February 23, 2021 | Aiko Mauldin
The 5th grade students started learning about and being in communication with students in Osh, Kyrgyzstan! This exciting project started with an invitation from our Artist in Residence Ms. Litman. The students in Asia Cambridge Private School that are taking English classes wanted to learn more about the USA and the 5th grade class was ready to be the ambassadors!
Ms. Litman introducing the project.
Due to the time difference (they are 11 hours ahead of us!) it was impossible for us to have real-time communication, but we met them through pre-recorded videos. Ms. Litman and Mrs. Mauldin would meet the Kyrgyz students every Wednesday at 9:30 pm over Zoom, Mrs. Mauldin would pass on all the messages and challenges, as well as questions to our students in music class on Fridays.
Kyrgyz students led by their teacher, Ms. Mamasalieva, sing Ms. Litman and Ms. Mauldin “Free at Last” over Zoom.
So far the 5th grade students introduced themselves in English, and received a video from students in Osh greeting back in English. Then they learned how to say “Hello my name is…” in Kyrgyz and sent a video of greeting again. The 5th grade also taught the song “Free at Last”, an African American Spiritual, to the Kyrgyz students which they sang it back to us on the video! They have been learning to communicate using simple language, speaking slowly and clearly for the Kyrgyz students to understand, while keeping the communication interesting and unique.
Henry saying “Hello, my name is Henry” in Kyrgyz, which sounds like: Salaam, meh-neen atem Henry”.
Watching a video of a Kyygyz student telling us where she lives and how she loves it.
The 5th grade class is going to learn a song in Kyrgyz. Stay tuned on how that is going to turn out!