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CAS - Migrant School Update

21 November 2014

Please read about BSB students' recent visit with the Migrant Children's Foundation (MCF) to the Migrant English School in Tongzhou and how it had been a valuable and unforgettable experience for them.

On the 25th of October, we had our second visit to the Migrant English School in Tongzhou with the Migrant Children's Foundation (MCF). My fellow supervisors and I prepared for the class two days before visiting the local school in order to be organized. We divided into five groups and outlined what we would teach and how we would teach the children. We prepared speed quizzes and rainbow song printouts which allowed us to help children to learn colours easily and learn how to introduce themselves in English.

When we arrived at the Migrant English School, the kids waved their hands and happily greeted us. There were too many kids in one classroom, and it was difficult for us to control and start the class. Therefore, we decided to divide them into two groups. One group went to another classroom and learned how to tell their names in English. The other group stayed in and learned colors in English.

I stayed with the children who were learning colours in English. We first taught the colours in Chinese and wrote them in English on the white board. Then, we gave them time to memorise the colours in English. Because we gave them time limits, the children were eager to finish in time and worked their best. After the time ended, we picked coloured papers and asked them what it was in English. After taking a break for five minutes, all 52 kids gathered in one classroom again. Not only were they able to memorise but they also were able to learn tell their names in English now. We had some time to memorise some sentences and they surprisingly memorized them very well. From the two trips we made to Migrant English school, we were able to learn how to educate children effectively and draw their attention. I was so surprised of their quick memorising skills. When we gave children compliments and encouraged them they were eager to memorise more. We were satisfied with their achievement.

At last, kids had time to present what they learned in front of other children, and all the teachers including BSB students evaluated who were the best students. In order to get prizes, children competed against each other and did their best. As a result, kids were more involved in working class material and we were able to teach them in better ways. In order to make children more interested in our classes, we needed more prizes. Thus, we decided to initiate the new plan: Charity. This would help us to collect more money and buy more prizes and this will encourage children more.

 This valuable experience came with many lessons. We learnt the value of helping children and we were able to find our weaknesses. My fellow supervisors and I found out that we lacked skills of Chinese speaking and making children organized. Since we knew we had some difficulties dealing with children, we discussed what we are going to prepare for the lesson plan next time on the way to school by bus. We thought of ideas such as bringing more candies and memorizing some basic Chinese words in order to make them listen what we are saying. Visiting migrant English school was valuable and unforgettable experience for us.

Update from: Jinhan Chun,  Year 12 Student