Sunday, June 16, 2013

I - Me, You -You, He - Him, She - Her, It - It, We - Us, They - Them - Voluntourist Post

We went back to grammar with the 11 to 13 year olds and focused on subject and object personal pronouns. Erin was leading this class and we were given a table each to assist. The structure of this session was a good mix of individual and group work and mainly centred on filling in the blanks of each sentence with the correct personal pronoun. I like Erin’s approach of speaking in Portuguese and English intermittently because it held the student’s attention and seemed to help with their understanding because by the end when they were solving a class problem on the board most of them were shouting out the correct answers. On our tables we helped the students with their work by miming out the written conversation and encouraging them to read it aloud in order to help them fill in the gaps. We both really enjoyed the opportunity to work with a small group of students as it allowed us to really engage with them and offered a different type of interaction from facilitating. When we have worked with this group as facilitators the language barrier is more obvious than when working in a smaller group, on this level it seems easier for them to speak in English as there are less distractions and you can really see how Erin’s commitment is working small wonders. 

Sophie Wakeford
Masters Student from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London
2bros Voluntourist

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