One of the features that Lauren particularly likes is that she can go in and update it easily. Since Lauren works with all new international students as soon as they enroll in March or April, it’s helpful for her to be able to update the materials in PAL as they change on campus.
Imagine trying to learn a task – any task. If you’re completely new to the task, you’re going to start with a book on the basics, or you’re going to take a class on Task 101. You’re not going to start with a graduate-level course or a book that assumes you’ve been doing the task for years. Learning a language is the same thing.
All teaching staff need to understand that it takes 5-7 years of full immersion in an English-speaking school environment to develop full academic language proficiency. Unless students have done significant academic work in English before they arrive at your school, they will – at the very least – need support with language that is only used in the classroom.
Culture shock is rarely looked at closely in independent schools. Vital English’s PAL orientation materials include information about culture shock to help our students understand what they might find themselves going through.
One of the greatest aspects of VITAL CAMPS as a whole, and particularly for this module, is the ability to track who has read the information provided. Your dashboard will track the camper families and you will be able to see who has seen/read the information and who has not.
What’s great about having all this information in our VITAL CAMPS training platform? International staff can access the information from any piece of technology – phone, tablet, laptop. They can access it anytime, anywhere.
The Vital Camps platform is YOUR information – everything on there is what you want your staff to know and learn about YOUR camp and YOUR program! One of the greatest uses I find is teaching the staff the “hard skills” of safety compliance – things like behavior management, mandated reporting, and others.