UM students improve English while having fun at English Festival
咖啡拉花、狼人殺、日式福袋 想不到在澳大這樣學英語

8 Nov 2016


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“It is daytime. Everyone open your eyes. Unfortunately, the werewolf committed evil last night. Another villager was killed, but the witch was indifferent and did nothing…” Werewolf was one of the activities in the 2016 Fall English Festival. Distinct from formal English classes, students needed to use English and facial expressions to hunt for the werewolves. By playing the game, students learned daily vocabulary and expressions without realizing it.

The goal of the English Festival was to stimulate students’ interest and confidence in speaking English and to encourage them to apply what they have learned in class to real life scenarios. In order to do this, the English Festival activities incorporated popular elements close to young people’s everyday lives such as latte art, T-shirt painting, sushi making and drawstring bags. Sherry, a student in FAH who is interested in manual artwork, participated in the Drawstring Bag Workshop. She never expected she could learn English in this way. During the workshop, students communicated with the tutor in English and followed step-by-step instructions. Both parties had much fun and laughter. Throughout the workshop, Sherry practiced common English vocabulary related to sewing such as flatiron, needle and stitch.

Allen, a student from FSS who also participated in the Drawstring Bag Workshop, had different ideas. His participation was derived mainly from his interest in interactive English activities. Creating a drawstring bag was a new experience for him. Allen said, “This kind of activity is relaxing and fun. We can not only learn new language knowledge in English, but can also be acquainted with household skills to which we seldom have access in our daily study.”

All the English Festival tutors combined their personal hobbies and students’ interests to organize creative and entertaining activities. In an interview about the festival, one of the tutors, English Language Teaching Assistant (ELTA) Fish Zhang, mentioned that “students usually pay much attention to academic English and neglect the English which is used in real life and daily work. Therefore, we facilitate these activities and hope that students can master some English expressions that are used in our daily lives.” ELTA Cindy Lei noted that students have learned a lot of vocabulary, but they cannot always apply them when needed. The English Festival activities gave students engaging and fun opportunities to practice their English language skills in context.

Source: UM Reporters (English translated by FAH-ELC ETAs)


“天亮了,大家可以睜開眼睛。很不幸,狼人在月黑風高的晚上作惡,再多一位無辜的村民被殺害了,而女巫卻袖手旁觀……"《狼人殺》是今年澳大秋季英語節活動之一,有別於正規英語課堂。扮演村民角色的學生們,巧妙運用英語和表情捕捉狼人,他們從遊戲互動中,不知不覺掌握了許多英語日常詞彙和表達。
今季英語節加進了許多貼近年輕人、時下流行玩意的元素,如咖啡拉花、T-shirt塗鴉、壽司料理、日式手作福袋等等,務求引起學生興趣,激發他們活學活用,敢於用英語表達自己。就讀人文學院的Sherry參與手作福袋活動,完全是基於她對手工藝術的興趣,她從來沒想過這樣也會學到英語。在製作過程中,每一個步驟均以英語作溝通,導師與學員一問一答,說說笑笑。許多日常經常出現卻不以為然、與縫紉有關的英語詞彙,透過不斷重覆和使用,Sherry就這樣記住了這些生詞,如熨斗、穿針引線等。

另一位參與福袋製作、就讀社會科學學院的Allen則有不同的想法。作為男生,他的參與純粹出於他對“英語互動"的活動感興趣,而活動內容本身對他而言,更多是一種新的嘗試和體驗。Allen說:“這樣的課堂輕鬆有趣,不但學到平日較少接觸的家政技巧,也從互動中學到新的英語知識。"

每位英語節導師把個人愛好和學生興趣有機結合,安排了多項別開生面、富趣味性的活動。其中一位導師、英語教學助理張藝如談活動初衷時提到,“學生通常注重學術英語,而往往忽略了現實生活和工作的英語,因此希望通過活動,讓學生掌握到一些日常的英語表達。"另一位英語教學助理李倩儀補充道,大家平日接觸到很多單詞,但不代表書到用時就能輸出,例如與拉花杯、奶泡、巧克力糖漿等,但這些在外國生活買咖啡時就不得不懂的。

來源: 校園實習記者