by Donna Hutchinson
London based TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara
The Olympics, London 2012. It’s finally here! It’s been a long time coming but here they are and let’s hope they’re going to be an Olympics to remember (in a good way). In terms of London’s summer students, it’s probably an amazing time to be in our town; hectic and at times probably unbearable but without doubt, a unique time to be here in London. 2012.
I’m unsure whether some of my recent students are sick of all the Olympics-related lessons I’ve put together of late but it’s hard to ignore all that realia out there just waiting to be manipulated and utilised. In general though, I think many students have found it interesting and it has made them a little more excited for the games. Documentaries about Olympic superstars such as Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps did get them interested as well as learning about stories of Olympic glory and/or misery. It’s hard to deny that sport brings people together.
In light of this, last weekend, our school hosted a couple of sporting events; football and volleyball; and along came teams from other schools around London. Language schools in summer must take on that extra responsibility of summer social programmes and this was one of these events. Schools put together teams for either (or both) sports and a series of heats were played until one team was crowned victor. But, as we all know, it’s the taking part that counts and all participants were awarded a medal for their efforts… as were the teachers and social staff for theirs!
It was great to see students from all over the world teaming up for the honour of their school, but it was also even better to see students from different schools joining forces. Even I was called up to the line of duty when another school were a couple of players down for the volleyball! I can safely say that I was far from an asset to their team but I did get a few good serves in. Returning the ball was quite a different matter! In addition, it was cool to meet with the other teachers and social staff to share ideas, stories and details for future endeavours. One really shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to network, darling.
I’ll be the first one to admit that I have been grumpy about the many inconveniences that the Games have caused and will still cause for London. I’m not quite sure how I feel about having to hear Bo-Jo’s voice bellowing out in the stations and on buses, but it’s once in a lifetime so it would be a major loss not to take a home advantage. The possibilities from a language point of view are endless. Be inspired!
P.S. …Go on Team GB!!
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