With the information provided by the children in the questionnaires, we were better able to finalize our curriculum design and syllabus plans. Based on the children's responses, we will split the students into four groups (the number of students are in brackets): ages 6-8 (5); 9-12 (5); 15-16 (4); 17-19 (5).
Because six year olds and nineteen year olds are obviously going through different developmental stages in life, we needed to figure out a way to address everyone's needs. We decided to take each curriculum goal and then create individual objectives for each age group. So both the 6-8 age group and the 17-19 age group will all work to "use speaking and listening skills to fully participate in camp activities" but they will reach this goal in very different ways and "success" will look very different across age groups.
We chose one or two future professions or activities of interest of each age group around which to develop our lessons. For the younger children, we chose activities of interest to help them get excited about English and encourage future language study. For the older children we chose activities of interest but also professions of interest since they will need to use this type of english in the near future. However, in both cases, the objective was to develop fun and engaging activities presented through communicative as well as form focused instruction. Each member of the team chose an age group they wanted to work with, as well as an activity or profession that their age group has expressed interest in. Ideally, each team member developed activities for an age group they would like to work with in the future.