ISPY Afternoon Electives

Electives are designed to apply authentic language to controlled learning situations. Electives are taught using second language learning principles. Students are provided with solid scaffolding to introduce and support their learning, with vocabulary lists and simple, basic model foundations on which to expand their communicative skills. Students from a range of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds are all learning new skills and concepts in a common English-speaking environment.


Each week will focus on a different topic, which could include any of the following: Digital Entertainment – creating short, animated films using stop-motion photography; App Builder – learn how to create your very own mobile app, from concept to implementation; Game Builder – create all of the elements of a phenomenal game from scratch, including characters, plot and story-line, setting, and special effects; Robotics – program your own mini robot, learning how to control movement with sensors and coding; 3D Designer – learn the intricacies of 3D printing and create your own custom-made objects.


Each week, students will have the opportunity to participate in a local, community-based service project, where specific needs have been identified. Service Projects are divided into three main areas: Environmental, Humanitarian, and Social. Past service trips have included beach clean-up; invasive species removal; work with animals at a local shelter; preparing lunches for underprivileged children; assisting with food preparation at a local homeless shelter. Students spend up to ten hours per week on service projects, and receive a certificate of completion to document their experience.


Drama classes range from simple drama games that repeat basic phrases, to more complex application of language through skits, dialogues, or monologues. Through the medium of language, drama develops vocal techniques and body awareness, while also allowing students to develop poise and self-confidence. Drama releases inhibitions, giving students license to take risks and experiment with language without worrying about perfect grammar and sentence structure.

Global Citizenship

Every summer, students from all over the world come together to study language and culture. Beyond simple language acquisition, they must also learn to interact, negotiate, and cooperate with one another, while overcoming distinct language and cultural differences. Spending time together at a summer camp is a perfect opportunity to build these skills., Learners will explore diverse identities and cultures, and think critically about their place in the world. They will develop respect for diversity, tolerance and understanding for others’ differences, while also learning about issues in other parts of the world.

Intercultural Communication

The ability to communicate effectively across cultures is a key skill for global citizenship. It begins with the examination and awareness of one’s own culture in order to understand and recognize the many dimensions of cultural difference. This understanding is the foundation for cultural fluency and the ability to form deep relationships across cultures.