Location: El Puerto de Santa Maria, Near Cadiz in the south of Spain
Age: 11-14 Years Old
Competition: House Competition (Dragons, Wizards, Titans)
English Methodology: Pre-Teens Total English
For 2021 Magic Village will take place in the same venue as TECS Camp Puerto, which is our base camp as it is the only camp venue we own. Throughout the year, it is a private bilingual school called El Centro Ingles, and during the summer it gets transformed into a residential summer camp. It is also where our main offices are based. The camp is located in El Puerto de Santa Maria which is a well known summer beach town for Spanish tourists in the Cadiz province.
The venue, which was rebuilt just a few years ago, is incredibly modern as you’ll see in the photos below. It’s fully equipped with things like it has its own computer room with access to the internet for staff to use in their free time and for teachers to use to help prepare classes. The classrooms and bedrooms are modern and air-conditioned. The sports facilities are also to a high standard and the venue has a superb hall/gym which is excellent for large evening entertainments and for indoor sporting activities, 2 basketball courts, 3 football pitches, a covered swimming pool, 2 padel courts, 5000 m2 of park land, and many other areas for activities or relax.
It’s located just 10 minutes walk from the beach and the city centre. It has lots of bars, coffee shops and supermarkets like ALDI and LIDL just across the road, which staff find very handy. The camp could be said to be a little confined, compared to other camp sites we use in the countryside, but the space is well utilized and incredibly modern. The facilities are our own, in year round school, and with this come a lot of advantages;
This camp, like Little Village, is heavily focused around the learning style – Pre Teens Total English. Although this happens in all TECS summer camps, in Magic Village more so than in any camp, the language taught in class is meant to be used by campers during the rest of the day, throughout the Activity Programme.
The Activity Programme in MV is much like that in Little Village – multiactivity sports, which are held throughout the venue, educational projects, and evening entertainments. There is also a special part of the day allocated to House Competition, where campers compete to win points for their team.
This camp runs a “Pre Teens Total English” programme where the whole theory is that campers learn the oral language they really need in day to day camp life but without too much focus being put on teaching grammar.
Classes will be split into two parts with the first part being activities and games to introduce the language themes of the day and the second being “English through media” where English is taught using different media, like film/TV., music, drama and comics etc… with the idea being to teach English in a more natural way so that students gain a greater cultural interest and connection to the language which they want to pursue not just during camp but even more so post camp. Throughout the day there will be certain moments which will be run as “Total English” which further makes it a more intensive English learning environment for campers, and also makes Magic Village act as a ‘stepping stone’ to our Total English Little Village camp.
Teachers will be recruited for this camp on evidence that they can teach English through games and fun activities and also we will be looking for them to have a keen interest in teaching through media, as each teacher will be assigned a specialist medium to teach through for their length on camp. Classes are run in outdoor classrooms set up under marquees but complete with electrical sockets. As the classes are focused more around fun dynamic activities in this camp, generally the class sizes are big bigger, usually around 12-15 campers.
The aim of course is to provide a more comfortable learning environment for students where it is possible to provide a more natural learning environment where campers are not stigmatized but are rather given an equal natural opportunity to bring out the best of their own level. Above all in this camp we aim to inspire personal interest and responsibility in English learning in a way that is far-reaching and long lasting and for that reason we strive to focus English learning on natural way that native learners pick up the language – fun inspired contextual learner.
For all these reasons, Magic Village is most suited to teachers who are looking to experience a new innovative way of teaching and looking to play their essential part in this exciting project. Like in Full Immersion English full syllabi and material are provided (Student and Teacher Packs and Flashcards), although teachers are given a lot of scope to use their own innovative and fun ways of covering the set language themes. As mentioned above, students are motivated at certain times of the day to speak only in English, having more of a Total English experience at a younger age (than Little Village).