This week we went to the pub. We were joined by some families and several former students.
Surely going to the pub is nothing to blog about… not so. Going to the pub allows both staff and students, especially those on various programmes to mingle and chat in a social setting. This kind of activity would be almost impossible, (and very uncomfortable/unnatural) in a classroom. This week we had three generations of students from one of our programmes, this was a special treat for us especially as so many of you have gone on to do so well. At least that’s what they tell us. 😉
Food, Fun and Friends! Photo Ivan Preston.
Most people also ate at the pub.
Social activities like this can help people to feel comfortable in a typically British social setting. All of which promotes and smooths integration. If and when you find yourself on courses, or in workplaces, where you are the only non-Native English Speaker, or one of a small minority, integration becomes key. Especially, if you happen not to like some of the people who have the same language background as you. 😉
A week ago students taking the module Introduction to the Arts in Britain through English visited Tate Britain in London.
They specifically visited paintings by John Constable and William Turner, the two major British landscape painters of the 19th century. This was in part to be able to experience first-hand paintings that we had looked at in reproduction in class, as well as other works by these artists.
ELTSU Lecturer Howard Giles discussing a painting with students. Photo: Lorely Ponce
Most of the students also managed to explore the whole Tate Britain collection, or at least most of that bit of it that was on display and hanging on the day. 😉
The Tate has over 500 years of British art on display. Photo: Lorely Ponce
It was a timely visit:
Firstly: Tate Britain has very recently re-opened after a £45 million refurbishment and chronological re-hang of its collection spanning 500 years’ of British art.
Students enjoyed seeing the work full size and not in reproduction. Photo: Lorely Ponce
Secondly: The weather was fine, although grey and overcast so not inspiring for art lovers, (at least it wasn’t raining) and the trip both to and from London went smoothly. This allowed us to walk along the river and do a little sight seeing on the way.
The Houses of Parliament with Big Ben Photo: Lorely Ponce
Crossing the Millennium Bridge with the London Eye in the background. Photo: Lorely Ponce