Smarter English: September 2019
Scritto da Autori vari il 05 Dicembre 2019.
Come dimostrano i grafici con i dati raccolti dagli insegnati al termine dell’iniziativa, il gradimento è stato molto alto. Attendiamo dunque ancora un buon numero di studenti per il prossimo anno!
Alcune corsiste hanno lasciato il loro commento…… rigorosamente in “English” ...of course!
Students are divided into different groups, formed on the basis of placement tests results and they have 3 teachers in rotation during the week.
During this week, we had the opportunity to meet new students of our age and we had fun together while we were doing the activities.
I also had the opportunity to improve my listening and speaking skills, because I was required to do activities, which were completely different from the ones I usually did at school.
The teachers made all of us do group activities, where we had to improvise some situations, and they also explained us new vocabulary (for example about medicine, fashion, films, etc..).
I wasn’t scared of making mistakes, because I knew I wouldn’t have got bad marks If I did.
The teachers were really open-minded and they always made sure the students were understanding everything.
I found this project very useful and interesting and I recommend it to all the students, no matter how good their English is. I think that Smarter English is a great opportunity and all the students should take part in, because it can really help everybody to be more fluent in English.
Teresa Serafin, classe 3DU
During the week I studied grammar, past, future, first and the second conditional, but my group and I did lots of games on vocabulary, taboos, and a lot of conversation.
I think that my pronunciation has got better and I recommend this experience to all the students who wants to improve his/her English and also enjoy themselves!
Geromin Rachele, classe 2CL
I have to admit that at the beginning I didn’t want to take part in the course, but, after the first day, attending it wasn’t very bad for me, actually it was a really positive experience. I learned new words and I had the possibility to compare myself to other students that were very good and older than me. I’m grateful to Smarter English and to all the teachers for this motivating experience.
Silvia De Benedetti, classe 2CL
mother tongue teachers.
I was in the higher level.The level depended on the result of a test given us on line during summer and my teachers were: Jonathan from UK, Alba from UK and Ivana from Australia.
They were all young but well- prepared, their teaching method was very effective. We started by introducing ourselves , toget to know each other a little better and then they started testing our skills and knowledge with games. There were various types of games:some helped us to learn new words about various themes like: health, fashion, shops,countries, English and American words. All this was to practice
our English speaking activities and learn a lot of new things.
We played Cluedo, and we had to guess who was the murderer by looking for information and events and suspect.
We learned many English proverbs, my favorite is “every cloud has a silver lining.” We watched many documentaries and learn new things about three important countries: United Kingdom, United States of America and Australia, such as economy, traditions, sports, religion etc.
We did the other activities like describing an English comedy by expanding our vocabulary and writing a movie review.
It was a very constructive experience that allowed to me to expand my knowledge and improve my speaking . I would recommend this course to all those who love English and who like learning new things.
I’m so glad I had the opportunity to take part in this project.
We had three English mother tongue teachers. With them we did games about different topics, we played short theatre pieces and we discovered proverbs and new idioms, so I could learn new vocabulary.
My family was also a host family, and I could spend some more time with a teacher after the lessons: we went together by bus to school, we ate together in the evening, I practised my English, I improved thanks to this cultural exchange.
I invite all the students to have this experience.
You can also learn many new interesting things from the native teachers’ countries!
I think this course helps improve the confidence and the practice you need with the English idiom, because it engages you to do your best from the beginning and, after that, you’ll feel more comfortable with it. I helped a lot and I learned to appreciate the language more than I did before. “Smarter English” is a great experience for the students to do.
We had three mother tongue teachers: Jonathan from Birmingham, Ivana from Melbourne and Alba from Brighton, and we were divided into three groups of different levels.
During the lessons we talked a lot ad played lots of games… The funny thing is that we all had to get used to their accents, and they all were so different! I think Alba was the easiest to understand, because she talked slowly; then Ivana’ s accent was more like the American one, and in my opinion Jonathan’ s one was the most difficult, because he talked fast ,but in the end I really enjoyed listening to them talking and I learnt to notice the differences.
We played games everyday, for example “Kahoot”, an online quiz: there was a question on the board screen, and we had to click the answer on our phones (that were connected to the website). We also played games like “Guess the word” or role-plays. We also learnt something about other countries and their culture, and we worked with specific dictionaries.
It was great fun, because I learnt a lot of things and I feel a little moreconfident talking English. I thinkI will repeat the experience again next year, and I hope to meet the people from last year.
It was a very good experience. I would like to do it again!
I had a lot of fun, the teachers were friendly and now I’m better at English.
The Smarter English courses were a lot of fun and they really helped me to improve my knowledge of the language. The teachers were very nice and I really liked the roleplays we made because they were quick and good at improvising the dialogues
When the project started I was really bored and I felt anxious, but as the time passed I became happier and more relaxed.
The teachers were very nice and welcoming and my classmates were friendly.
I really recommend this course to other students!
I really liked the week of the Smarter English! It was a fantastic and unforgettable experience because the teachers were very good and funny. It wasn’t difficult and I learned a lot. Jasmine