(CPV) - From July 24-26, British Council hosted a 3-day event for its students from primary and secondary at the new branch in Brendon School, Trung Hoa Nhan Chinh urban are, Hanoi to discover the Olympics cities: Beijing, Paris, London, Tokyo, Seoul, and Athens.
Since the start of the summer, students have been familiarized with themed lessons focusing on the Olympic cities where students had the opportunities to learn about the meanings behind Olympic cities’ logos, interesting facts about the hosting cities, diversity, sports fashions, athletes as well as the Paralympics.
Guessing 30 out of the 36 Summer Olympic sports from silhouetted poses as quick as possible was the aim of a game called “Beijing shadow puppets”. In this game, students were divided into teams, pick sports cards and mime the sports that they pick for the other team to guess. All groups passing through this station were evidently excited about the game.
This was where they got the chance to watch their friends acting as sportsmen, learn about different sports played in the Olympics and at the same time try to score as many points as possible to win the overall game. In “London tube challenge”, students had the opportunity to explore the underground rail network in this year’s hosting city and re-create the tube map themselves as quickly as possible while with “Eiffel’s eye-full”, they tried to build the tallest free-standing replicas possible of the Eiffel Tower from scrap materials. Each game not only provides the chance for students to have fun while learning about the Olympic history and values but also the excitement when it comes to competing among teams which requires cooperation and teamwork.
Photo: Hai Dang
In line with this, British Council has developed English 2012, a range of English Language materials to satisfy the huge global interests in the English Language inspired by the Olympic and Paralympics Games. Throughout the year, British Council has also launched many Olympics-themed competitions such as the 5-a-side Football Tournament earlier this month for all students or the Summer Olympic T-shirt designing competition summarizing all lessons learnt about the Olympic cities during this year’s summer school.
Mr. Neil Roberts, Hanoi Teaching Centre Assistant Manager shared: “They have been challenged to think and play, using English to review what they have learnt throughout the term. They have been learning a great deal about these famous cities, such as London, Paris and Tokyo, and in the process have been improving their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in a natural context. They have also been learning about the rich cultural diversity that can be found in these cities”.
The final event at British Council’s newly opened branch at Brendon primary school is also a good opportunity for parents to visit our new facilities as well as seeing the works completed by their children during the term./.