with the real world. In XLIS, we highly value the importance of reading through daily teaching and various activities. And this year, we also want to highlight reading by having the Reading Summer Camp themed ‘The Magic of Reading.’ The reading class is also differentiated by giving students different reading materials and instructions because we always want to meet individual needs and value diversity. Except for the English reading class, we will offer Mandarin class, Visual Art class, Dancing class, and Swimming class. The timetable and daily routine are as below. More detailed information will be shared through the summer camp communication platform.
This summer camp will start with an English reading ability training camp with the theme of “Harry Potter”. Students will be divided into four houses (classes) based on age – Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin. The entire camp will take Harry Potter as the background and theme, allowing students to immerse themselves in college life while cultivating children’s social and communication skills, thinking skills, self-management skills, etc. Camp courses with reading as the main line will also enhance children’s interest in English reading, and develop their “reading comprehension” ability through daily reading training, such as a summary of central sentences, a judgment of writing purpose, and a summary of story development sequence and other specific strategies. Each class will select one fictional and one nonfictional story for the reading group to study and explore based on the principles of class composition and layered teaching. After-school ECA will provide Model Aviation class, Boxing class, and Golf class.
Students will wear uniforms and badges representing their college during camp, and all school supplies and more will echo the college theme.
The Reading Camp team members are as follows:
Camp Leader: Julia Fan
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Chinese Assistant Coordinator & P6 Homeroom Teacher
IB Workshop Leader
Julia Fan received her Master’s Degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She worked in Hong Kong for over two years while researching childhood bilingualism at the language center of CUHK. She has more than six years of teaching experience in addition to two years of research in childhood bilingualism. Besides her teaching role, Julia is the IB Workshop Leader and she serves as Assistant PYP Coordinator, P6 Homeroom Teacher, and is a key figure of the Primary School leadership team.
ECE-P1: Ahmed Mostafa
Ahmed Mostafa holds a Bachelor of English Arts Degree and a Post-graduate Diploma in Education. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Education at the University of the People, US. Mr. Mostafa has seven years of English teaching experience, and he is also a licensed Physical Education instructor.
P2-P3: Jack Le Roux
Jack Le Roux holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree-Education, and he has been working in the education field for over 10 years. Previously he worked in international schools in Thailand and received the Outstanding Teacher Award that was presented by the Minister of Education in Thailand.
P4-P5: Randy Welch
Randy Welch is currently the MYP Language Acquisition Teacher at Xi’an Liangjiatan International School and has been working with the school for over five years. Mr. Welch studied English Literature and TESOL in his undergraduate studies, and previously, he has taught in similar roles in Xi’an for the past ten years. In his role, Mr. Welch provides an English learning environment by using differentiation and confidence building, all whilst providing the foundation for EAL.
P5-P6: Brian Lalor
Mr. Lalor is from Ireland and he began his career in engineering before moving to education in 2004. He started as an early years teacher but ended up in the upper primary holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Technology, a Graduate Diploma in Primary School teaching, a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership, and current Teacher Registration through the Queensland College of Teachers, he volunteers for the Accrediting Commission for Schools the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, supporting other international schools in their ongoing development. He is also interested in poetry, rugby union, and reading.
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Author: Reading Camp Team