Led by Dr. Lau Yun Tung, college master of CKPC, CKPC Service Learning Team accomplished a second service learning visit to Gan Tuan Primary School in Guandong, Congjiang County, Guizhou from 2 to 9 June 2019. To ensure a fruitful outcome, CKPC students started lesson planning soon after Chinese New Year. They have prepared English, Music and Science lessons.
From the last teaching experience, the team saw a high demand in English learning. This time, they incorporated moral lessons with English activity. Starting from English alphabets, the team let the students pick an English name and teach them how to read and write on the first day. Each student had a different English name and it was a novel experience for them.
The principal and teachers were deeply appreciated by the interactive teaching method after witnessing the students’ enthusiastic emotions. The teachers there mainly used the traditional teaching method through textbooks and rarely used the touch screen or other high tech devices. They hope to have more opportunities for idea exchange in the future, including teacher training, for better teaching outcome for the students.
1. 英語課 English Lesson
幹團小學除了六年級有一星期一節英語課，其餘班都沒有英語課。去年義教時，我們發現小朋友都有興趣學英語。這次義教，我們給所有班增加了英語課，從ABC起教。特別是，我們把英語和紀律一起教，把品德模範培養融入英語活動教學。除了教英文字母，第一天中午，義教團安排所有學生，抽取一個英文名字，教他們讀和寫。小朋友每人有一個不同的英文名，都感到非常新鮮，很快就記住自己名字，對英語學習也沒有反感。五年級的學生，更給我們一個驚喜。第三天放學，他們全班一起說“See you tomorrow”。原來，這是他們自己學會講的。
Gan Tuan Primary School provides one English lesson per week for Sixth grade while there are no English classes for other grades. In the last year’s volunteer teaching, we discovered that the children are highly interested in learning English. In this volunteer teaching, we provided English lessons to all classes, started with teaching ABC. Notably, we incorporated the teaching of discipline with English, which have integrated moral nurturing with English activity teaching. Besides teaching English Alphabets, the service learning team let the students to draw an English name and teach them how to read and write tem on the first day. Each child has a different English name and they were very interested in it. Very soon, they remembered their own names. They were not reluctant to learn English. The fifth grade students even gave us a surprise. On the third day after school, they said “See you tomorrow” altogether. Surprisingly, they learned the sentence by themselves.
We taught cup song during the music lesson, which is using the sound of hitting the cup as the beat as a kind of popular music with rich texture. When learning the cup song, each student will have a cup. This has also solved the problem of sharing the same water cup within whole school. Moreover, in order to let the student have a thorough understanding of music, we introduced to them different musical instruments and the sounding principle.
Students tried different hands-on experiments including green bean sprouting, light refraction, and kaleidoscope. They liked these experiments very much. Due to the lack of teachers, their general studies lessons usually only cover textbooks with few hands-on opportunities.
In the afternoon of the last day, the service learning team held a party for the whole school as a finale. The Q&A included what the students have learned in the lessons. The prizes include the Greeting Cards, which were collected from visitors on the Open Day of the College in Macau. In the traditional letter writing activity, the “brothers” and “sisters” of the team received a total of 270 letters.The principal and teachers of Gan Tuan Primary School were deeply appreciated by the activity teaching method of the service learning team after witnessing the children’s enthusiastic learning attitude. The teachers of Gan Tuan Primary School were aged over 40. They mainly use the traditional method of teaching by the textbook and rarely use the big touch screen. They hope to have more opportunities for exchange and communication in the future, including teacher training, so that teachers can also learn new teaching methods. The service learning team hope that with new hardware and teaching environment, they can continue to bring new ideas to the children of Gan Tuan Primary School and to inspire their vision for future. At the same time, it allows the service learning team members to practice and grow continuously.