Learning a foreign language can be real daunting. But Jitou Middle School in Chengdu has developed a new method of its own, teaching its students English with mahjong tiles in a creative way.
The mahjong sets used at Jitou Middle School are different from the ordinary ones and so is the function. The game is traditionally played by four people with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols. But Tian Jingyun, the headmaster of the school, has placed English letters on the tiles.
Students must make up words with the tiles they have on hand, writing them down in their notebooks. The winner of the game is the student who gets the most words, makes a complete sentence with the words and then tells a story using them.
Besides mahjong, the school also uses poker cards and Chinese checkers with English letters on them to help students learn English.
British artist Bruce Munro went to the Ayers Rock in the middle of Australia with more than 50,000 frosted-glass lights, transforming the desert to an “ocean of flowers”.
The man-made lights grew brighter as the daylight faded. Light designer Bruce did “wonders of light” deep in the desert, an area the size of four football fields. The light stems, weighing in total approximately 15 tonnes, flied 11,800 miles over 32 international and domestic flights to the Ayers Rock in the end.
The display of light designing has been Bruce’s largest piece of work to date. Tourists could visit the “ocean of flowers” guided by the lit-up pathways under the stars.