Saturday, May 14, 2016

May. 14, 2016
Rudi Kiefer

The game works! Two optional Saturday “Learning English” sessions. Once again, it’s attracting half a dozen students from outside our program. We play the “Hot Seat” game:

Divide the group into two teams. Two students sit with their backs to the projection screen. For each team, 1 word is displayed on the screen. The teams take turns giving verbal clues, in English, to their players in the hot seat. No gestures allowed, and the word must not be spoken in any language. The Hot Seat players take turns making  guesses.

The team that scores five correct guesses first wins the game. Simple terms to be used (the students find it challenging to make up clues in English): iPhone; tree; box; table; bicycle; book; wall; soup; garden; train station; bus stop; …

The students are royally entertained for over an hour, and really get into the excitement of it. I should have some prizes to give out if we do this again.

Resolutions for future instructional activity of this kind: 

(1) bring video clips showing nursing situations (Youtube is not accessible here, and other video sources also seem to be nonfunctional; use the clips to teach the medical vocabulary that applies to the action shown;

(2) for conversational English, use group games, have some simple prizes to generate extra enthusiasm.

Having my entire Brenau picture archive with me helps a lot too, I’m showing lots of images of campus life, athletics, student groups, sororities, classes, and so forth. This group is predictably excited about the many international students and activities I’ve been showing.

It’s a lengthy walk to the JoyMart to stock up with more Nescafe, but one sees the most interesting vehicles.

The “streets” near the campus are really pretty fast 6-lane highways, so one has to admire the strong nerves displayed by the slower drivers and walkers.

Quite incongruous: hand-drawn trailer, on a road where there are huge trucks and buses roaring past, horns blaring.

Quite incongruous:  hand-drawn trailer, on a road where there are huge trucks and buses roaring past, horns blaring.

Whatever this is -- he gets to where he’s going.

Whatever this is – he gets to where he’s going.

My tree-lined route to the JoyMart. I could swear those high-rises in the background were less than half that height last week. All construction work seems to be pedal-to-the-metal around here.

My tree-lined route to the JoyMart.

I could swear those high-rises in the background were less than half that height last week. All construction work seems to be pedal-to-the-metal around here.

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