FAQ – Parents
We’ve been offering the AngloFun English immersion programme in various holiday centers in Quebec since 1986. This summer’s camps will therefore take place at two different resorts whose breathtaking sites we will borrow for our 2018 programmes.
It is natural for your child to feel anticipation, fear, excitement or even nervousness before leaving home. These emotions are quite normal! In order to better prepare your child to a week or two away from you, you might want to emphasise the positive aspects of summer camp: enjoying nature, spending time with friends her age, taking part in stimulating activities. Your confidence in our capacity to take good care of your child will also go a long way in reassuring her and helping her make this experience a positive one.
Questions from parents
Why opt for the AngloFun English immersion center?
- Certified and qualified teachers
- English-speaking counsellors
- Vast choice of fun activities
- More than 30 years of experience in English immersion
- And our AngloBranché distance learning programme also offers you the opportunity to build on what your child will have learned and help her improve her English throughout the school year.
When was AngloFun established?
We have been operating our English immersion programmes since 1986. We offer our sessions in Montreal and at locations about 2.5 hours from Quebec City. The summer camps take place at different resorts whose breathtaking sites we borrow for our summer programmes.
Is there a visiting day before the start of camp and is it possible to visit with our child during her stay?
There used to be a visiting day, not anymore, but thanks to the Internet, you have access to a virtual tour of our sites whenever you want. Of course, we would be happy to show you around anytime during the summer, provided you make an appointment
Since campers are not allowed to use phones, we suggest you provide your child with prepaid envelopes if she wants to write you. But our camps being sort-term, campers should be able to live through a temporary separation from their family quite well. Don’t worry! Camp management is always there to inform you on your child’s adjustment to camp and her progress.
Where are the children lodged?
Campers are lodged in lovely pavilions in age- and gender-based groups. There are bunk beds and comfortable mattresses and electricity is provided inside each dormitory, as are showers and washrooms.
What about the children’s safety and well-being?
All activities are planned in accordance to age and abilities. Meals are prepared with care and aim to please children and are approved by a dietician.
We have a health care assistant who goes over each child’s file before they arrive to be sure we are aware of all health issues, whether they concern food or allergies or anything else.
Lifeguards supervise all bodies of water and our counsellors follow mandatory child- and camp-specific first-aid training. In case of injury, first aid is immediately provided and parents are informed.
Staff is informed of health issues such as asthma, allergies, epilepsy, etc. as they are noted to your child’s file. This means they can take fast action if need be or know to avoid certain physical activities for your child.
Of course, staff and campers are strictly prohibited from smoking, drinking or using drugs.
Who trains your personnel?
Our teachers are graduates from university and have a solid experience in teaching English as a second language. Every morning, for a period of 3 hours, they work with a group of 10 or so children of the same age and level of English. AngloFun founder, Mrs. Sandra Lebeau, has a Master in Education and sees to it that lessons are well-rounded and proceed smoothly for every child.
Our counsellors are young men and women, students with university background, mostly in education. They follow mandatory training on safety, hygiene, recreational activities and language assistance before they start with us as counsellors. The ratio is, on average, one counsellor per 8 kids, according to the age group.
How does English immersion work?
Kids aged 8 to 11 have great curiosity and good attention span and their capacity to memorise is amazing. Learning English is usually easy for them!
Kids aged 12 to 15 usually undertake this programme because they know they need to improve their English and they want to.
Our well-structured learning programme enables all campers to better understand the language and better express themselves in it, even in a short period of time.
For more information concerning age-specific learning objectives, please contact us.
When they arrive, campers take part in an orientation session during which activities, safety rules and schedules are explained, and during which we answer any questions they have. Don’t worry, there is staff available to explain things to your child in her language if absolutely necessary, but from the moment they get up right to the evening snack, we ask your child to make a constant effort to communicate in English. Our counsellors see to that! The AngloFun team is always there to help campers learn the right words and teach them how to use them.
How does staff supervise the use of English?
At registration, each camper must sign the code of ethics in which she agrees to make an effort to always speak English. Our counsellors are also trained in positive reinforcement and constructive feedback and know how to motivate kids to express themselves in the other tongue.
Describe a typical day and the activities offered to campers.
We offer sports activities: horseback riding, volleyball, soccer, badminton, archery, swimming, aerobics, etc. We offer cultural activities: music, arts and crafts, dancing, etc. We also offer farm activities where kids learn to take care of animals and become a real farmer! There are ponies, chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, etc. As for nautical activities, we offer bathing, canoeing, rafting and much more!
- 6:30 a.m: Wake up + aerobics + shower
- 8 a.m: Breakfast
- 9 a.m: English lessons with the teachers
- Noon: Lunch
- 1 p.m. to 4 p.m: Age-group activities (sports or arts or nature)
- 4:30 to 5:30 p.m: Feedback and rewards session
- 6 p.m: Dinner
- 7 p.m: Large-group activities (fire camp, treasure hunt, dancing, etc.)
- 9 p.m: Bedtime
What are your payment and refund policies?
Registration fees are non-refundable. Camp expenses must be paid before May 1st. After this date, we will refund only for reasons of health upon presentation of a doctor’s note. Other conditions are specified on the registration form. If your child must leave before the end of her stay, either for personal or behavioural reasons, there is no possible refund.
How can I prepare my child for her stay at your camp?
It is natural for your child to feel anticipation, fear, excitement or even nervousness before leaving home. These emotions are quite normal! In order to better prepare your child to a week or two away from you, you might want to emphasize the positive aspects of summer camp: enjoying nature, spending time with friends her age, taking part in stimulating activities. Your confidence in our capacity to take good care of your child will also go a long way in reassuring her and helping her make this experience a positive one.
In our experience, it is sometimes even harder for parents to say goodbye than it is for kids. If your child senses you are worried, it may send the message that there actually is something to be worried about. Please do not tell your child you will come and get her if there’s a problem, as this will prevent her from giving herself the chance to enjoy her stay. Helps us help your child live an unforgettable experience and learn English with the help of competent and devoted professionals. It will be a lifelong gift!
What must my child bring to camp?
The number of items varies according to the duration of the stay. Keep in mind there is no laundry room on the premises and that storage space is limited. Please pack the minimum.
- Clean clothes dance night
- Warm sweater
- Bathing suit
- Towel and beach towel
- Underwear and socks
- Running shoes (2 pairs – no sandals please)
- Water shoes (no sandals please)
- Raincoat and boots
- Sun hat
- Bag for dirty clothes
- Water bottle
- Sunscreen lotion
- Sleeping bag and pillow
- Health care card
- Pocket English-French dictionary
- Pens and pencils
- Eraser and pencil sharpener
What are arrival and departure times?
Arrival: Sunday between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m.
Departure: Friday between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m.