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Electing a President and a Vice-President

Hui-Yu Yang from Taiwan


Photo: Sandy Peters

I thought it would be a good chance for us to learn more English because we would have to imitate both the dialog and gestures of the American presidential candidates we have recently seen on TV.

I am a person who would like to speak English well. If you go to a country where English is the first language, I believe you will learn more quickly, so I chose to come to the United States where I am taking ESL classes at a university to learn English.

We have a lot of activities to practice speaking English, and I was impressed by one activity which was called 'Electing a President and a Vice-President.'

When the teacher gave us the task, I thought it was a very good topic because everyone here is interested in this topic now. I thought it would be a good chance for us to learn more English because we would have to imitate both the dialog and gestures of the American presidential candidates we have recently seen on TV.

Meet each of the candidates and read their campaign promises and find out why their supporters decided to vote for them in this class election. Meet their support teams.


We divided into two groups; there were five students in each group. Each group selected candidates to run for president and vice-president. The other students in each group supported the candidates. All of us had to prepare speeches.


The president and vice-presidents had to give campaign speeches. The other students also had to convince people to vote for their candidates.

Speaking in front of the class and trying to persuade them to vote for our teams was an important thing we learned from this activity. We were learning to use future conditions. Here are some examples: If I am elected, I will fight for better education. If she is elected, she will give women more opportunities. Everyone prepared their work together. We helped each other. It made me happy. In addition to preparing our speeches, we made campaign posters, and practiced cheering for our candidates.

On the presentation day, we were excited and had good luck. We had a good teacher to help us relax, and the presentations went well. We shared the experience together, and the teacher took pictures of all of us. We had a lot of fun.


The opponents running for president


Election Day Slide Show

Watch a slide show of the students campaigning.


 


Students who participated in this classroom activity:

Edgar Arrieta from Venezuela | Silvia Marengo from Italy
Shi-Lin Cheng from Taiwan | Young Sook Park from Korea
Beatriz Diaz from Colombia | Chartchay Sangpetrat from Thailand
Pao-Chien Wang from Taiwan | Young-Koo Kim from Korea
Hui-Yu Yang from Taiwan | Premrudee Vachirapisudsopin from Thailand


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