- An English camp for middle school students was held during the winter vacation. A total of 182 children participated in the six-day event. - Since last year, the children of parents who work for Mobis suppliers have been invited to the camp, as part of the effort to foster a closer relationship among the families who participated in it and the companies involved. - Parents and children were very satisfied with the excellent quality of the programs laid on, including ESL and NEAT
MOBIS (www.mobis.co.kr) held ‘2012 Junior MOBIS English Camp’ for a total of 182 middle school children (1st and 2nd grades) of executives and employees of Mobis and its suppliers. This summer camp took place from Jan. 9th to 14th, a total of five nights and six days, at the Korea Workers' Compensation & Welfare Service Training Institute in Jincheon and the Hanwha Resort in Gyeongju.
MOBIS has hosted English camps since 2007 in order to increase the satisfaction for employee welfare and benefits. The participation was initially limited to only MOBIS employees. However, the subject for the event has been expanded to include suppliers’ employees since last year for the purpose of promoting mutual growth prospects with suppliers. MOBIS selected native English speakers and Korean professional lecturers to maximize the educational outcome of the camp, and forged partnerships with companies specialized in English camps in order to ensure the provision of high quality educational programs and so satisfy the students’ learning requirements.
The camp also focused on improving English speaking skills and helping students prepare for English tests through the English as a Second Language (ESL) program of the U.S. and the National English Ability Test (NEAT), which has been developed as Korea’s national English ability test by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in order to improve English communication skills.
Also, the English camp offered programs such as ‘MOBIS TV-CF’ and ‘MOBIS Newspaper’ to let children learn about their jobs of their parents. Participants made and presented CFs and Newspapers about MOBIS with native-speaker English teachers. Indeed, these programs have been specifically designed in order to foster the strong bonds between children and parents, and to teach them how to confidently give presentations in front of others and to get rid of the fear of speaking English.
Many other programs were carried out such as quizzes about different cultures from around the world, as well as different nation’s entry procedure experiences and also flea markets, where children could learn daily conversation in English while having fun. Students wrote an English diary before going to bed, which is helpful for building good learning habits and writing skills.
Children practiced in English ‘the Three Little Pigs’ and ‘So Long Farewell’, a song from the musical the Sound of Music, and, on the last day, they performed them before their parents.
Ji-u Kim (son of Director Jong-tae Kim of the Production Management Team at Gimcheon factory, 15) said “I wanted to improve my English skill during the winter vacation, and was fortunate enough to participate in this English camp held by my dad’s company.” He also added “I feel so good, because now I feel confident in speaking English with foreign teachers.”
Aside from the middle-school student-focused camps, MOBIS also holds ‘Summer Camps’ for elementary school children every summer. Furthermore there is a program, called ‘summer backpacking trip overseas,’ which has been put on for university students since 2004 in order to give them opportunities to experience cultures of Europe and other countries and visit overseas factories of MOBIS, leading to high-scores in terms of participant satisfaction with the program.