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Cool courses for summer

A chance to make friends and pen pals, learn English the right way and acquire knowledge about the culture of different countries around the world — that’s what kids joining the fourth edition of British Council’s summer school can look forward to.

The five-day-a-week workshop, to be held from May 19 to June 6, has a host of activities lined up for children aged eight to 15.

The children will be divided into three groups. Group A or Whizz Kids is for 8 to 10 years, Group B or Shining Stars for 11 and 12-year-olds and Group C or Ace Teens for kids between 13 and 15 years.

“It is a 30-hour programme for students to hone their vocabulary skills, grammar knowledge and reading ability, besides engaging in a lot of group activities related to the theme, Around the World in 15 days,” said Rajeev Bakshi, the academic manager of Kolkata Teaching Centre, BCL.

It won’t be all work and no play though. Songs, poetry-reading, storytelling, poster presentations and short performances are on the cards to add to the fun quotient.

“The ultimate aim of our summer school is confidence- building and development of soft skills. There will be a lot of emphasis on collaboration and interaction,” Bakshi said.

As students learn about the food, tradition, games and customs of various places, they can also make pen pals with other participants.

At the end of the programme, the children will come out with their own production — a class magazine, newspaper or blog — and a final performance for their parents.

For enrolment details, log on to the British Council website (http://www.britishcouncil.in).