Published: 01st May 2019
Critical thinking and some great English. Why your kid needs the British Council's Summer School Programme
Janaka Pushpanathan tell us what's in their Summer School Programme and why it is a tad more interesting than life skill lessons in school
The summer hols are here. Well, at least for all those school children. Sigh! I bet you wish you were in school too. My mom was very keen on sending me to summer camp because I was known to be quite the unproductive soul. Summer camps were and are every parent's third heaven — when it comes to keeping their children engaged — during those two months they dread.
The British Council India's Summer School Programme could be a good bet. Every child who attends their specially curated programme will have the opportunity to learn contemporary life skills such as creativity, critical thinking and problem solving to improve their confidence and communication skills through fun and interactive lessons with the best language consultants in the country. If you're a parent, there are probably a ton of questions flooding your mind right now. Designed for children of ages 7-17, the programme will be held on the British Council premises from May 13-24, 2019.
The theme for this year is 'Creative Minds, Forward Thinkers'. Janaka Pushpanathan, Director South India, British Council India explains why this particular theme was chosen, "This theme-based programme was developed to equip children with 21st Century skills through English language training that prepares them to be forward-thinking global citizens. The summer programme this year will focus on enhancing world knowledge, develop life skills and improve fluency in English to give kids and teenagers confidence and ensure that they are future ready."
If you think that this summer programme is like any other life skill lesson that was taught in school, guess again! "These life skills will equip children to solve problems, make decisions, think critically, communicate ideas effectively and work well within teams and groups. The course will include special features like digital learning, public speaking, creative writing and learning with the use of films in the class. The unique teaching methodology is task-based, focusing on real-life activities, where classes are delivered in a fun and interactive way. The specially formulated activities and engagement with a variety of media will help children gain these life skills naturally," says Janaka.
Who gets to teach them these skills? Janaka quickly answers, "Our British Council teachers will be teaching the students. Each class will comprise of no more than 20 students as opposed to the number of students in a regular classroom in the school. Each teacher will have an assistant teacher and each student will get individual lessons within working hours as well." The classes are intensive and will run from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm. So gear up!
Register at https://www.britishcouncil.in/