Saturday, December 29, 2007

A Really Great Day!

Well, it feels like it happened ages ago, when it was really just on December 14th. Now that I'm done work, everything feels to be moving in slow motion and hyperspeed all at the same time, especially since it's been the Christmas season. But I wanted to blog about it, in a sense to commemorate the end of a very memorable semester at Mohawk.

So here we go! Please enjoy some pictures and commentary on the Mohawk College ESL program graduation.

There are two groups that graduate and receive certificates at the ceremony: College Entrance English 3 and LINC 6 (my class!) These two classes are equivalent in level. The only difference is that LINC is a government-sponsored program for immigrants. However, all students are invited to come and participate in the ceremony. As a result, it was one of the most diverse and interesting ceremonies I've attended. We had classes sing Christmas carols, an international fashion show, a Latin dance demonstration, speeches, a flute/piano duet, and even a teacher's skit.

Here are our lovely and talented MCs: Holly, from China, and Duki, from Slovenia. They did a really fantastic, professional job.

My favourite part of the ceremony was the fashion show. Students were encouraged to come to the stage wearing traditional outfits from their host countries. They came in groups by country and explained the function/purpose of their outfits. This was a beautiful, spectacular part of the ceremony, with groups from China, Korea, Germany, Serbia, Sudan, Chad, Colombia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc! At the end, all the students formed a line on stage, grasped hands, and took a deep bow. Again, I was so impressed by the multiculturalism of Canada. Truly beautiful.

Due to students' privacy, I can't show many pictures. But here's just a taste. This group is from Korea.

And this group is from Colombia. Daniel, on the left, is wearing, as he put it, "traditional coffee farmer's clothing." No kidding... I thought I was looking at Juan Valdez himself!

And kudos to MaryAnne, the LINC 7 instructor who came dressed as a Canadian. I love it! We all had a good laugh as she explained that she had just witnessed her neighbour leave for work that morning dressed in a similar fashion.

After the ceremony, we all went to the Mandarin for lunch.

And then, as suddenly as the semester had started, it was all done. We hugged, promised to stay in touch, and I drove back to sleepy St. Catharines.

The last few weeks have been very different for me. First, the Christmas rush, and now lots of reading and puzzle-solving as we await the arrival of Peanut. But we'll save that for another post.

Thanks for a great semester, everyone!

1 comment:

Rose said...

Kathy, it's really sooo fantastic that you finally found your real love for ESL. Congratulations on a fabulous are amazing!