We started and there were some really great presentations. The Russian students seem so thorough in their study of our language. It kind makes me feel bad because they are all so excited for us to be here and speak English, but many of them have a deeper understanding it than I think I do. I know that they just want to hear us speak with our accents and the little things that are harder to learn but come so easy to a native speaker. I am just so impressed with how much English they know and I admire them for that. I wish American students (people in general even) appreciated different cultures like they do. I think the key to understanding people is to understand their culture and a key to understanding culture can be language, because you can get a better understanding of the intimate details of culture when you speak the language. The time and effort put into learning a whole new language give a person the opportunity to learn more details about a different county.
I think all the presentations were great. I especially loved Jamie and Greesha's presentations. I didn't know that the Lumby Tribe was so unique and I love how Greesha used music to illustrate his point. I would love to learn more about the Lumbies. What I loved most about this whole experience was that it gave me a chance to see the products of research assignments. Students were given rough parameters and then they found a topic, did thorough research and then presented their findings. I think I will try to incorporate this into my class I think it is a really great way to involve critical thinking in an educational setting. It gives students an opportunity to do a bit of independent thinking and choose something that interests them.