English courses help students learn vocabulary and grammar, but English language immersion is how students become fluent. It is not enough to understand the mechanics of a language; students must comprehend complexity and be able to meaningfully express themselves.
At the University of Central Asia (UCA) second Summer Camp, students from Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan spend three weeks living and learning in a fully immersive, residential learning environment at Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyz Republic. The Camp is designed to give Grade 10 students from Central Asia the opportunity to upgrade their skills to an international level, setting them apart in the competitive university admissions process.
Designed by international curriculum specialists, the UCA Summer Camp curriculum features 42 hours of English instruction tailored to the assessed needs of Central Asian students. The comprehensive, theme-based syllabus focuses on developing the vital language skills and communicative competence for students’ academic and career success.
With an international team of faculty, counsellors and programme staff, the Summer Camp experience requires students to embrace English language learning both inside and outside the classroom. Excursions, sports and evening activities offer students the chance to learn and socialise in English.
Its curriculum accommodates a range of English language abilities to allow for the varying levels of English language programmes offered in Central Asian schools. Courses offer more advanced students the opportunity to help their peers.
English Faculty Dr Roza Kazakbaeva leads English instruction at UCA Summer Camp. Dr Kazakbaeva’s academic background shares the international ethos of UCA: she holds a PhD in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Composition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA, taught at the Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages in Kazakhstan, and has more than 20 years of experience teaching English, linguistics and cross-cultural communications.
Trained in teaching methods and curriculum delivery at Canada’s Seneca College, she delivers rigorous English language coursework from a unique vantage point.
“The UCA Summer Camp’s English programme offers an international standard that has been specifically adapted to the Central Asian context: one of diverse communities and multilingual societies where young people often speak both national languages and Russian daily,” Dr Kazakbaeva explained. “English fluency will not only ensure students are globally competitive in the future, it will break down barriers and encourage them to express ideas, share experiences, and learn from one another.