Before the COVID-19, English lunch was an everyday affair at Wakoku. You might be wondering what English lunch is. It was started with the aim to encourage students to converse in English. And what better way to do it than to have it in a relaxing setting and over food (the Singaporean in me says, “Yeay!”). Armed with their lunch boxes, both the ALTs and students would gather in one of the seminar rooms to chat.
However, COVID-19 threw a wrench in this plan as students are now encouraged to not talk when they remove their mask during their meal. Seeing that there will not be any changes to this rule anytime soon, but we would still like to increase the students’ exposure to English, English lunch was revamped to be an English Cartoon session. And on September 27th, we had our first English Cartoon session.
To start this session off, students were shown Spongebob Squarepants in English with English subtitles. Since they would not be talking while they watch the cartoon, students were allowed to bring their lunch boxes and eat as they watch. Even though it was only opened to the Year 1 students, the turnout was better than expected. With this success, we have decided to hold a second session for the Year 2s and 3s on October 11th. Keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that the turnout will be as good as the Year 1s.