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Stories: Int'l Skype Rehearsal

2013/12/10

Here is a report about a successful Skype call between classes in different countries:

My Japanese students hoped to rehearse their English Quiz performance in front of a live audience, so we asked for the help of a 2nd grade New Zealand class to watch our rehearsal. This was part of a progression for the JPN students about asking questions (themed "Are you a Risk-Taker?") to English-speakers in the real world. First was an online survey which was hosted on a free polling website. 33 people answered our poll, and the students were excited about the results. But in order to give live feedback we arranged the conversation with our NZ friends. The call was roughly 24 minutes in length. At first we greeted each other, introduced our names and ages, and talked briefly about our schools. The NZ students were interested to see that the JPN students did not wear school uniforms, and the NZ students showed us their school uniforms. We asked if they would watch our English Quiz rehearsal, and they agreed. So the JPN students left the room, and then entered as if they were entering a stage. They performed their script: "Let's start the English Quiz!", "Who is a risk-taker?", "Please answer our questions...", "With your hands UP!". The JPN students then began to ask their questions; "Did you ever buy a pet?" The NZ students rose their hands, and we took a little time to hear some details about everyone's pets. From the next question: "Did you ever meet Santa Claus?" The NZ students were adamant that Santa Claus was real, and one NZ girl even offered her testimony about having seen Santa Claus in the middle of the night! Any doubts about the existence of Santa Claus for the JPN students then vanished in the light of such proof! "Did you ever score a goal in soccer?" caused the NZ boys to raise their hands like a shot of lightning! The NZ students were interested to see that the JPN girls had also raised their hands to that question, because no NZ girl's had raised their hands. They were also surprised to hear the JPN students had all seen a ghost before! The JPN students retold their story about when they heard ghostly music and a saw a figure with a shining forehead at an abandoned school during summer camp. Next, when asked about hair, the children compared lengths, and styles. One NZ girl had her hair in a beautiful and complicated braid, and one of the JPN girls showed off her bangs. A NZ boy even had a mohawk, and in fact was not a boy, but a girl! The final question was "Did you ever use a gun?", which needed confirmation that we were not talking about a toy guns, but real ones. To the JPN students' surprise two NZ children had used guns before! They explained that their families go hunting for bears and ducks. Finally it was time to say goodbye, and we thanked each other, and the NZ class told us about their blog and online presence, and the call ended. Immediately after, the JPN students looked at me and said "One more time!", as if to play another round in a game! I explained that we had said goodbye, and the other class would be busy now. So they requested I call someone else... anyone else! I guess I'll have to arrange another call soon. I was very pleased with how the children treated each other, and that they really could understand each other (although their accents were very different), the entire conversation was exciting, and there was no Japanese necessary.

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