Modern Col­lege of Busi­ness and Science hosts Sum­mer Camp

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For Mun­taha Naser al Awfi, a grade 12 stu­dent at­tend­ing the sum­mer camp or­gan­ised by the Modern Col­lege of Busi­ness and Science (MCBS), it has been a unique ex­pe­ri­ence as it has im­proved her con­fi­dence for speak­ing in English.

Study­ing in a lo­cal school in Mus­cat and dreaming of go­ing for higher stud­ies next year, the young lady proudly beam­ing with con­fi­dence said that the classes were quite fun. She added, “I learnt gram­mar and en­hanced my vo­cab­u­lary. Now, I feel more con­fi­dent about speak­ing English. The camp re­ally helped me shed in­hi­bi­tions and start con­ver­sa­tions in English.” Her words echoed the feel­ings of other par­tic­i­pants in the sum­mer camp.

The Sum­mer Camp or­gan­ised by MCBS had 150 pupils from grade 7-12. In the seven-week long, five-days a week camp, pupils were di­vided into five groups based on age and level of English lan­guage pro­fi­ciency af­ter a place­ment as­sess­ment. A four-hour ses­sion was de­signed to help the par­tic­i­pants learn the nu­ances of English lan­guage through var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties in the class. The ses­sions con­ducted by the fac­ulty of MCBS were cre­ated to help par­tic­i­pants gain skills in reading, writ­ing, lis­ten­ing and speak­ing. The in­ten­sive in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions en­abled stu- dents to gain skills in in­ter­ac­tive English.

The stu­dents are im­parted lan­guage lessons through dis­cus­sions, de­bates, role plays and other ac­tiv­i­ties such as poster and ban­ner de­sign­ing. Th­ese were used as key el­e­ments in im­part­ing English lan­guage skills. Many par­ents have re­alised the ad­van­tages of a such sum­mer course and have come for­ward to send their wards for the course. The re­sponse for the camp has been grow­ing year af­ter year. Ma­jor­ity of the stu­dents were from govern­ment schools and were na­tion­als.

Haitham al Dughaishi, a se­nior fac­ulty mem­ber who is in charge of the Sum­mer Camp, said, “They are quick learn­ers and you can see the var­i­ous things that they have learnt dur­ing the camp.”

Olga Ve­lyka who is han­dling the sec­tion for ju­nior stu­dents said, “I en­gage them in ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the time they are here. They are quite in­ter­ested in de­sign­ing posters us­ing news­pa­per and magazine cut­tings, mak­ing charts ac­cord­ing to sub­jects and this helps them in­crease their vo­cab­u­lary.”

The camp will con­clude on Au­gust 17 with a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony, where stu­dents will put up a skit show­cas­ing all that they have learnt at the camp.

A blood do­na­tion camp was held by Biruva Jawaner Mus­cat (BJM) as part of Oman’s Re­nais­sance Day and In­dia’s In­de­pen­dence Day. The event was or­gan­ised by the Biruva Jawaner Mus­cat group of young­sters from Kar­nataka, In­dia and be­long­ing to the Billwa com­mu­nity. There were 65 donors and the camp was held at Ghala Health Cen­tre

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