A day filled with cookies, chips and dumplings
We had our class in a different room today, but it was just as nice as the first one. While we were walking to it, we passed an area that had many tables on one side for table tennis and playground equipment on the other side.
The playground equipment they have here is much different than in the U.S. A lot of their equipment is used for things such as exercise and stretching than for playing.
In the afternoon we headed over to a kindergarten. The school was three stories! The teacher who was giving us a tour told us they teach children in groups from ages 0-3 and then 3-6.
They are not only taught basic skills, such as the alphabet and counting, but English as well. We visited a classroom where the kids were learning how to say different snacks in English, such as “cookies” or “chips.”
I was hoping we would get the chance to play with them and talk to them, but we only observed the class then returned back to campus.
Once we came back to campus, we went to a dining hall, where we learned to make dumplings. The cook showed us how to roll a little piece of dough to make it circular, then add the meat and seal it tightly inside.
It seemed easy enough, but once I tried to make some they didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped.
After dinner we headed to an awards ceremony, where many students received various awards for bilingual achievements. In between the awards, some students performed by singing or doing a skit.
Jake (MacLean), Sarah (Halter), and Dan (Copes) got together and played and sang the song “Taylor” by Jack Johnson. Alex was very surprised at the performance, because people here do not play guitar often.
— Katie Haughey, a junior psychology major