A note from the Publisher: The Costa Rica Blog Network has chosen to feature the following article for its showcase of philanthropy in Liberia where “Students made significant progress in their English speaking abilities… and had a lot of fun doing so!” Thanks to Bethany for submitting her personal account to us. We hope the school continues to grow its big heart, and that the summer camp is an annual success. Pura vida!
Featured Author: Bethany Kirk (visit the Instituto Estelar Bilingue: Getting Around Tuit Blog)
We just finished an exciting two weeks of Kid’s English Camp at Estelar for kids ages 5 to 12 in our local community of Liberia. In Costa Rica, kids are on summer break in January, so we offered an intensive week-long course of four hours a day, five days a week – 20 hours of English practice each week! The course ran the last two weeks in January, and some kids took both weeks.
The kids had a blast, thanks to the wide variety of activities we planned. They started each day in a regular class environment of 8 kids per class where the teachers worked on specific English concepts and communication. Then the kids participated in all sorts of engaging activities: crafts, music, reading clubs, games, dance, yoga, aerobics, theatre and puppet show productions, and art…ALL IN ENGLISH!
See for yourself:
Melody, our talented English teacher and artist, worked with the kids on two different murals – one for each week!
Brittany and Manuel did some fun crafts – making puppets, masks, castanets, bean art, and guitars out of recycled materials!
Reading is so important, so we set aside time every day for it. Here they are reading with English teacher Greta!
The kids loved playing the piano with Bethany in the student lounge!
Overall, we are very pleased with the results of Kid’s Camp. Students made significant progress in their English speaking abilities…and had a lot of fun doing so! We plan on having Kid’s Camp again in July when kids have a short break.
Click here to read the above post on the Instituto Estelar Bilingue: Getting Around Tuit Blog
About the Instituto Estelar Bilingue:
Instituto Estelar Bilingüe, founded by Bethany Kirk, is a Spanish and English school in Liberia, Costa Rica, with extensive experience and a big heart. Dedicated to using the most effective methodology and holding the highest educational standard in the classroom, while also making a difference in the community, Instituto Estelar Bilingüe is a dynamic and exciting place to study. The school welcomes students of all ages and walks of life to study language in our historical building on the Calle Real with our outstanding professors, all of whom are native speakers of the language they teach and certified teachers.
The name of the school, Estelar, means stellar or pertaining to the stars in English. Estelar describes every student who has the courage to take up language study and pursue bilingualism. And our English students can truly reach for the stars in their careers, for example, when they master the English language since most of the best jobs in Costa Rica require English. Learning a language is a steep challenge, and it causes people to broaden their personal borders and see more opportunities become available as a result. Instituto Estelar Bilingüe is dedicated to making this a reality for its students.
Challenge your Borders and Learn a Language!
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