Other schools may provide three hours in the morning, and afternoon activities; these activities will cover a wide range of interests, from nature, sports, music, culture, crafts, teambuilding and leadership development. Some schools will arrange afternoon excursions to the popular tourist sites in the community, as well as lesser-known yet significant locations. Some schools may even arrange for visiting children to attend local government school classes, to get a taste how other students learn. Children can not only learn and improve in their English inside the classroom, but they can also apply their newly-gained knowledge and English skills in the real world, turning the world into an outdoor classroom.

One of the appeals of English Language Holiday Courses is that children will not only improve in their English skills, but will also have the opportunity to learn about another culture. By spending a short holiday in a foreign country, children will learn what makes the host community the ideal place in which to learn, live, work and play. They can learn about the history, culture, education system, climate, ecosystem and social customs that may differ from their own. Children will come away from the English Language Holiday Course with an appreciation for cultural differences, friendship and collaboration, and the world around them. They can learn that common interests and goals foster friendships and motivation to achieve, and will gain a better understanding of what it means to say English is an international language of communication. Through an English Language Holiday Course, children can learn how English can be the key to unlock limitless doors to opportunities, and connect people around the world. Learning English can be a fun and positive way to discover and nurture talents and skills that can contribute to their futures.

Michael Bunyak

English Teacher at Canadian Education College, Singapore