Small talk

Oct. 3, 2019 | There are always engaging conversations to be had in Ms. Laramée's English as a Second Language class!

This afternoon, Form IV students in the ESL classroom continued their study of Lois Lowry's The Giver. Over the course of the semester, students have been working their way through the young adult dystopian novel together while taking many opportunities to discuss the themes addressed in the book. Today, the group split into three small groups to work on their oral English skills. One discussed dreams just as the novel's characters did, another explored the book's "telling of feelings," and a third examined the fictional birth planning program as compared to China's former one-child policy. "I like breaking the students into small groups in these casual settings since it allows them to get engaged in conversation," said Ms. Laramée about her classroom's informal layout. "Mixing students from different cultures also forces them to use English as their common spoken language and adds many perspectives to their discussions." The class will continue working through The Giver during the fall term with many more activities planned to bring the book to life. "I hope to design an escape room related to the book as an end-of-semester activity," she added after class.

We can't wait to see what our ESL teachers come up with next!

Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.