FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions What is the difference between the Holiday camps and the Holiday crash courses? What should my child bring to the Holiday camp? Does the Holiday camp offer lunch? How can I pay the course fees? Where are the various courses taking place? What happens if my child or I cannot participate due to illness? Is it a disadvantage if my child has little knowledge of English? Do the teachers actually speak English with the children? The course has already begun – can I still participate? Do you dispatch teachers to schools and kindergartens to regularly teach a group there? What is the difference between the Holiday camps and the Holiday crash courses? In the Holiday camp, the focus lies on playfully imparting the English language. The children do handicrafts together, go to bigger and smaller excursions and mainly play. All instructions are given in English, the planning and design of the holiday camp is subject to the native speaker teacher. Although the grammar should not be neglected, the understanding of communication is in the foreground. On the other hand, during the Holiday crash course the active repetition of school material is the main objective. Students are divided according to grade levels, although usually two grades are combined. Each group consists of a maximum of seven participants. In small groups the students practice the speaking of English, writing and reading and repeat grammar and vocabulary. However, we do not forget the fun – our teachers use a variety of media and age-appropriate games in language teaching. What should my child bring to the Holiday camp? Your child should bring: Lunch and snacks for in between Medication, if needed A drinking bottle, which can be regularly filled by us A paint smock, if needed A Maxx-Ticket or a student ticket if available We provide water, juices, apples and small snacks such as granola bars. Please inform our teachers of allergies, should your child have any. We also provide teaching materials Does the Holiday camp offer lunch? Unfortunately, no. We provide water, juices, apples and small snacks such as granola bars. Please advise our teachers of allergies, should your child have any. We do not have the facilities to prepare a hot lunch. Since each child brings its own lunch, the teachers have the opportunity to go picnicking with their groups should the weather allow it. How can I pay for the course fees? You can either grant us a direct debit mandate or pay cash at the Language school on the first or second day of the course. Please note that the course fee cannot be transferred. Where are the various courses taking place? If not otherwise noted, the weekly children and youth courses will be held in our class rooms at Adenauerplatz 1. Our premises are located on the 3rd floor. Please use the side entrance, which is located in the drive way between the Deutsche Bank and the DAI Heidelberg. All adult courses are held in our class rooms at Adenauerplatz 1. Our premises are located on the 3rd floor. Please use the side entrance, which is located in the drive way between the Deutsche Bank and the DAI Heidelberg. The Holiday camp is usually in the great hall of the DAI Heidelberg at Sofienstraße 12. If we change the location, we will inform you in advance by via e-mail. The Holiday Intensive Courses take place in our class rooms at Adenauerplatz 1 or in the DAI Heidelberg at Sofienstraße 12. We will inform you of the location in advance by e-mail. What happens if my child or I cannot participate due to illness? The fees will be refunded only if the cancellation is made eight days before the beginning of the course. Since we are working with very small groups and organize and engage our staff according to the number of registrations, we will unfortunately have to charge the full course fee in the event of sickness at short notice cancellations. A medical certificate (also) does not change anything. If you or your child cannot attend the course, please let us know in advance. We will then pass it through to the appropriate teacher. In case young children stay away from the course without excuse, we will contact the parents immediately. If you or your child should have a contagious disease, we ask you to stay away from the course. Is it a disadvantage, if my child has little knowledge of English? No. Our OWLS courses and our holiday offers are structured in a way that children can participate with different levels of English. During the summer holidays we have, for example, many children in the Holiday camp, who neither have German nor English as their mother tongue as well as children who come from an English-speaking family. Even if your child has little or no knowledge of English, the playful communication and the experience of our teachers are the perfect atmosphere for the first contact with the new language. Do the teachers actually speak English to the children? Yes. Our native-speaking teachers design the program in English. However, we always have assistants in the courses that can also speak German. That way, we can also discuss difficult issues in German. The course has already begun – can I still participate? Children can begin our OWLS and bilinguals courses at any time if there is space in the corresponding group. If you are interested you can contact us here! Even if there is a registration deadline for the conversation courses for adults, you can still participate even after the beginning of the course, if there is still a free place. All other adult courses build on one another and cannot be joined during the course. Do you dispatch teachers to schools and kindergartens to regularly teach a group there? In case of a group size of five to eight children, we like to dispatch our teachers to schools or kindergartens to teach English before or after the regular school or kindergarten lessons. Please ensure that a suitable room is available beforehand. If you are interested you can contact us here!