Written by Lauraricka Brenda Benjamin
The Faculty of Religious Studies (FRS) students have the privileged to teach local schoolchildren English. Six of our students went to the local schools around Saraburi to reach the schoolchildren last Friday, August 24, 2018.
The aim for this outreach is to use English language as a tool to reach out and teach the schoolchildren while bonding with them. FRS student Roger Oconnor Valenzuela said, “We want to show that we care and would like to give them a tool for life by introducing the kids knowledge from the Bible with simple English words. From there, we will be able to get closer and then teach them about the Bible.”
Stalin Moses Penumaka shared, “We taught them how to greet and introduce themselves in English. Also, we taught them an English-action Christian song, like ‘Deep and Wide’. Lastly, we taught them how to pray.”
The task was not as easy as it may seem. The language barrier was a big hurdle, but Ardy Dusi took the smart move and utilized repetition, speaking with body language, as well as using illustration and pictures.
According to Noah Agustin, he taught the schoolchildren English with the help from their homeroom teacher to translate English to Thai so that they were able to understand his teaching.
The FRS outreach will be held every Friday afternoon, and students from other departments are encouraged to join the effort to reach out to the community in a meaningful way.