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Innovative Courses

For one, two or three weeks, students will embark on an exciting learning experience with traditional teaching methods put aside. Instead, each participant will be encouraged to use their initiative to solve problems and overcome challenges through their participation as both a leader and a vital team member. Students will choose one, two or three courses that most interest them from the following subjects:

Introduction to Business, Debate, Web Design, Journalism & Creative Writing , Communications & Cultural Behavior, Drama, Environment and Climate Change, Art, Urbanism, and Introduction to Psychology.

Students will master one subject per week, spending three hours per day in a classroom setting consisting of no more than 25 students.

Camp Golden Gate is proud to offer a variety of dynamic and relevant courses that focus on Technology, Health, Science, Business and The Humanities. The diversity of the curriculum aims at developing a learning environment that will allow the students to become well-rounded and more knowledgeable about the global world in which they live.

It is mandatory that any student who is interested in taking the following courses: Web Design and Urbanism, will have to bring a mobile computer or tablet to get the most from the course. Furthermore, because of the complexity of these courses, these classes will not have any more than 20 students per course.

All courses are taught in American English by native speakers from the USA and fluent English speakers. A lot of summer camps advertise that their courses are led by native speakers, which often ends up being not the case. Camp Golden Gate is committed to its clients and always delivers on its promises. Finally, it is imperative to highlight that all courses will not focus solely on grammar, but instead more on social skills, creativity, and on the student taking an innovative approach.

Debate

This course will introduce to students to debate, which is a form of public discourse; it is a formal direct oral contest or competition in argumentation between two or more people on a defined proposition at a specific time. Students will learn the entire structure of a debate, how to conduct a successful debate. They will also learn that basic debate styles vary widely in terms of their format, time limits for speeches, the order of speeches, and how arguments are presented.


Why you should take Debate? Debate provides experiences that are conducive to life-changing, cognitive, and presentational skills. In addition, through debate debaters acquire unique educational benefits as they learn and polish skills far beyond what can be learnt in any other setting. At the very least, debate helps learners to see the power of deploying rational, reasoned arguments and compelling evidence in action. It enables them to elucidate their standpoint through utilizing rhetorical eloquence. It instills in debaters a great sense of poise and confidence. It teaches them the skills of researching, organizing, and presenting information in a compelling fashion.

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Web Design

In this new technology era we live in, knowing how to design a website is becoming more important than ever. This course is a quick introduction to the art of web design. This class will give you a glance to the core principles of web design.


Throughout the course students are introduced to planning and designing effective web pages; implementing web pages by writing HTML and CSS code; enhancing web pages with the use of page layout techniques, text formatting, graphics, images, and multimedia; and producing a functional, multi-page website. Students will also have an opportunity in this course to explore and understand some of the several different aspects of web design, including webpage layout, content production, and graphic design.

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Introduction to Business

Welcome to the world of business! This class introduces business concepts and skills students need in today’s competitive environment and why entrepreneurship is such an important component of any business. Problem solving becomes a crucial element in this class as students examine current business issues.

The class covers how businesses operate and help students understand the many fundamental ways in which business affects people and society—by shaping the kinds of occupations they will pursue and the careers they can expect. Included in this course are several business areas -finance, accounting, operations, management, business law, and global markets– and how these areas connect to each other and how they relate to the world in which we live. Students will also learn about the actual activities involved in creating goods, services, and profit and why some companies seem to be more effective or make more money —that is, are more ―profitable than others.

The way business work is evolving. Students at Camp Golden Gate will get a fresh perspective on how startups work and how anyone can do it. It is all about ideas and execution

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior. Psychology is a multifaceted discipline and includes many sub-fields of study such areas as human development, sports, health, clinical, social behavior and cognitive processes.


Have you ever experienced a physical reaction to an emotional situation? Sweating, shaking or stomach discomfort before a big test, a game, a presentation or performance? Have you ever known someone was talking about you when you walked into a room even without anyone saying anything? Has a certain smell or song ever brought back a strong memory? All of these situations have much to do with brain chemistry and illustrate the intrinsic connection between mind and body. While we cannot always control our feelings and behaviors, we can understand and manage them with awareness using psychological and neurobiological tools.


We all learn differently, react differently and process information differently, however there are theories that sometimes prove that we are more predictable than we realize. Why is there evil in the world? There are Psychologists that have theories that can explain that too. The goal in this course is explore different aspects of Psychology that you can use as tools to understand yourselves and others and improve and build the “Hardy Personality” that will help you in life.


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Journalism & Creative writing

People have always depended on the mass media to spread the word about events and people of interest to the general public. This course introduces students to the fascinating world of print and online media. Law, ethics and the history of journalism will complement the major units of study: reporting, writing, editing, photography, advertising, design, management and teamwork. Students will encounter various article formats and work towards developing their voice using various writing styles.

The majority of the course will help you to develop and improve your writing in a variety of styles and formats for a range of different mediums. Voice, tone, syntax, vocabulary, structure, and editing techniques will all be addressed in a writing workshop atmosphere. By the end of the course, you will be able to: have a better understanding of the general skills needed to be able to communicate in either the print or online media. A particular emphasis is placed on writing, while touching on interviewing, reporting, reacting and synthesizing, to understand the legal, moral, and ethical responsibilities inherent in the free press. Additionally how to polish a piece of writing in an attractive, inviting manner – including headlines, graphics, imagery, and much more.

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ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE

This course will focus on understanding the basic principles of the environment we live in. The environment is everything that is around us. It can be living or non-living things. It includes physical, chemical and other natural forces. Living things live in their environment. They constantly interact with it and adapt themselves to conditions in their environment. In the environment there are different interactions between animals, plants, soil, water, and other living and non-living things. Major topics of discussion in this course will be: food, energy, human population, biodiversity and global change. Most importantly this course will do a case study on climate change. What is it? And why is very important to our existence? Climate change is the current rapid warming of the Earth's climate caused by human activity. If left it poses an unprecedented threat to human civilization and the ecosystems on this planet.

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Communications & Cultural Behavior

This course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge about communication theory and practice. It creates an awareness of the role communication plays in our interpersonal relationships. Students will be introduced to basic models, definitions, and approaches to interpersonal communication and public speaking. Some areas presented include perception, self-concept, self-disclosure, conflict, verbal and nonverbal communication, and ways for improving communication competence.The students will also gain an understanding of what culture is as the background influence that shapes our perception and experience of reality. The students will develop their cognitive, emotional and behavioral Cultural Intelligence through role plays and cases.

The aim of the course is to make students capable of sensing and understanding the cultural communication differences to their counterparts and adapt their communicative behavior towards the interaction and its intended outcomes. Students will learn that understanding other people and other cultures and being able to communicate to them (in English) is a pre-requisite for future success.

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Urbanism

Urbanism is the study of the characteristic ways of interaction of inhabitants of towns and cities (urban areas) with the built environment. It is a direct component of disciplines such as urban planning (the physical design and management of urban structures) and urban sociology (the study of urban life and culture). But it is also an interactive process in the long term where we mold our cities and our Cities mold us. This course will serve as an introduction and overview of the basic tenets, disciplinary threads, and bodies of scholarship associated with the idea of urbanism.

We will explore in this course the idea that urbanism is generally defined as the study of cities, but different fields focus on different aspects. In urban planning and architecture, urban form and structure is the focus. In sociology, urbanism may be more about social interaction and community within the context of cities. Historians may be particularly interested in historical patterns of urban growth and change. What all fields have in common is a concern for the created human habitat and the problems – and potential solutions – that habitat inspires.

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Art

This course aims to provide an introduction to art through a multi-media experience. Students will learn and apply the elements and principles of design to produce creative art projects that reflect their understanding of these concepts. Furthermore, this course is an introduction to the elements of art: form, shape, line, color, value, space and texture. In addition to this, the student will gain knowledge in art history. The ability to discuss artwork in an educated manner will also be taught during this course. Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to create hands-on projects in order to understand the sensory, formal, technical, and expressive qualities of the arts. And also identify the process, techniques, and tools required to produce visual art.

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Drama

The purpose of this course is to develop and synthesize advanced elements of theater arts into final production using various media, techniques, and processes. Some of the main concepts that will be learned include without limitation; acting and characterization, improvisation, theater terminology, movement, vocal production, auditioning and casting. Upon completion, you will be able to: demonstrate the use of advanced acting techniques, improvisation, and character analysis to reflect internal and external qualities of a character, as well as the period, style, and culture of the production. Developing and understanding the cultural and historical influences on dramatic forms, using vocal, classical, and contemporary techniques to portray the physical, emotional, and social dimensions of characters from various genres and media. Understand how actors, directors, and designers create and refine dialogue and stage directions that convey the playwright’s intent, and so much more.


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