Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Day 2

ICS students prepared lessons for the university students to help them engage in fun activities and practice speaking English.  Our 19 students split into four groups, IMG_6468and for one day they taught lessons in the morning and the afternoon. 

IMG_6402It took some time for the Chinese students to feel comfortable playing volleyball.  They got a chance to practice various hits and defences, then we split them into groups and started a tournament.  In the end, everyone had a great time.


IMG_6505Next is Ultimate Frisbee.  This game took some time to explain.  I think the Chinese were less familiar with it.  But, once the teams were selected and everyone faced off, there was no stopping it!  Ultimate was a huge hit!  The ICSIMG_6662 students were panting by the end due to the high altitude.  We just weren’t used to 3,000 feet above sea level.

IMG_6608The Music group had a challenge.  They needed to define a series of very specific types of music as well as instruments.  They were fortunate to have someone to translate everything for them.  They also used PowerPoint slides incorporated IMG_6612with instrumental sounds.  Yes, even hand motions sufficed to demonstrate the woodwinds. They topped off the class with a generous round of musical chairs.


IMG_6619Finally, the Card Playing group.  They also faced an audience with little understanding of English terms like “spades” or “queen”.  This team did not have the benefit of a translator, but they did have Mr. Whittaker.  Since Danny taught IMG_6615this class last year, he stepped up and taught it again.  You will notice that everyone is scattered around the floor.  Apparently there was a miscommunication and the class was held in a computer lab with no movable tables.  Ah, that wonderful creativity called improvising.


And what was Aaron doing during all this?  Why making friends of course.  He had a great time running around and playing with the menagerie.  The menagerie, in turn, had a great time trying to get him to sit still for a picture.  “So lovely!”

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