August 25, 2015 3:15 PM
This year the English Language Development (ELD) teachers and I wanted to try something new and start the school year on a fun and exciting note. So we had the English Language Learner (ELL) students go on a scavenger hunt on August 17, 18, and 19 with the hope that this activity would help them feel more comfortable navigating around their new campus and help them get to know the people that they will be working with in the future.
The students were given the task of walking around in pairs to find an office and ask the staff member a simple question. For example, they had to shake hands and greet the President, find out what the Principal's hobby is, write down the last names of the Deans, and more. The high school students then went a step further and used the answers and pictures that they took to create a Google Document with their partner.
When asked their opinion about the scavenger hunt, students replied:
"The scavenger hunt was useful because we can later find the person easily when I need to ask a question."
"The scavenger hunt was good for me because I met a lot of the staff. When I first came to school, I didn't know a lot of the staff."
"The scavenger hunt was interesting because we could meet many people and talk a lot so we could practice our English."
Not only did the students have fun learning more about the school administrators; the staff who participated enjoyed meeting and interacting with the students. It was great seeing the students pushing themselves to use English outside of the classroom. The first step to becoming fluent in a foreign language is overcoming the fear of making mistakes and then immersing yourself in the language and culture. I look forward to watching the ELD students' progress in their English skills this year!