On Thursday 2nd December, Joy International School held its first annual English Day. This was a moment to celebrate the achievements the students in the middle and high school have made in their studies, and a chance to share what they have learned from their study of English, both in English literature and in English language. The school’s English day took place on Thursday December 2nd, with two sections: first, the senior students presenting in groups on a text they have studied this semester; and then the middle school had a series of word-related games and activities.
The high school classes delivered their presentations on the 6th floor assembly room, with presentations on the novel Lord Of The Flies, and the plays Macbeth and Pygmalion. Students in each class had been divided into a number of groups to then deliver a presentation to the rest of the school on one aspect of a text, such as characters, setting, theme or plot. For a week beforehand, the students prepared the text of their presentations and then created PowerPoints to enable them to present their main points. It was particularly pleasing that the students were able to speak in the large space of the 6th floor and by using microphones. The students really demonstratedsome of the key characteristic we seek to develop at Joy International School: namely, the ability to engage with the texts and to present their ideas and feelings; the ability to organize themselves and to present their work in a mature fashion. Great work, everybody!
The middle school event was at 4-5.15pm, with students split into five teams. The activities comprised three different word games: a Spelling Bee, a pronunciation game (as adjudicated by Chris, Sheryl, and Hongmei), and a game (taken from a British gameshow called Countdown) where teams select eight vowels and consonants and have one minute to make the longest word possible. The point of these activities was to do what we specialize in at Joy International School: to enable students to demonstrate their ability with English vocabulary and pronunciation in a fun and stimulating environment, and by using their natural competitiveness to encourage them to demonstrate their skills in a different way from the typical classroom environment.
These activities were fun and enjoyed in great spirit by the students, with merit points being awarded to the team which won the most games. Mike lead the games as though the students were taking part in a TV gameshow and made it all a fun learning experience for the students. Top marks, everyone!