By ??Mirtha Paulino, SJT

It is a pleasure to present our ???English Fair 2017???

As it is well known English is the native mother-tongue of only Britain, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a handful of Caribbean countries. But in 57 countries (including Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Philippines, Fiji, Vanuatu, etc.), English is either as its ???official language??? or a majority of its inhabitants speak it as a fi rst language. These are largely excolonial countries which have thoroughly integrated English into its chief institutions.

Today, English is the second or third most popular mother tongue in the world, with an estimated 350-400 million native speakers. But, crucially, it is also the common tongue for many non-English speakers the world over, and almost a quarter of the globe???s population Five core English-speaking countries have a common sociopolitical heritage: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. All of the above except the United Kingdom were former colonies of the UK.

The students of 1st, 2nd and 3rd of high school were in charge of presenting our English Fair in which they talked about different topics like history, culture, fl ora and fauna, gastronomy, and many other things.

Australia and New Zealand

In our English fair, Australia was represented by 9th grade A students. They highlighted the most important aspects of this magnificent country from which they could learn and present about its history, culture, flora and fauna, gastronomy, etc.

Ninth grade B students represented New Zealand did also an excellent job in their presentations. Students showed great knowledge and domain of different and important topics of the country.

All information and materials were carefully selected, prepared, and presented by the students in a creative way in which all the attendants could understand and appreciate the bio-diversity and cultural values of both countries, as well as their contributions to world literature.

United Kingdom

First Grade

Our first-grade students in high school had to work with the United Kingdom. We worked on the subject in a cooperative way through each student had to find relevant information about the culture, gastronomy, territorial division and about the most outstanding characters, both literary level and social life.

It was very interesting to observe how our students took ownership of the topic, to see each of them taking interest in the culture of other countries in a constructive and critical way. In addition to being contractures of their own knowledge.

Congratulations for empowering knowledge, where there???s will there???s a way.

United States of America and Canada

2nd grade students were in charge of presenting the most relevant information about The United States of America and Canada where they showed an excellent knowledge and seemed empowered in each presentation.