ESOL Summer Camp
June camp provides summer boost for limited English speaking children
Posted on 06/04/2015
Some school subjects are hard to grasp for children native to the English language.  How difficult must it be for children new to the country who have limited ability to speak the language?  Floyd County Schools is working to close the gap for these children with an ESOL Summer Camp during the month of June.  The ESOL program stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages.  

Parents have signed-up ten children to attend the camp which meets every Thursday in June from 8:30 to 12 noon at the central office of the Floyd County Board of Education.  The children are given one-on-one attention and assistance with speaking the English language.  "We want to increase the children's English proficiency to give them a head start on the fall," stated Tina Black, coordinator of the ESOL Summer Camp and parent involvement specialist for Floyd County Schools. "We also hope this reduces the summer loss of English skills the children have learned during the school year because, in many cases, family members do not speak English in the home."  

The camp time is designed to provide fun activities for the children to engage them in academic concepts and improve English proficiency.  The students are given individual attention and have fun while learning.  "I love flash card game." exclaimed young Allisson Jimenez Esteban, a rising third-grade student at Garden Lakes Elementary.  "Of course, you beat me every time!" added Tina Black.  Allisson came to the United States in March of this year.

The ESOL Summer Camp is a Title federal funded program that provides the children with instruction, breakfast, lunch and transportation to the camp sessions. 

Pictured 1385: Tina Black works with Allisson Jimenez Esteban