English Class with big boys “Idioms” @ Remand Home

Activity Report

Location: Remand Home
Activity Date: 19.04.2024
Start Time: 10:00 AM   End Time: 12:00 PM

Facilitators: Ruth & Jule
Number of Participants: 15
Male: 15   Female: 0

Activity Purpose/ Summary:
Today’s topic of discussion was Idioms, which are used figuratively in a sentence to convey a new meaning. The purpose of the class was to educate students on the use of vocabulary to enhance their English speaking skills. Another objective was to ensure that by the end of the class, the students are able to understand the meaning of an idiom in a sentence and also be able to form a sentence using an idiom.

Personnel Input:
Spell check:
The facilitator introduced the topic of discussion, listing the three main questions that the class aimed to address:
1. What is an idiom?
2. Can you derive the meaning of an idiom in a sentence?
3. Can you form a sentence using an idiom?

Idioms are phrases which cannot be understood simply by looking at the meaning of the individual words in the phrase. We use idiomatic expressions all the time. For example, when someone says “It’s raining cats and dogs,” they mean it’s raining heavily. Cats and dogs are not actually falling from the sky.

Question 2:
The facilitator had a list of sentences written with different idiomatic expressions which she read out to the students purposefully to test the students’ knowledge in identifying idioms as well as understanding the meaning in a sentence.

Question 3:
The third session was about practicing acquired knowledge by forming their own sentences using idioms with the guidance of the facilitator. And surprisingly, most students performed great.

Students clearly improved their English grammar and were able to construct their own sentences using idioms by the end of the class. They participated actively throughout the session, making it easier for the facilitators to teach and guide.

Unanticipated Achievements:
– Students listened carefully and quietly throughout the session.
– It was surprising to see one of the remand staff also seated quietly and taking notes, which was a good gesture even to the students.

Supporting Partners:
Remand Home

April 19, 2024

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