As part of the English Around the Corner activity, students can accumulate more stamps to redeem prizes by asking our NET teachers general questions. Many students were enthusiastic and eager to obtain more stamps so the response was very positive. It was also evident that students made good use of the language learnt from their general English lessons as they could ask our NET teachers such questions like: “What do you like to do in your spare time?” “How often do you exercise?” “What is your favourite juice?” “When do you wash your hands?” This activity allows our students to practise their speaking skills and encourage shy and quiet students to take more initiative to approach our NET teachers.
One of the ways that the English Around the Corner program tries to stimulate our students is by choosing interesting topics that might not appear in their textbooks, but are relevant to their every day lives. Our October theme, Cartoon Characters, turned out to be one of the most popular themes we have ever chosen. Whether reading comic books or watching cartoons on TV or YouTube, many of our students find a lot of enjoyment from these characters, and we enjoyed discussing their personalities, characteristics and abilities. Students volunteered to submit pictures and information of their favourite characters and also shared why they liked these characters. The theme was interesting, relevant and authentic in that each student was able to identify their favourites and remember specific episodes and storylines.