September 26, 2015 First Teen Career Session, UNCG
Entering the third week of the Real World English program, I travelled to UNCG and participated in the first Teen Career Session. During this program, children of the adult students spend a day with a job representative and discuss what it is like engaging in a certain job and doing career development activities. The program is a way to expose the young generation to limitless possibilities they may want to pursue in the future and better prepare them. Today, Greensboro firefighter, Damien Salgado, came to discuss with the children about the importance of fire safety and the life of a firefighter. As a fun and interacting activity, Salgado had two participants dress up in a firefighter helmet, heavy coat and goggles. Meanwhile, the rest of the group moved the chairs and tables into a maze. The purpose of the activity was for the two “firefighters” to crawl on the floor with the lights turned off and pretend they were scaling through a real fire, guiding each other and trying to rescue the victim. Another participant played the role of the victim and yelled for help at the end of the maze. Once the firefighters found the victim, all three had to scale back to the beginning of the maze. Once the simulation was completed, another group of three took turns while the rest of the children rearranged the maze.
As for the adult students, they have been working to learn the English language. Today, they focused on sounds and pronunciations. One of the many challenges one faces in learning another language is pronunciation, since a different language consists on different sounds and combinations. In the English language, there are only 26 letters, along with the short and long vowels and how each letter functions to make up a word. As for the Spanish alphabet, it consists of 29 letters and the sounds of each letter are slightly more different than the English version. There is also the concept of accents and the rolling of the “r”. Let us not forget, that each student is from different parts of the world, so the Spanish language is not all the same in every region. For example, the word “banana” can be translated as “el plátano” in Mexico, “el guineo” in Puerto Rico and “el cambur” in Venezuela.
In the last hour of classes, we gathered for PACT, where the parents and their kids read a poem of family and flowers. As an activity, we had the families use water colored paints to create vivid illustration for the poem. It was a way to demonstrate how they understood the prompt in a fun and colorful description. It showed us what the poem meant to them as they read it and showed off their creativity. Overall, it was a perfect end to another day for REEL.