Modern College of Business and Science hosts Summer Camp
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