8. Teaching Ministry Preparation
TEACHING MINISTRY PREPARATION
English Bible Camp is a usually a day camp for children grades 3-9. For many, the attraction is learning English from an American. English Bible Camp offers valuable language practice in the classroom and through the communication of teacher-student friendships. However, with the Bible as the main textbook, students learn much more than language skills. Students gain an understanding of who God is, what the Bible is, and about God’s greatest gift-His Son.
While the camps are held in schools, they are drastically different from what students experience during the school year. Why? While you will be their teacher, you will also be their friend. Building relationships are the foundation of our camps, so get to know your students personally.
As a teacher, you have the primary influence in the lives of eight to twelve students. You have a special role in each of their lives. For these students, learning English from an American is not something that happens every day; neither is hearing the Gospel or learning about Jesus Christ. Take advantage of the short week that you will have with your class.
Camp usually begins each day for the team before 8:00 a.m., when the team meets for prayer and devotions. The opening usually begins around 9:00 a.m., and is held in an assembly hall. Students participate in worship, watch a short skit or listen to a message pertaining to the day’s lesson, before dispersing to their respective classrooms.
Each day there are three English sessions. The first session, which is the days’ first classroom session, offers the most valuable teaching time, while the other two are later on in the schedule. Depending on the specific camp schedule, there are usually three rotations each day: crafts, recreation, and music. During these sessions teachers accompany the students to the various locations. One classroom period is also devoted to drama, which allows each classroom to develop a skit based on a Bible passage, to be performed later on in the week.
Each classroom will have a native speaker from the local ministry available to help with teaching and translation. It is preferred that these co-workers serve in translating only the most difficult portions for the students. They are also your partner in building relationships with the students.
Introduction to the Curriculum
The curriculum we use is designed for teaching conversational English and reaching hearts for Jesus Christ. As you pursue these purposes, use the curriculum as a guide. It is a means of expressing what you have to share with them. Let your personality and gifts communicate the message to your students.
Don’t feel pressured to follow the curriculum verbatim; be creative, spontaneous and have fun! There are more activities and lessons than you will have time to teach, so you are free to choose what is most important for your class. Remember, quality is more important than quantity.
The student books are on a fairly general level. You can decide when and how to adapt the curriculum to meet their educational needs. If you need to make it easier, try to simplify the lessons. If your class needs more work, there are more advanced lessons included.
It is important to carefully review the curriculum during your time for preparation. You may also have several opportunities during training sessions to practice teaching the material. A key part of our pre trip training as well as our in country training will be in how to use the curriculum as a helpful tool.
There are a wide variety of resources that we have accumulated to supplement the various daily themes as it applies to various age and grade levels. In addition, your personal teaching style will vary and so you may prefer some resources over another. We will address this when that part of the training begins.