After the success of the global connection class with Taiwanese students on the topic of Superstition, Phenikers continued to join another global connection lesson with 6 other schools on January 18, 2022. The theme of the lesson was ‘New Year customs around the world.’
As part of the International Integration month, global networking classes are an opportunity to provide Phenikers with many interesting and rewarding experiences. Not only improving students’ ability to communicate in English and building their confidence, the connection class also gives students the opportunity to learn about many different cultures all over the world and improve 21st century’s citizens’ necessary skills.
‘New Year customs around the world’ welcomed the participation of 7 schools from around the world, including: Phenikaa High School (Vietnam), Hoang Van Thu High School (Yen Bai) , An Thinh Secondary School (Van Yen, Yen Bai, Vietnam), Nguyen Quang Bich Primary and Secondary School (Tan An, Nghia Lo, Yen Bai, Vietnam), Mau A Town Secondary School (Van Yen, Yen Bai, Vietnam) ), Zakiganj Government High School (Bangladesh), Govt.Double Section Girls High School (Pakistan).
At the beginning of the lesson, the members from the bridge points participated in a warm-up game of “Wheel of fortune” by answering interesting questions such as ‘How do we say hello in French?, ‘Different ways to say ‘Hello’ in English’ etc.
After an impressive warm-up with bright smiles, Phenikaa High School students brought up the Tet vibes through a video about Tet characteristics in different regions in Vietnam. The video highlighted the images of white plum flowers of the Northwest mountains, the peach blossoms blooming in the green mountainous plateau, the crisp smiles of children, the warm fire of love in the kitchen of each house, etc.
After that, Phenikaa students demonstrated their ability to communicate in English as well as their interest in culture and history through presentations and introductions. Chau Anh and Chu Huyen Anh from class 6A1 presented on ‘Activities that Vietnamese people usually do on New Year’s Day. This talk was followed by a presentation by Nguyen Nang Chat 6A1 on Vietnamese taboos during the traditional Tet holiday. He shared about Vietnamese unique customs such as avoiding saying bad or unlucky words, not sweeping the floor, not wearing black or white, etc. Next, 7A1 Phenikaa students gave a talk about New Year’s traditions in other countries around the world. Another highlight of the lesson was the presentation by Mr. Oscar, a Phenikaa teacher of English. He helped the participants to know more about New year traditions in the US. Being born in the US while his parents are Mexican, Oscar said there is an interesting mixture of American and Mexican ways of welcoming the new year in his family.
Throughout the lesson, the atmosphere was always warm, cosy and friendly. Participants from all schools took part in quizzes, asked and answered questions about new year traditions where they live.
The lesson brought many benefits and values to students at different bridges, students in disadvantaged regions in particular.
In the 4.0 era, when integration is an inevitable trend and the distance is shortened, globally connected lessons will always be a great opportunity for students to challenge, experience and cultivate new values. Let’s look forward to upcoming global lessons and projects in the near future of Phenikers in High School.
-by Student Council-