Extracurricular Activity

The extracurricular activities are English-based activities, which are supporting the main English curricula in shaping the learners’ language and honing their skills. The objectives of these activities vary, they can be conversational, word, grammatical, or job-skill related. They can be performed indoors or outdoors depending on the main goal of the activity. For instance, one of the outdoor activities was Tour Guiding, which took place in one of the neighborhoods of the old city of Aleppo. During this, the learners played the role of a tour guide, where they learned how to develop their searching skills by using trusted resources. Also, familiarize themselves with the language of guiding which differs based on the tone and the intonation that they had to use to attract the tourists.This was the most enjoyable activity for Yeranouhi Balkevorkian, (one of the learners who completed B1 level) because it helped her learn many new vocabularies that are related to history and historical sites, she also added: “I give this activity a 10/10 rate. it helped me to learn how to do research, get information from trusted resources, take notes, and deliver the information to others.”These out-of-the-classroom activities are fun, mostly incorporated by technology, and are being developed to simulate job-life experiences. This was the reason Paula Ghulam (Completed B1 level), considered them beneficial, using her own words “These activities were the stepping stone to improve our comprehension skills” She described further: “They have helped us to use more synonyms that enriched our vocabulary bank, especially most of them contained job-related words.”Learning can be fun. This is the idea Rola Nder (completed A2 level) was fond of, as she explains: “We felt excited, we improved our abilities to think quickly, memorized the spelling of words and their meanings. We learned new things and knew different topics.” Alongside the direct objectives of these activities, such as reviewing previously learned information, practicing pronunciation, and learning new information, these English-conducted activities have indirect objectives. On one hand, the learners are now speaking more fluently and spontaneously, and they are more familiar with the methods of observation and documentation. On the other hand, they improved their decision-making, analysis, and interviewing skills, also working in teams developed their sportsmanship.

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