This month a new tradition of ‘student of the month’ has been started at GV Perth. The award is presented to a particular student who shows excellence in effort, attitude, attendance, completion of homework and participation in GIL and activities. This month’s recipient is Louis from our Pre-Intermediate class. Well done Louis!
Louis Makes His Acceptance Speech
Signing the 'Student of the Month' Surfboard
Earlier this week we made delicious “Gỏi cuốn”, or summer rolls, from Vietnam. These healthy yet tasty snacks are increasingly popular in the neighbouring countries of Vietnam as well as Australia. Unlike the more common spring roll they are served fresh at room temperature rather than fried. Making them for our Monday activity was a great opportunity to practice English and learn about another culture. Eating them was fun aswell!
Check out the activities schedule for next month !!
The world is changing! When a business man in China talks to a business man in France, what language does he use?
Nowadays, businesses may ‘outsource’ to companies all over the world. For example, a film company in Australia may use a Polish company to do their graphics, an Indian company to do their sound editing and a company in Germany to do their location searches. They use English to ‘talk’ to each other and so English has become the ‘Lingua Franca’ or language of common use.
It is interesting, that even in countries such as Norway, Sweden and Denmark, where people traditionally could understand each other’s languages; now choose to communicate in English.
That is why students need to learn to understand English accents from all around the globe. Cambridge exams now use a variety of accents for the listening tests and are emphasising the importance of not relying on the traditional British accents.
So, having an ‘accent’ other than the traditional English one is no disadvantage to being an English teacher. Non native English speaking teachers who have had to learn learnt and English teachers who have learnt another language are usually wonderful English teachers. They understand the challenges of language learning. They tend to have a greater understanding of grammar structures than native English speakers and they tend to be more sympathetic to the frustrations of language learning.
So, if your teacher has a non traditional English accent, don’t think you are disadvantaged. It is not a hindrance to your English learning. The next time you are doing group work, remember that listening to the other students will help improve your global English skills and help yourself, by talking to as many different nationalities as you can around your school every day.
Director of Studies
The Aquarium of Western Australia is in a beautiful location right on the coast of Perth, on the skirt of Hillary’s Boat Harbour. A group of students visited the aquarium last saturday and got to see some of the beautiful creatures that live in the waters of the Indian Ocean. Some of them more lovable than others…
This week by popular demand GV Perth added a sushi workshop to the activities calendar. Led by previous GV student Makiko our students put together some delicious salmon sushi rolls. For those who were game enough extra wasabi was added in the rolls. Yum yum sushi!