Hello from Argus | World Family Crew

Hello Everyone! My name is Argus, and I was born in the sunny city of Sydney Australia, the land of beaches, kangaroos and koalas. “G’day mate!” “No Worries!” “What a legend!’ Spend enough time in Australia and these are some of the common phrases you’ll hear!

A common question most people ask about Australians is whether we all know to surf. Although I am from Australia, I can’t surf as my parents preferred to send me to join a rugby team instead! I originally came to Hong Kong ten years ago – being Australian born Chinese, I’d been interested to understand more about the language and where my family was from.
I first joined World Family when I heard about an opportunity in Telephone English to sing and speak English to children. I was interested to find out what techniques were effective in helping children pick up a new language. In my time at TE, I’ve loved helping children find more vocabulary beyond ‘I’m fine, good, bad” that has helped them learn how to share their feelings.

I have especially enjoyed the Point and Play sessions as they are very interactive but also provide quality time for a parent and the child to bond together over hands-on activities. The Christmas & Halloween point and plays were some of my most memorable – especially when we gave each parent and child a Christmas tree board to decorate. It was great to see how each child had opportunities to share and be encouraged by their parents in English.

I get really encouraged when I see parents connecting with their son or daughter in such a fun and safe environment. As someone learning a second language now, I feel that the positive environment associated with a new language would help with the child’s enjoyment and future motivation to help with English fluency. My Chinese professor once told being a self-regulated learner isn’t about being more disciplined or grinding harder – it’s for the love for learning.

I hope that all the boys’ and girls’ part of the World Family Club can find this same love for learning English in their everyday life!

 

大家好,我叫Argus!我出生在澳洲的陽光城市 – 悉尼,一個哪裡都是海灘、袋鼠和樹熊的地方。「G’day mate!」、「 No Worries!」和「What a legend!」- 只要在澳洲居住一段時間,這些都會是你經常聽到的一些用語!

很多人都會問澳洲人一個問題:「我們是否都會衝浪?」雖然我來自澳洲,但我不會衝浪,因為我的父母更希望我加入欖球隊!十年前來到香港,作為在澳洲出生的華人,我很有興趣了解更多有關這個地方。

當聽說到「電話美語 (TE)」這份工作的機會,可以和小朋友唱歌和練習英語時,我便決定要加入寰宇家庭了。我很想找到哪些方法可以有效地幫助小朋友學習新的語言。在TE對話時,除了一般基本的詞彙如「I’m fine / good / bad」,我非常喜歡幫助孩子找到更多不同的詞彙,這有助他們學習如何分享自己的感受。

我特別喜歡Point and Play活動,因為活動內容互動性很強,還提供了寶貴的親子時光,透過實踐活動令父母和小朋友的關係更親密。Point and Play 的萬聖節和聖誕節主題的活動是我最難忘的時刻之一,特別是當我們給每個家庭一塊聖誕樹板進行裝飾的時侯。我很高興看到每個小朋友都有機會用英語分享和得到父母的鼓勵。

當我看到父母在如此有趣和安全的環境中與小朋友互動時,我會感到非常鼓舞。我同樣是正在學習第二語言的人,我覺得在正向氛圍下學習一種新語言是有助提升小朋友的投入和動力,幫助他們提高英語的流利程度。我的中文語言教授曾經告訴我,要成為一個自律的學者,不是要變得更有紀律或更加努力,而是保持對學習的喜愛。

我希望寰宇家庭俱樂部的所有小朋友都能在日常生活中喜愛上學習英語!



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