During the winter and summer breaks the LEI usually runs a number of intensive programs (camps) for various colleges at SNU. The students attend a full day of classes and programs for a period of two weeks. The program itself usually consists of three content areas: Debate, Presentation Skills, and Writing.
1. Typical Format
- Camps usually take place during the winter break in February and the summer break in August. Sometimes an additional camp may be scheduled to run concurrently with a regular EOP session (usually in January or July).
- -Camps are typically 10 working days in length (two weeks); classes typically run from 9:00am to 3:30pm with 10 minute breaks between classes and a long lunch break.
- -Students attend 3 classes a day; each class is about 90 to 120 minutes in length.
- -Students are divided into groups according to their language level and whether or no t they are under-graduate or graduate students.
- -Each class consists of about 12 students.
- To date, the EOP has run regular camps for four colleges: The College of Engineering, The College of Humanities; and The College of Human Ecology, and the College of Veterinary Science.
- -Each of the colleges determines which of its students are eligible for participation in the camps (freshmen, undergraduate, or graduate). In the case of the College of Engineering, their winter camp is usually for incoming students, not current freshmen.
- -In most cases the cost of participating in the camp is subsidized by the student’s department. They must successfully complete the camp in order to receive the subsidy. The amount of the subsidy varies from full to partial. Students also receive a discount on classes in the following EOP session.
3. Course descriptions
- Three courses are usually offered. They consist of the following:
- -Debate: Students will be introduced to the basic format of a debate. They will practice presenting and responding to arguments as well as how to logically organize their ideas and opinions. During the final week teams of students will compete against each other in a debate contest.
- -Presentation Skills: Students will be introduced to the structure of an academic presentation and the language and presentation skills necessary to deliver professional presentations in English. Students will work in small groups on a presentation to be presented on the final day of the course at a mock conference.
- -Writing: Students will learn essential writing and editing skills as they work towards developing an essay related to their interest in their major. This course will focus on paragraph structure and the connection of ideas in writing. Students will also work together to publish a class magazine of their work.
4. Extra activities
- There are a number of activities in addition to regular daily classes:
- -Opening and Closing Ceremonies: Short ceremonies are always held to commemorate the start and finish of the camp. At the closing ceremony, awards are given for various prizes and projects from the previous two weeks.
- -Quiz Night: On the first Friday of the camp, a small group quiz activity is held. Students are divided into teams and compete against other teams for fun and prizes.
- -Lunch or Dinner: Depending on the size of the camp, a lunch or dinner is usually organized for both students and instructors.
- -Special Afternoons: During the second week of the camp, afternoons are set aside for special activities. These include:
- •Writing/Publishing Day: This afternoon is allocated for multiple peer editing and reviewing sessions, with the idea of also preparing the work for publication. On the last day of the camp, a Class Magazine is published and distributed. Awards will also be given at the Closing Ceremony for the best essay from each class.
- •Debate Day: After preparing the previous two days, teams of students will debate each other in a series of short debate contests. These debates will be judged by the instructors based on the debate criteria taught in the camp, and an award for the best debate in each section will be awarded at the Closing Ceremony.
- •Mock Conference: On the final afternoon of the camp, student teams will give their presentations before an audience of peers and instructors in a mock conference. The conference may have to be divided into two sessions, depending on the size of the camp. If there are two sessions, student teams will present to their respective session. Two awards, a Students’ Choice and Instructors’ Choice, are awarded for each session.