Korean Christmas Conference Call

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration | Posted on December 2, 2014

This year we have been working with a school in Korea to learn about each other’s cultures. Click HERE to read more about it.

Yesterday was our last conference call for the year. It was our Korean Christmas Conference Call – try saying that 10 times!

Preparations started a few weeks ago with students in both classes writing cards and buying presents to send.

 

Some of the presents waiting to be packed for their trip to Korea

Some of the presents waiting to be packed for their trip to Korea

 

Some of our present waiting to be packed

All set and ready to send. Do you think we used enough packing tape?

 

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Presents from our friends in Korea

 

Unpacking our parcel from Korea

Unpacking our parcel from Korea

 

It was great fun opening our presents. We counted to three and all unwrapped our presents – even though we were in different countries! We took turns singing Christmas songs and then sang some songs together in English.

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Thank you to all our friends for teaching us about Korea throughout the year and for our wonderful presents this week.

 

What questions would you ask our friends in Korea?

 

What is your favourite Christmas song?

 

Chuseok

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration, Inquiry, Skype | Posted on September 11, 2014

If you haven’t heard of Chuseok before, you’re not the only one! Until this afternoon we hadn’t heard of it either.

Chuseok is a very big celebration in South Korea. We found out about it this week when we had a virtual conference with our South Korean friends. Each fortnight, as part of the Asia ConneXions project run by the University of New England and supported by the Australian Government, we speak with a class from Daebyun Primary School in Busan, South Korea. They are learning how to speak English and we are learning about their culture as well as a few key words. It gives us an opportunity to learn about another part of the world and also helps us to practice speaking with different audiences.

 

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The conferences last for about 40 minutes. Each class takes it in turns to present a PowerPoint presentation on a topic chosen by the teachers.  Our teachers email each other with the PowerPoints so each class can look at the slides whilst the other class talks about them. This week’s focus was on festivals and celebrations. You can see the presentation  Daebyun shared with us below.

 

 

We chose a few celebrations that happen in Australia to share with Daebyun. Below is the slideshow we spoke about.

 

 

At the end of the presentations there is a quiz. Some questions are ‘True or False’ questions. If we think the answer is true we put our hands on our head. If we think the answer is false we cross our arms.

 

The answer is...TRUE!

The answer is…TRUE!

 

In our previous conferences we have swapped general information about our countries,  foods and sports. We even got to try a popular traditional Korean food called ‘Kim Chi’ which is fermented cabbage.  Our friends in South Korea tried Tim Tams and Vegemite. We were warned, but it is safe to say that Kim Chi is a little hotter than we expected!
 

 

Which celebration is your favourite? Why?

 

What traditional foods have you tried from another country?

 

What country would you like to learn more about? Why?

 

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