British Council, the UK’s International organisation for education and cultural relations, is organising a Summer School during summer vacations in schools. Summer School 2018 aims at developing students’ speaking, writing, reading and listening skills, as well enhancing their grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, by engaging deeply with exciting courses that make learning enjoyable and purposeful. On the last day of Summer School, parents are welcome to watch a presentation by their children.
Summer School will be organised in New Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai for the children of age group 7-14 years. The students will get a chance to rediscover creativity, learn nuances of English language and have fun at the course. These courses are held once a year at the Council’s teaching centres. The classes hold a mixture of games, projects, drama and communicative activities.
The programme also encourages students to interact in pairs, in groups and whole class situations, improving their English fluency and confidence. These concepts are applied to a cycle of learning, practising, revising and performing, to make learning fun, promoting learning from peers and teachers.
The summer school encourages freedom of expression during highly interactive sessions in an extremely safe and conducive environment for kids. The children will undergo the guidance of internationally trained teachers during the Summer School.
In 2018, they will run two themes:
- Explores: Through a virtual trip around the world, children will travel to one country each day and learn about different cultures, develop language skills and build confidence.
- Media Magic: Children will explore communication channels such as radio, television and the internet. They learn how to write blogs, create an advertisement and newspaper report.
Hiranya Mukherjee, a British Council Summer School student from last year says, “I attended the 2017 Summer School Workshop at the British Council, Kolkata. It was a wonderful experience, to say the least! What we did at the workshop was far from the bookish learning. The emphasis was on communication and interaction and we became immersed in Shakespeare’s world. The workshop helped me to come out of my shell and fall in love with Shakespeare, literature and in general even more.”
Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director East and Northeast, British Council, says, “Our English language teaching centre in Kolkata is an exciting hub of activity all summer. The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the British Council’s presence in India and we have been inspired by Bengal’s artists, students, scientists and policymakers for the last seven decades. I hope the Summer School programme will inspire young learners and give them the confidence and creativity to explore connections with the UK and the wider world for the next 70 years.”
Summer School is organised in four batches:
- 7-8 years
- 9-10 years
- 11-12 years
- 13-14 years
Kolkata: Summer School I (14th May to 1st June) – Rs. 10,000 for 3 weeks
(14th May to 25th May)- Rs. 10,000 for 2 weeks
Summer School II (28th May to 8th June)- Rs. 10,000 for 2 weeks
(4th June to 15th June)- Rs. 10,000 for 2 weeks
Delhi: Summer Intensive I (21st May to 1st June)- Rs. 15,100 for 2 weeks
Summer Intensive II (4th June to 15th June)- Rs. 15,100 for 2 weeks
Chennai: Summer School I (20th April to 18th May)- Rs. 11, 500 for 3 weeks
Summer School II (21st June to 1st June)- Rs. 11, 500 for 2 weeks
Batches for both themes – Explorers and Media Magic – begin on 14 May, 28 May and 4 June. The courses are two and three weeks long, but each course duration is 30 hours on weekdays.