English Language Partners’ Whangarēi “Getting Started” class heads out of the classroom and into the community to put their new English skills to the test:
To round off Term 3, ELPNZ teacher Janet Arthur took her student groups on two separate outings to local tourist spots around Whangarei. The small group of learners have worked together all year and have developed their English to the level that they were able to follow a guided tour provided by the museum. At Clapham’s Clocks (The National Clock Museum), the eight strong group spent most of their morning viewing the clocks and examined some of the 2100 (time)-piece collection.
Later that same week the group went to the Quarry Gardens. They have been studying vocabulary to describe the natural environment and ELG teacher Janet Arthur, thought they would enjoy being able to use it in exploring the plants and sculptures found within the garden. As well as being able to extend their discussion of plants found in the gardens, a new passion for creative photography emerged. Justin Kim’s development of the selfie produced some memorable shots and of course the session was rounded off in the award winning ‘Quail’ Café, with smiles all around.
The learners wrote about their experiences in the Clock Museum and the Gardens, demonstrating exceptional growth in their language ability. Congratulations to the Getting Started group, who will all be in a more advanced programme in Term 4.
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