Students learning English as another language ended the first session of Summer Term @Ross with a variety of performances.
High intermediate level students staged several scenes from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As group, the class designed and recreated the magical forest setting for their show. They also crafted costumes from clothing and accessories purchased at a local thrift store. “We were fortunate to have some real actors and actresses in our midst,” said Jennifer Lloyd, director of Summer Term. “The students transported us into the land of fairies, kings, and queens.”
Intermediate level students had been studying various versions of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. In their performance on Thursday, students read their own tales, drafted in the style of the great English author, who lived in the 14th century. “The students demonstrated an authentic understanding of narratives and how to tell a story in English,” Lloyd commented.
The low intermediate students also staged a play titled Pandora’s Box. During early classes, students created their own Pandora's boxes, capturing what they believed were the evils in the world. At the end of the session, the class designed costumes and a set in preparation for staging a presentation of the classic Greek myth. “It was a masterful performance and great fun to see the students enjoying themselves,” Lloyd said.
And finally, beginner ESOL students showed their understanding of the Ross School’s campus and Core Values by constructing a 3D model of the school campus. As each student described a Core Value, he or she also associated that value with a place on campus. “These students will become our ambassadors for their new classmates who arrive in September,” Lloyd said.
Following the end-of-session presentations, there were tearful goodbyes among the students as some of them embarked on their journey home. Some students even signed up for an additional session, not quite ready to leave Ross. Those who remain, however, are anticipating this weekend’s activities and the arrival of new students as they begin the second session, which will bring another three weeks of English learning and fun.