The workshop at Chengdu No. 37 High School was very successful. In general, there was quite a range in English language abilities and confidence speaking among the student participants. However, it is clear that students were very willing to learn and venture outside their comfort zones to think critically and express their thoughts to the audience in English.
Regardless of English ability, over the course of the day, all students seemed to gain confidence with the subject matter and expressing these ideas in English. After each small group discussion session, I made a point of calling on different students from each group to summarize their group’s discussion, thus giving every student an opportunity to participate. The presentations at the end were very impressive, especially because students only had little more than an hour to prepare after lunchtime.
At the very beginning of the day, none of the students knew what a “pitch” was and there were many business terms that they had never been exposed to before. However, by the end of the workshop, the students were applying these terms in their own pitch presentations. The final presentations were not perfectly polished, however they showed a true understanding of the business
models, target audience, and positioning of the companies being covered. The final presentations demonstrated true effort and understanding of the material on the part of the students, and they should all be proud of the final product. I truly enjoyed working with your school and students. I look forward to future collaboration!
I still remember the wonderful time we spend with Marjorie. The international course she offered woke me up to the importance of teamwork, meanwhile, I have found my potential creativity during the process of speech preparation. I appreciate Marjorie and her wonderful course.
Today is a very memorable day for me. I thought I was so fortunate that I can join in this speech. I used to be very shy to speak English to others. So today I challenged myself. Thank you very much!