07 February, 2016

The Chinese Zodiac for teens

Today’s session of the American Teen Club (at Window on America center Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) started with the introductions of the “УкраїнаSpeaking” project. The aim is to draw attention of the young generation to the importance of the foreign language skills.
The official topic of the Teen Club was Chinese New Year. The group was offered to describe several images with the artifacts of Chinese culture: coins, utensils, etc.
The WOA staff member T. Gavryliuk presented the Chinese Zodiac to the group in English. It is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Traditionally these zodiac animals were used to date the years. In order, the 12 animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. The teenagers explored the provided table and shared the information about their birth year according to the Chinese Zodiac.
Besides, the group was told about the life of Chinese community in the USA. We have watched several videos about the history of celebration of the Chinese New Year in the USA, about the culture of the America-born Chinese teenagers.
The most anticipated activity was the word game “Apples to Apples”. The fans of the game Eric and Yegor presented the rules to the rest of the group. Marina as the only lady at the session was offered the role of the Judge. The boys introduced our UK guest Mr. Paul to this hilarious game of crazy comparisons. Both senior students and the medium school students enjoyed the “Apples to Apples” game.
Number of participants – 6 persons.
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