ITALIAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE

VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP

The closest you’ll get to experiencing real Italian language and culture this summer

Young Learners Italian Cultural Experience

Virtual Summer Camp

Our Italian language and culture team have been hard at work creating a unique experience to cope with the restrictions surrounding this years’ children’s summer experiences.

We regret that we can’t have you physically here with us in Italy this summer, however we have created a compelling virtual Italian summer experience that is not only unique but will also enable your children to create lasting connections to Italy and with the Italian children involved in our English Language Summer Camp.

Safe, secure and creative at home!

Enjoy the magic of an Italian summer experience delivered on a virtual platform into your own living rooms this summer! Have fun and stay healthy with children from another country.

With our expert team of Italian and English Language and Cultural Teachers, using the latest virtual educational platforms and our unique Italian Language and Culture program online to engage, stimulate and interact with your children, we’ll bring Italy to you! Enjoy a program that’s educational, stimulating and socialising with boys and girls from Italy, the U.S. and Ireland. Participants will create lasting memories, friendships and a desire to come to Italy next year to experience the 2021 Italian Language and Culture Summer Camp in person!

Unique and exciting course to engage and inspire…

Let’s face it, we all need structure right now but our program will not only offer your children structure over their summer break it will provide them with fun, interesting and valuable information that will enhance their Italian language learning as well as establishing lifelong relationships with local Italian children.

Kids will enjoy ...

“Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children.”
- Michael Gove
British Conservative Party Politician – Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Virtual Summer Camp 2020

KIds will enjoy

Virtual Summer Camp 2020

KIds will enjoy

FUN INTERACTIVE AGENDA

Children will get to establishing lifelong relationships with native Italian children of the same age, and doing interesting and challenging project work during the non-contact hours. Having access to exclusive information about “real Italian” everyday life of local communities, the unique festivals and traditions and recipes from the local areas via the exclusive membership area of our website. (Invaluable!)

ESTABLISHING LIFELONG RELATIONSHIPS

They will enjoy 2 hours of fun online contact hours filled with interactive Italian language classes based around interesting facts and information about our local province, plus 3 offline non-contact hours where they’ll be provided with links and information, including information on the province of Viterbo (or Tuscia as we locals call it) and its unique culture, history and of course food. We’ll also provide links to fun movies, cartoons and book readings to watch while they relax during their breaks.

SPECIAL BENEFITS

Each participant will gain lifetime access to our exclusive Italian Language and Culture Virtual Summer member only website portal where they’ll be able to access videos, Italian language lessons, worksheets and other resources to support their Italian language learning and experience. (Valued at €120)

UNIQUE MEMBERSHIP ACCESS

As an additional bonus participants will receive a one-month free membership to our unique Little Italian Book Club where they will receive one “age-appropriate” Italian book delivered to their door and access to our Little Italian Book Club portal to watch the recorded book reading, 4 recorded Italian Lessons based around the book and also being able to download unique Italian language resources to support their Italian language learning journey. (Valued at €40)

NEXT SUMMER

As a final bonus all our Italian Virtual Summer Camp Participants will be guaranteed a place
in our exclusive 2021 Italian Language and Culture Summer Camp!

Viterbo – Tuscia, one of Italy’s best kept secrets!

The province of Viterbo, or Tuscia as it’s known to the locals is located just 80kms (50 miles) north of Rome.

DISCOVER & EXPLORE

Known for its unique blend of Etruscan and Roman culture, food and wine, this province is an extremely little known tourist area. Most tourists and visitors to Italy head straight to the major cities and well-known tourist areas, Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, etc. But Viterbo and its small towns and communities offer some of the most unique history, architecture, cultural traditions, food and wine in Italy and it’s all still unspoiled by tourists.

DIVE DEEP INTO ITALIAN CULTURE

Your children will hear first-hand from our local Italian teachers, who were born and raised in this area, about the many UNESCO heritage festivals and sites, experience virtual cooking lessons, festivals, games, and treks through some of the medieval towns and archaeological areas.

HISTORY TRIVIA

They’ll learn little known facts about the province, like did you know?

They’ll also learn many other interesting facts about the history, culture, agriculture and of course the food of our unique region!

About Our Camp

ITALIAN VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM

Our program has been designed for both native and non-native Italian language learners. It encourages children to think about their own environment and use their non-native language to describe and present the topics. Your children will have the opportunity to improve their pronunciation and grow their non-native language vocabulary whilst interacting and learning with native speakers.

The program encourages the children to be creative and to put together presentations using both their native and non-native language. Where a word or phrase is not known or understood in their presentation the children will be encouraged to use their native language creating an environment for the native speaking children to assist and share their own knowledge of their native language.

Each day will focus on one topic, something that is familiar and interesting to each student. As we will have children from across the globe they’ll have the opportunity to share their own home and school environments and learn how children of similar ages live and experience their day to day lives.

Virtual Summer Camp 2020

EXAMPLE OF THE DAILY ROUTINE OF DAY 1 OF THE PROGRAM

1ST HOUR - OFFLINE

Participants will do the preparation work provided on registration.

2ND HOUR - ONLINE

Introductions – Children will introduce themselves and describe their families using the vocabulary guides provided. They’ll also be asked to write down information about the other children as they introduce themselves and use this information to prepare an introduction on one of the other students.

3RD HOUR - ONLINE

Introducing other children – Children will use the information gathered in the previous online session to prepare a presentation introducing one of the other students.

4TH HOUR - ONLINE

Introducing others – Children will introduce one of the other students using the presentation prepared in the previous offline session. They will also be given instructions and details of what to review and prepare for the next days program.

5TH HOUR - OFFLINE

Children will watch some online content which will give them ideas and information to help them prepare for the next days program.

Below is an overview of the topics we’ll cover during the program and children can choose to be involved everyday or only on certain days, depending on where their interest lies:

Camp Schedule

ITALIAN VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM

PRE-PROGRAM WORK: Participants will:

week 1

DAY 1: ME – WHO AM I / MY FAMILY / RELATIONS / PETS

(encourage children to use personal descriptive adjectives – male/female/short/tall/blond/dark, as well as relationship vocabulary – parents/siblings/aunts/uncles/grandparents and vocabulary describing pets and feelings – big/small/furry/love/care for/happy/sad/fun/etc.)

DAY 2: WHAT I LIKE – HOBBIES / SPORTS / FOOD / MUSIC

(using vocabulary to describe what you like and do in the present continuous form – playing/reading/listening/, describing different foods and tastes and typical meals, describing personal music tastes and genres.)

DAY 3: COOKING LESSON – BASIC ITALIAN PIZZA / FOCCACIA DOUGH AND TOPINGS

(using local, typical ingredients and learning about measurements and temperatures and combining different products)

DAY 4: TYPICAL FOODS OF ITALY - WHAT WE EAT AND WHEN / YOUR TYPICAL FOODS

(using food vocabulary and describing when and what we like or don’t like)

DAY 5: WHERE I LIVE – THE TOWN / AREA / REGION

(using location / place vocabulary as well as describing the local points of interest.

week 2

DAY 6: VITERBO – THE PAPAL CITY

Where is it? What’s it famous for? What are the festivals? (Information and vocabulary about the local region and history)

DAY 7: MY LOCAL INTERESTS – WHAT VISITORS DO WHEN THEY VISIT YOUR REGION?

(encouraging the use of comparatives and superlatives)

DAY 8: COOKING LESSON – TYPICAL REGIONAL BISCOTTI

Using locally grown hazelnuts and produce

DAY 9: LOCAL AGRICULTURE / PRODUCTS

Comparing products in Italy to the US (using descriptive agricultural and product vocabulary)

DAY 10: MY SCHOOL – LOCATION / SIZE / NO. OF CLASSROOMS, STUDENTS, TEACHERS, OUTDOOR AREAS / SPORTS GROUNDS / TRANSPORT / TECHNOLOGY

(Comparing education and schooling)

week 3

DAY 11: THE VIA FRANCEGINA

What is it? Where is it? What’s it famous for? (Encouraging research and using information and links to explore and learn more about the history of the Via Francegina)

DAY 12: MY SCHOOL DAY – DESCRIBE A TYPICAL SCHOOL DAY – SUBJECTS / ACTIVITIES / MEALS / TEACHERS

(encouraging the use of descriptive language and relationships/interactions at school)

DAY 13: COOKING LESSON – TYPICAL REGIONAL PASTAS USING LOCAL INGREDIENTS AND METHODS

DAY 14: MY LOCAL TYPICAL FOOD / RECIPE – WHAT IS IT / HOW DO I PREPARE IT / WHERE DO THE PRODUCTS I USE COME FROM

(using local knowledge and presenting in a welcoming / interesting way to attract and inspire visitors)

DAY 15: MUSIC - WHAT I LISTEN TO / WHY I LIKE IT / WHO ARE MY FAVOURITE BANDS / MUSICIANS / WHY

(music vocabulary to describe different genres and what’s popular or not in the various countries)

week 4

DAY 16: PLACES I’VE VISITED / TRAVELLED / HOLIDAYS / PLACES I WANT TO VISIT / WHY

(encouraging dream / passion / motivation discussions using emotional vocabulary)

DAY 17: ITALY – WHAT I KNOW ABOUT ITALY / WHAT I LIKE

(requiring research and discussion around links and information provided)

DAY 18: COOKING LESSON – TIRAMISU – NAME / HISTORY / INGREDIENTS AND METHOD

DAY 19: OUR REGION – TUSCIA – LOCAL TOWNS / FESTIVALS

(Discussing various seasons and times of the year for the various festivities and gaining an understanding of the history and importance of these in this region – encouraging / inspiring future visits)

DAY 20: WRAP UP – KEEPING IN TOUCH / THINGS TO DO TO STAY UP TO DATE ABOUT ITALY

(how do we stay connected / encouraging innovative ideas and ways that we can keep building the momentum and get excited about connecting in real time next year!)

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