A Happy Halloween!
A primary goal this year has been the development of a skeletal plan for extracurricular, English-language activities for the students that can hopefully survive after I’ve gone home. The reality of teaching ESL is that 40 minutes a day isn’t nearly enough to bring the language to any sort of usable level—I wanted to provide a yearlong framework where students who wanted to, could participate in clubs, generate English creative work, and share in American holidays and traditions. It gives me some power, honestly, as the actual curriculum is rigid and defined on a national level by the Ministry of Education and Culture, but the things we do with the students outside the classroom give my counterparts and I leeway to be more creative with our activities and teaching styles. The library is a big part of this, but last week, so was our Halloween party.
My counterpart and I planned an entire day of special activities for costumed students: games, Halloween vocabulary contests, awards for the best costumes and decorations, and even the Charles Schulz classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. At night, we had a Halloween dance in the gymnasium with a mummy race (students race to wrap a teacher in toilet paper as fast as they can), bobbing for apples, and a whole lot of students just breakin’ it down. I’ve got some pictures of our celebration to share!