Salad English | Enjoy Learning | Enjoy Life
文 / 彭家晔老师
英文校稿 / Scott Hockley老师
Written by Gary | Proofread by Scott
“色拉英语”里的 D 指的是 Diarist（日记作者）这个角色，意在鼓励学生养成用英语记录生活的好习惯，正好在四年级的课本里也讲到 “I’m going to keep a diary in English. People will read it in the future when I’m famous”。现在不用等到famous 也能让别人读到自己的心情故事，那就是——用英语发朋友圈！
In “Salad English”, D refers to the role of the Diarist, which aims to encourage students to form a good habit of recording life in English. In actual fact, our Grade Four English book has a section called “I’m going to keep a diary in English. People will read it in the future when I’m famous”. Now others can read your story in your own words before you become famous!
Why do we learn English? In addition to communicating in English, it’s wonderful to express yourself. Why should you express yourself? By giving voice to our feelings, sharing happiness and sorrows, others can get to know us better! For the post-80s Generation, WeChat Moments may be the last private space in which they find themselves, but for the 2010s Generation, WeChat Moments is the first port of call to communicate with each other after learning. We encourage fourth grade students to share their Moments in English. In this way, they not only have another space for free expression beyond written assignments, but they can also feel the joy of being praised by people other than teachers. More importantly, they will understand that WeChat Moments should contain knowledgeable and meaningful content. Hitting the like button is a process of mutual learning and mutual inspiration. The grammar in the textbook is rational; the words are neutral; and happiness and heartaches are emotional. Through Moments, along with the sensibility of the heart, we have an overall expression combining fragmented language. At the same time, the rational structure of grammar offers training opportunities of “voluntary attention”.
Now let’s have a look at a few “Internet Word Celebrities” from Grade Four Moments! Their writing is not complicated and their grammar is not perfect, but reading between the lines, we can see their happy school life; their joy in collaboration; the pursuit of learning progress; the feelings of both friend and mentor; ingenious creativity; harmonious and interest in the parent-child relationship; small growing pains and ambition to become a novelist… their world is bright and colorful. Watching them record their mood in simple English words, we seem to be kids again.
Watching children happily share their Moments through an iPad every day after school, the parents’ attitude has changed from worrying to supporting.
Actually, learning life should be so in childhood. Every day, when the students leave school, they should not take just homework and notebooks, but treasure and express their unique feelings. If there is no desire to share, no interest to strive, no courage to dream and reflect, How do you employ the skills you learned from your assignments and exams?