3 exciting summer projects to hone your skills

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Be creative and practice your language skills by doing these projects this summer:

Describe your visit to Folklorama through photos

Folklorama is one of Manitoba’s most popular summer festivals. It is the largest multicultural festival of its kind in the world (read 5 reasons to see Folklorama this year and every year). Visit one or two Folklorama pavilions from August 6 to 19, 2023 and take some photos.

What you will need:

  1. A phone or camera
  2. Describe each photo. Answer the five Ws and one H:
    • Who
    • What
    • When
    • Where
    • Why
    • How
  3. Option: Use any Manitoba summer experience:
    • first time camping
    • staying at a cabin by the lake
    • visiting the Canadian Museum for Human Rights or any museum
  4. Use free photo collage apps:

Make a “Five new things I learned in Manitoba” video

List down your discoveries and experiences as a newcomer. Share it by making a three-minute video. An option is to interview your newcomer friends. Ask them the most important things they’ve learned so far. Limit the video to three minutes. Make a part two if you want to share more.

What you will need:

  1. A phone or video camera. Shoot the video or ask someone else.
  2. List the five things you learned. Write a script or a guide.
  3. Or find five to seven newcomer friends. Ask them to share their learnings. Film them.
  4. Edit the video to three minutes. Use free editing tools or apps:
  5. Download a tool to your mobile phone or computer. Read tutorials on the app’s site if you need help editing.

    Make six-word memoirs

    A six-word memoir describes your thoughts and experiences using six words. Larry Smith of Smith Magazine (Six-Word Memoir project) made it popular. These can also be a description of yourself or views on specific topics.

    About life: “This week’s highlight was free coffee” (by BanjoDan)
    About teens: “Books. Music. That’s all I need” (by daisy.atson5)
    About work: “Do the work. Get paid. Repeat!” (by AMHerrera)

    Use new and descriptive English words that you learned. Do it in your native language first if it’s hard to start. Translate to English by using Google Translate or a dictionary.
    See more samples here: Six-Word Memoir site.

    What you will need:

    1. Write about:
      • What your weekend was like.
      • Life as a newcomer to Canada.
      • What you love about Canadian summer.
    2. Write one every weekend to reflect on the week that passed. Or do it every day if you like.
    3. Use a journal (a notebook or on your computer).
    4. Options: Take photos and add captions using six words. Or draw cartoons with dialogue also using six words.

    Share your projects!

    Post your projects on social media. Ask your English tutor or English Online e-Facilitator to review your project/s. Share it with us too (email: cloza@myenglishonline.ca)! We’ll share it on our Facebook page (Your English Online) or in our monthly newsletter.

    Have fun and enjoy your summer!

    Article updated May 23, 2023.

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