English Language Fellow Nicholas Huzieff was invited to a local high school in Balti, Moldova where he utilized three student-centered activities from Activate: Games for Learning American English to help 22 Moldovan high school students practice using their English skills in a fun and interactive way. Among the students were four high school English teachers who observed and played alongside the students.
Once EL Fellow Nicholas demonstrated how to play each game individually, the group immediately played following each demonstration. The activities “Guess What?”, “Game Squares” and “Picture This” were shown to the group. Afterward, one package containing other activities was donated to the high school’s English language department.
Nicholas wanted to go to a local high school to demonstrate to students and English language teachers how fun English can be by using interactive student-centered activities as a medium for enjoyable and effective practice. The value in this activity was clearly felt at the end of the workshop given all of the positive feedback he received from students and instructors alike. All four of the English language teachers exclaimed that they would certainly include these games in order to provide a sense of balance to the required curriculum