The almost two-week camp was attended by 25 English teachers from Poland who participate in the “English Teaching” Program and work with children and youth at schools located in rural areas and small towns. Additionally, five English teachers from Belarus took part in the camp.
All classes were held in the form of workshops conducted by experienced American instructors: Robert Pin, Katherine McKnight and Richard Cash (Cash &McKnight, Inc.). The teachers had an opportunity to hone their pronunciation and extend vocabulary.
“Summer holidays are a perfect time to acquire methodological and linguistic competence in a less formal way, “ summed up one of the summer camp participants.
The camp was held as a part of the “English Teaching” Program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, managed by the “NIDA” Development Foundation, in cooperation with WIESCO (Wisconsin International Educational
Scientific Cultural Organization), the American NGO which has organized the English language summer camps for young people and English teachers from Central and Eastern Europe.
The “English Teaching” Program was launched in 2000. The main aim of this Program is to support activities that improve the quality of English teaching to children and teenagers in small towns and rural areas as well as promote English language among students, their parents and local communities. At the same time, the Program contributes to the professional development of English language teachers working in small localities. The offer of the program includes methodological training, participation in a small grant competition and individual consultancy. So far more than 49,000 students and approx. 3,000 teachers have directly participated in almost 800 projects implemented under the Program. Indirectly they have engaged over 130,000 parents and other members of local communities.