Wednesday, December 21, 2016

My daughter won first prize

I was over the moon when my wife texted me this afternoon, saying "Your daughter just won first prize.". I was like ten times happier than I myself won the championship. I'm really, really proud of her.

For this English Story Telling Contest of Jian Gong, we've worked so hard on the three assigned stories, The Farmer Girl, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Polite Mouse and the Mean Lion. With the help of the online English teacher, Albert, my daughter got to polish her pronunciation and intonation, and I mainly focused on how to bring the characters alive with vocal expression.

The screen capture software also helped a lot. With only ONE laptop, I can record her rehearsal and watch it later again and again together so that we would know how to improve. My daughter and I also enjoyed acting out the emotions of the characters by imagining we were actually like someone in a movie that we watched before, like Sharpay in High School Musical.

I've been wanting my daughters to be able to enjoy learning English as I do. With contests like this or Readers' Theater competitions, my daughter picked up a lot of knowledge and skills along the way during preparation. With this video of rehearsal bloopers,  we'll both share this indelible memory for a very long time.

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