During the past four weeks the Wellington English Language Partners centre has been home to a summer course for learners. It has been a place where learners embrace their own and each other’s cultures, as well as bond over their shared experiences of living in Aotearoa.
To give a glimpse into some of the goings on in the classroom, learners have asked curious questions about each other’s countries, agreed and giggled about what has surprised them about Kiwi culture, learned about their classmates experiences in New Zealand and around the world, explored and expanded their knowledge of Kiwi customs and Kiwi English and learned little snippets of each other’s languages.
The learning this summer was not limited to the classroom. One sunny day learners strolled down to the I-Site where they discovered the must-see’s and do’s of Wellington and many got chatting with the friendly staff there and got some recommendations.
On another occasion learners ventured to Te Papa. They received some nuggets of knowledge from an excellent tour guide who showed them the similarities of Polynesian languages and how they were found to have connections to South East Asian languages. A learner Folo helped the group pick up some Samoan vocabulary and shared his own knowledge on traditional Samoan tatau (tattoos) while they explored the museum’s new and intriguing Samoan Tatau exhibition.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE GROUPS
- 2-4 hours per week
- Learn Kiwi English in a class
- Learn about New Zealand culture
- Go on day trips
- Meet other people in your community
- Qualified teachers
- Fees may apply. Ask at your centre.
- In all centres