It’s never too late to pick up a new language. Even English!
This was the case for our seniors at Filos’ Active Ageing Centre. Our senior beneficiaries, many of whom are Mandarin or dialect-speaking, have been enthusiastically attending a series of Conversational English workshops conducted by student volunteers from Dunman High School.
Each session was filled with excitement and laughter as our seniors engaged with their younger “teachers”, learning how to pronounce various words and having conversations in English that would help them in their day-to-day living.
The seniors were taught common English words and terms which included phrases such as “Where is the…” and “Bring me there please…”, as well as the English names of items like fruits and vegetables.
The second half of the series even included virtual outings to different locations in Singapore such as Jurong Bird Park and S.E.A Aquarium! Our seniors were introduced to these iconic locations and different exhibitions available such as the Open Ocean Habitat at S.E.A Aquarium and the Penguin Cove at Jurong Bird Park, and taught new English words along the way. It has definitely been a fun-filled several weeks for both our seniors and student volunteers as they learned from one another.
If you are interested in teaching our seniors a new skill, feel free to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to explore further!