A language really comes alive when you first talk to a native speaker, realizing the magic of being able to speak a foreign tongue. Our Native English Camp is designed for learners, who would like to enhance their speaking skills and have already reached a pre-intermediate level. Our teachers in these classes are all native speakers of English, coming from countries like the UK, the US, Australia and more. The camp is international, with kids also representing a number of different countries each year. Weekly sessions start with a short placement test, then the classes are made up of friendly and dominantly speaking-oriented exercises and activities to make sure students get to use their spoken skills as much as possible. (Minimum level requirement: A2.)
At the end of the weekly sessions, we provide feedback about your in-class performance, through the teacher’s assessment form and a video recording of the group project. English classes take two 120-minute lessons each day, Monday through Friday, in small classes (4 to 8 students per class), based on language level and age. A week-long camp has up to 20, while a two-week ‘long camp’ has up to 40 hours worth of classes. If you would like to combine the Native English program with another subject, for instance windsurfing, then you will have one 120-minute class of English and one 120-minute class of windsurfing. (See the full list of possible camp combinations below.)
Weekly group work and presentations
At the Funside Balaton English and Native English Camps we work with our own project-based curriculum. During the first three days of each session we cover new material relating to the Theme of the Week through playful and speaking-oriented exercises, then in the second half of the week we start working on a group project, which is then performed by the class in English in front of our other English groups. The group work may be a live play, a short video or a creative work. All presentations are recorded on video, so that you and your family can watch them after the camp.
Other English Camp options
The Native English Camp is ideal for levels A2 to B2. If you have only recently started learning English or haven’t reached a pre-intermediate level yet, try our English Camp, where you will still have the same great free time activities and several camp combinations to choose from (levels Starter to A2). If you are past intermediate level (B1 to B2) and looking to practice your spoken English skills through creative activities in a “language immersion” setting, try our English Drama Camp.
Free time games and activities
Each week has different free-time activities. Check out the detailed schedule for each week here...
Our open-air teen disco is a camp classic
Camp Opening Ceremony
Our traditional camp opening kicks off every session
Central Europe’s largest lake is just around the corner
Get your T-shirt colored as you cross the line at our favorite fun run!
Celebrate the 2021 Euro Cup with our own fun football games
The beach is filled with music and fun during the Funside Beach Party
Funside’s own spin on this camp classic is a great way to start off the week
A trip to the aqua park includes giant water slides, wave pools and a whole lot of fun on the Week 5!
Be the best at the crazy games of Funside Olympics!
And many more…
There are different weekly themes and activities in each session!
Water Adventure Park
A trip to an aquatic obstacle course on Lake Balaton!
Teams will compete for a prize through exciting challenges, representing different colors
The tribes of the camp battle each other for valuable points in this exciting game.
Inflated obstacles and sports games on 600 square meters in one Ninja Warrior-inspired activity on the Week 1 and 3!
Your group leader will be your sim for a day – turn them into heroes!
Wall Street Trade-off
Play and trade with your friends on the Wall Street of Balatongyörök!
Activity nights just got better: draw in the air and hope that your teammates will see the same on the screen as you do in your head!
A gigantic game of bingo with a show on stage!
Get creative with your teammates and solve as many puzzles as possible!
Funside’s own, in real life Battle Royale game! Can you and your team be the last ones standing?
Play with your friends under the Neon lights!
Bucket list day
Is there something you’ve always wanted to try? Name it, and we’ll bring it for you!
Check it off!
Get through your team’s bucket list together!
Sunshine, Balaton, music, and a game of skills and cooperation – what else would you need for a summer afternoon?
All possible camp combinations
You may choose a second class for each week from the list below. Learn more…