I’ve been looking forward to doing a Skype call with my classes again, but this time around, with the Grade 5 classes. In their first lesson for the second semester, they are learning how to start conversations on the phone. Perfect to tie in my video calling sessions.
This time around, I decided not to ask any guy friends (sorry, M) because I didn’t want to enter another session with the students being obsessed with questions like, “Are you Carmen’s boyfriend? Do you like Carmen? Do you love Carmen? Does Carmen love you?” So, with the help of A, C, and D, we introduced the Grade 5 students to Skype.
I had to remind the students to not just jump right into the questions but to practice what they have learned. Saying “Hello” and introducing themselves. Then they would proceed.
One of the main differences I felt with the Grade 5s were how much more eager and childish they still are. Not in an immature and silly way. But just more genuine in their participation and feelings about things. They’re more focused on talking to the person and less on their appearance on the camera and TV screen. I really adore my Grade 5 students.
The questions we got this time around were much like the ones we got from the Grade 6 students. With less emphasis on “favourites” (the Grade 6 students at the time had just previously been working on asking “favourite” questions. The questions involved:
– Do you have a boyfriend?
– Do you love your boyfriend?
– Do you think you are pretty?
– What is your job?
– How much do you like Carmen teacher?
– Do you know K-Pop?
– What’s your favourite (Korean) food?
At one point, we even got one student to dance a little Gangnam Style – the boy in the “MAN UTD” polo. I’d like to think that the students really enjoyed the Skype experience.
One group drew a little picture that they wanted C to decide whether it was cute or scary. They’re an interesting bunch.
With the two classes with D, it happened to be D’s birthday and so we got the two classes to sing Happy Birthday to her. Happy birthday, Dee!
I’m not sure if it’s because my students just didn’t listen or understand me in the very beginning of the year during my introduction. They must have. I was very entertaining as I introduced myself. But they seemed genuinely surprised when I mentioned that I was Chinese-Canadian (I was telling them that A was the same as me). And then I got the strangest question ever from a student — “Carmen teacher, why are you Chinese?”
… That’s a deep question, kid. We might need to check with my Hong Kong Chinese parents, maybe even ask my Grandmother. But I’m thinking it has to do with them being Chinese too.