English language training
Volleyball Development Camps has been offering English language training for four years at one camp, but now offers it, in a different form, at each of its week-long summer camps.
Formerly, the language tuition was provided by a prestigious international school, which brought athletes onto its campus for morning sessions in its language laboratory, and with tutors. Instruction focused on grammar and vocabulary.
Over time, parents expressed a preference for their children to concentrate on the improvement of conversational skills. Most athletes had some English language coursework at school, where vocabulary and grammar were the main focus; what the parents wanted was for their children to gain in confidence in their use of English.
VbDC has changed its program to bring qualified tutors into the gym, or to accompany athletes on social or cultural outings; if desired, they can also work in a private setting on direct language tutoring, at the athlete’s residence or before or after training hours.
The change to a tutoring system allows parents to tailor the language lessons to their budget, and it makes it possible not just for athletes to have language training at one camp, but at all the VbDC camps. Fees are charged at industry standard rates.
By bringing conversational skills tutoring into surroundings in which English is the lingua franca for all athletes, coaches, host families, youth hostel staff, sports performance analysts, guest speakers and administrators, the athlete seeking to improve his or her language skills is playing their favourite sport in the perfect environment to practice English.