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, and for one day they taught lessons in the morning and the afternoon.
It 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.
Next 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 ICS students were panting by the end due to the high altitude. We just weren’t used to 3,000 feet above sea level.
The 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 with instrumental sounds. Yes, even hand motions sufficed to demonstrate the woodwinds. They topped off the class with a generous round of musical chairs.
Finally, 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 this 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!”