This summer I spent a month working as an English Tutor for ACLE. ACLE is an educational company that provides young Italian students with fun, enriching, and hands-on opportunities to learn the English language at a series of summer-time camps. The day before I set off, I was extremely excited, if a little nervous that I speak zero Italian. The language barrier was a real challenge and took a while to get used to – I found that even when I returned to England, I was talking to friends with exaggerated gestures.
One of the things I enjoyed most about the whole experience was seeing the effect that drama had on the children in terms of them learning English. In Italy, traditionally, school work is restricted to the classroom, and this is exactly what ACLE seek to challenge. We used drama, sports, games and creative activities to engage and inspire the children. At the end of each one week camp, the children performed a production which they devised themselves in English. These covered themes as varied as One Direction to Aliens and super heroes!
All in all it was an unforgettable experience, from which I learnt a huge amount. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work in such a beautiful country with such wonderful students and fellow tutors. I would recommend this experience to EVERYONE!!