A scene during the Dutch Village.
SOUTH REWARD–Milton Peters College (MPC) second formers spent the morning conversing in Dutch with Dutch police officers, government officials, shop owners and restaurant staff in a Dutch Language Village (Taaldorp) held at their school on March 15.
More than 40 Dutch-speaking volunteers helped out by playing the role of an officer, official or shop owner for the exercise. Students and volunteers “worked hard” to successfully complete all the assignments, it was stated in a press release.
The Dutch Language Village is organised annually to stimulate MPC students to speak Dutch. “Since most kids speak English at home, speaking Dutch can be difficult for them. This way we challenge them to express themselves in a second language. The students learn and have fun while completing their assignments,” according to the release.
The MPC gym hall was transformed into a simulated village for the exercise. One corner was a restaurant, others a Census Office, a Travel Agency, clothing boutique and other places. Dutch teachers worked together to prepare students, put in place volunteers and build stands for the different activities.
“It is a lot of work, but it is so worth it. We are very grateful to all the volunteers who helped us out. The kids did really well, also thanks to them,” according to the release.