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English language learners take learning outside the classroom

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Tuesday, 06 December 2011

 Last week, students in the English as a Second Language courses at Trinity College School had the chance to put their language skills to use outside the classroom.

Both classes of English language learners visited Alex Gordon’s Grade 6 class in the Junior School on November 28th and 29th. The students shared their “Bilingual Memoir” assignments with the younger students. In this assignment, the students had to write about a moment in their lives, in both their native language and in English. The memoirs were then bound into books, making our English language learners published authors in two languages!

Sharing their stories tied in wonderfully with a unit the Grade 6 students were studying on culture and trade. Both the Senior and Junior School students gained a great deal from the experience. As Grade 10 student Nana Shinohara reflected: “I really liked it, because I talked and shared my experiences. I was kind of scared, but they were so nice and after we finished reading our memoirs, we just had a normal conversation. I talked about Japan and wrote their names in Japanese. They looked so happy and they made me happy. Also I learned many things from them, so it was such a great time for me!”

Then, on Saturday, December 3rd, a group of 10 English language learners walked down to the Port Hope Public Library to present at the library’s Christmas open house. The students shared original stories around the theme of Christmas and other seasonal activities in their home countries. They spoke about such things as the Spring Festival in China, how Christmas is celebrated in other countries, their favourite Christmas memories and even the role of consumerism in cities around the world.

Our students did an excellent job in presenting, and there was also a question and answer period where our students fielded questions in a respectful way. Our students enjoyed the trip because it was something different and the people in the audience were friendly. They also enjoyed the hot chocolate, cider, Timbits and thank-you gifts they received in appreciation for their efforts!

Click here for more photos from the visits to the Junior School.

- By Danielle Tanganco, English teacher


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