The following blog post was written by Kelty Christensen, Learner Engagement Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.
The Intercultural Centre recently hosted Diversity Games, an event specifically catered towards English language learners.
Diversity Games is an interactive event that exposes learners to various cultural activities. Teams of learners compete to complete various tasks. This year, learners attended stations that included learning how to use chopsticks, Bollywood dancing, speaking and writing several Russian words, Australian dot painting, and a Canadian senses challenge.
Diversity Games was facilitated by ICan Crew volunteers who took on the leadership role of engaging learners at the different stations. Volunteers received training prior to the event on ways of demonstrating, teaching, and engaging learners at their assigned stations. This was an empowering event for volunteers. The students became the teachers! They brought enthusiasm to their stations and were directly responsible for making sure that the ELL participants enjoyed themselves, had fun, and learned something new. At the completion of all of the stations, several volunteers led the whole group in Bollywood dance.
ICan Crew volunteers had the ELL learners laughing, dancing, and having a great time. Participants left calling out “Spasibo!” which is Russian for “Thank you!”