From May 22 to 23, the Poetry Day Slam of “IVY’s Got Talent" was held in the bilingual grades of Hefei IVY Experimental Academy. Under the guidance of English teachers, children have brought us a different kind of "English Academic Show".
The children in the lower grades sang children's songs such as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" in English, and their childish performances were full of childlike interest. It is believed that this is a small step for them to "sing 150 English songs" in the “Ten Skills of IVY Graduates”.
The students in the senior class recited long poems with loud and forceful voices, presenting them with great momentum or gentleness. They used poems to express their pursuit of dreams and their insights into life.
The Poetry Day Slam tested students'English academic level, encouraged children to speak bravely, integrated English learning into daily communication, and truly achieved the "Dual Mother Tongue + 1" that the school expects students to achieve.
Following the rhythm of the music, they recited rhythmic poems, such as the water of a clear spring, slowly flowing into the ears and hearts of all the teachers and parents.
In the tense but warmth competition, the evaluation team composed of foreign teachers gave the children one by one comments and scores. Scoring items included vocabulary accuracy, pronunciation, fluency and emotional characteristics. As a poetry recitation contest, it is naturally ranked; however, as a "talent show", ranking has become less important.
From the timidity at the beginning of the exercises, the children gradually changed into the confidence and courage on the stage; from the initial fear of mispronouncing a word to the fluent presentation of a complete poem with music; not only the learning of English, but also the progress of the children in all aspects can be seen.
One small step forward today is a big step forward in tomorrow's success. The children also express their heartfelt thanks to the teachers and parents who have been caring and nurturing themselves. Thank teachers for encouraging themselves to speak English aloud over and over again. Thank parents for their hard work and companionship. Thank everyone around us who works hard all the time for their own growth.
Lastly, Principal Yang expressed her praise for students’ communication ability. She encouraged students: ‘ English is the language that can be the pass for the global village. I believe you can keep learning English and using English in your daily life.’