Location: Cortijo Huerta Dorotea, El Prado del Rey, Cadiz
Age: 11-13 Years Old
Competition: House Competition (Dragons, Wizards, Titans)
English Methodology: Pre-Teens Total English
Magic Village is located in the beautiful rural hotel of Cortijo Huerta Dorotea in the town of Prado del Rey (Cádiz). The camp is named Magic Village as whole camp ethos is built around “magic” and this starts from the beautiful and magical camp installations.
The ages of the campers vary from 11-13 years old. It is a rural and rustic camp set in the natural beauty of the Sierras which gives it a more typical “camp” ambience than other coastal located camps. Both campers and staff sleep in log cabins, which adds to the “camp” vibe. The site’s facilities include a large swimming pool, grass areas, a banquet hall and indoor and outdoor spaces for activities.
Magic Village is located on the same site as Little Village as Magic Village operates in the first fortnight and Little Village operates in the second fortnight meaning that staff in this camp will need to run two different themes with two different age groups of children.
Magic Village is about a 15 minute walk from Prado del Rey. In this town, there are many bars and restaurants, as well as some small supermarkets. It is a very quaint, typical village of the South of Spain.
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).