Update from: Yumin IM, Year 12 IB CAS Student
On 11th April 2015, our team visited the local Migrant English School. It has been a long time since I have met the children so I was happy to see them. We handed out worksheets and stationeries to begin the lesson. We were at first struggling because no one was fluent enough to speak Chinese and teach the students. However later, we managed to carry out the class very well with the help of Ms. Helen.
Our topic to teach was "Family". After writing both English and Chinese words of the family members, we taught them how to read it and the kids followed. Sam was at the front and reading out loud the words. I sat down with some young boys and taught them the vocabularies. At the beginning, they were confused about some words such as granddaughter and aunt. However, they worked very hard and I helped them by answering the questions that they asked. Then the students did some activities in the worksheet. The worksheet was actually a listening task so the kids were at first confused but we handled the situation and told them to write the names of each family member below the pictures. Every student studied very hard which is a pleasure to see. After some revisions and practices of the words, we did a game by dividing into three groups. They were told to make up sentences by using the words learnt about family. Two students from each table went to the front to make new sentences and read it out loud. When they got it correct the team was given points.
Everyone was competitive. Some students were really outstanding whereas some were shy and had some difficulties. Therefore, we wrote some adjectives that they could use to create sentences more easily. Most of the students were not confident and were shy. They did not like to speak in the front because they feared that they might get it wrong. To encourage them and cheer them up, I teach each student in the group independently and taught them some sentences that they could present at the front. I kept praising them for their good work, and the kids started to get confidence. Some students were very eager to learn and kept on asking questions which felt really great as a teacher . Then after some practices we continued the game and there were significant differences. The students were now putting their hands up to present sentences in front of the class whether they were sure or unsure of the sentences they have made. We tried to give every one of them the opportunity to speak, and complimented them. After the game, we chose some excellent students and gave them prizes.
After the lesson, we all went out for a rest. Boys played basketball and girls played catch ball. We divided into two groups and tossed the ball around to each other trying not to pass or let the opposite team catch it. We all ran around laughing. It was so much fun playing with them. Sadly, it was time to leave and we said goodbye to the kids. Every student said goodbye in English. Before, they used to speak in Chinese but now they have changed. And as their teacher, I felt a great sense of satisfaction. This visit I spent with the kids were entertaining and great as well as the previous classes. Being a teacher is tough, but I feel proud seeing their improvement and their development in English.
If you would like further information on the Migrant Children’s Foundation (MCF), please contact Ms. Helen Boyle, Director and Founder (firstname.lastname@example.org)