On Wednesday, my counterpart and I hosted an adjective memorization contest at school. I had the idea for it at the end of last school year. I was tired of hearing students use the word “beautiful” to describe everything. “My friend is beautiful.” “The shirt is beautiful.” “The apple is beautiful.” All right. Time to learn some new adjectives.
I wrote a list of about 80 adjectives in English, and my counterpart wrote the corresponding words in Shqip (Albanian). We photocopied the list and passed it out to the students, telling them to memorize it over the summer. We told them we would host a content with prizes when they came back to school.
Between my counterpart and me, we came up with the following prizes:
(A stuffed dog and Venice puzzle that came in a care package from my parents; an American flag pencil from a pack I bought at Target; Hello Kitty candies I got in other care packages [I like Hello Kitty but don’t eat candy that isn’t chocolate]; and my counterpart brought in a book of Albanian poetry; a stuff bear; and a notebook.)
Seven students participated, and two girls actually memorized the entire list! Wow. 🙂
To put this into context, my second village school only averages about eight students per grade. So, a 7-student turnout is pretty good!