Mr. VanderZee took Ms. Pilar’s 5th grade boys to the athletic fields to teach them a very popular American sport: Ultimate Frisbee. Everyone had a ton of fun, and learned to use English words as they played the game, like “here!” “throw” “foul” etc. The boys did a great job understanding the rules (even though it was completely explained in English), playing the sport, and remembering to communicate with their teammates in English.
Some high school and middle school students recently visited the hub to select some of their favorite American music and try and transcribe the lyrics. Their choices ranged from fairly easy (Avicii “Hey Brother”) to very difficult (“Monster” by Rihanna and Eminem). Few students did a perfect job, but they were excited to pick up the words they had missed after checking the lyrics online, and learned new vocabulary to understand the songs better. Maybe in the near future, some of the students can perform in a Karaoke competition!
8th graders and 10th graders have been visiting the English Experience Hub to complete practice activities for the PET and TOEFL with their English Teachers. The students have said the HUB provided a more relaxed and interactive environment for them to feel less bored and more engaged with the sample problems, whether oral or written. The 10th graders especially enjoyed creating sentence diagrams to better understand questions about whether the meaning of sentences with slightly different wording have the same meaning.
This week several High School classes are visiting the Hub for the first time to sign up for our online platform, schoology.com, and some also had time to play a game. Mr. Garfield, one of the teachers, said that the visit to the hub was “the best time the students have had in my class all year.”
Once students have completed the registration and agreed to the procedures and rules of the center, they will be invited to visit during recess, and come before and after school. There are English newspapers and magazines, games, cable TV, and online games and discussions for them to enjoy. And this is only the beginning!