Message of the day: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world” – Anne Frank
Karen helps the hotel restaurant staff with English skills
Today, we continued working with other Grade 5 students. I typically began with a self-introduction round by introducing myself, and then asked the students to do the same, typically with “My name is ____”. Typically, I noticed pronunciation abnormalities, particularly with “n”. A round of corrective pronunciation was done. Next, a game of “Shapes and Colors”. After explaining, I introduced various pre-cut cards and asked the class to identify their shapes and colors. The students typically were mixed up between shape and color. In the end, however, I believe they picked up capacity in the topic area. A round of phonics was then introduced, with me presenting cards of various subjects.
Karen introduces grade-5 students the Hocky Pocky game
With classes for the day over, the team was then ushered into the school’s dining area, along with selected students. We were to making dumplings with the students. The team was shown the hows. The students took turn in showing us how to make dumplings, with ingredients prepared by the master chef. The students took interest in conversing with us. It was yet another good opportunity for them to brush up on their conversational skills. Such opportunity I’d say is rare due to the general English-learning environment in China.
Karen, Rich and Shek learn to make dumplings from grade-8 students
After the dumplings were made, we continued to chat. The students then left. The team, along with the English teachers and some other faculty members, particularly the assistant principal Mrs. Zhang, we sat around, as the hot off-the-wok dumplings were brought out of the kitchen. It was one of the best meals, even topping the food from the local restaurants. Karen and Rich incessantly “bragged” that this was their best meal in Kunming thus far. Was it just propagandizing that the dumplings were made by them? Praise should go around to everyone, including the chef, who must have put in extra ingredients to make them taste so special.
The school teachers thank volunteers for the help to the students