Having students do presentations is not exactly a new idea so I can’t claim any credit for coming up with it. I suppose I decided to do them with Advanced A because, having taught you guys for a while, I’m aware of how diverse your interests are, and how many talented, intelligent people there are in the class. I thought it’d be great to take a step back and let the students teach each other for a while.
There are a couple of reasons presentations can be beneficial for students. For one, they’ll be talking about something they are an expert in, or passionate about, and so they’re far more interested and engaged with it. Speaking in front of a group of people can be scary of course, in fact I think it’s one of the most common phobias in the world, but it can help the students focus on accuracy and develop their confidence in the long run. Besides that, one of the best ways of learning something is to teach it, it is estimated we remember 90% of what we teach! Most of the students had to learn specific vocabulary and pronunciation to teach their topic, and that will definitely stay with them.
The presentations we had were fascinating and so diverse. The students taught us about origami, yoga, marketing, fashion, renewable energy sources and much more and I learned a lot about each individual student and I also learned a lot from them. For me, this means I can plan better lessons in the future, lessons that will hopefully be both engaging and challenging.
In any school the teachers have a selection of textbooks, grammar activities, songs etc to avail of but in fact the greatest resource is the students themselves. In any one class there is a huge wealth of expertise and knowledge to draw from and getting students to activate and utilize that knowledge can be the most rewarding experience of all.
Our mentor, Keith Thompson, explaining nature facts to Deborah and Henrique.
Here some images about students given their presentations…
Henrique Klutch teaching how to make Carbonara.
Marcela told us how to combine vines and cheeses.
MEET THE WINNERS OF THE EASTER PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
1st. Price: Daniela Bonani
2nd. Prize: Angela Girardi
TAKE A LOOK TO OUR FUN TRIP TO TRIM CASTLE.
Students from the morning class.
Students from the afternoon classes.
Morning doesn’t start without coffee first.
Say cheese. Going around Trim City.
Virginia with the Castle Knight.
Daniela striking the pose.
The exclusive tour.
Lain in the roof of the Castle.
HERE AT CITAS WE CONSIDER OURSELVES NOT JUST TO BE THE BEST ENGLISH SCHOOL IN DUBLIN BUT THE MOST CREATIVE.
Our students Fernando, Diego, Renata, Isabella and Eduardo all wrote some amazing poems and Limericks.
Fernando Santos receiving the prize after getting 160 likes in Facebook!
Here their work…
SAINT PATRICK’S DAY BY OUR TALENTED STUDENT NATHÁLIA CORRÊA
In this memorable day Nathália took the opportunity to have fun and also work a little bit with her passion, photography. We asked her to tell us what happen that day and her experience in Dublin.
My name is Nathália Corrêa, I’m 31 years old and I am from Brazil. I’ve been living in Ireland for more than a year now, and I’m a Citas student since last November. I was a full qualified doctor in Brazil, but I decided to move to Ireland to learn English and to try a different life – and now I can affirm that I’ve made the right choice. I always appreciated fashion and visual arts, and here in Ireland these feeling started to make a lot more sense to me. I really love the way of living here, and the way that people are free to express their selves. Also, Ireland has beautiful and so diverse landscapes, which made me take one more risk and start something completely new: photography. After realizing that, I bought a camera and started to look for some videos and free courses. And now I’m always trying to walk around the city, collecting casual moments and expressions.
Saint Patrick’s Day was a great opportunity to practice this, specially because I see this celebration as a thing for e from people. Is very interesting to notice people from all around the world wearing the same colour, celebrating together and being happy as a huge community. One fact took my attention, a group of Asian ladies asking for some Irish people to have a photograph with them, as they were super stars. I guess that’s because Ireland was such a special place to spend that particular day. A memorable day.