「大紅狗魔法校車」開進偏鄉 為孩子英語力加油Clifford Magic School Bus heading to rural schools to enhance English competitiveness

2019-07-24

臺南市政府推動英語不遺餘力,推出大紅狗Clifford形象打造的「英語魔法校車」,除了開往偏鄉為孩子們說英語故事,並把孩子們載往市區,與大紅狗Clifford一起參與英語活動。期待引起孩子們英語學習的興趣、為英語力加加油!

臺南市英語閱讀季熱烈展開,為嘉惠偏鄉民眾,主辦單位第二官方語言專案辦公室(簡稱二官辦) 發揮創意,為市府公務車設計可愛的大紅狗Clifford外衣,成為相當吸睛的「英語魔法校車」,前進9座位於山區的小學,包括南化國小、龍崎國小、玉井國小、內角國小、楠西國小等,為當地的小朋友帶來英語說故事活動。

二官辦表示,「英語魔法校車」由臺灣中油贊助,期待為台南市學童的英語力「加加油」。其創意來自世界知名的《魔法校車》(The Magic School Bus)系列叢書。該叢書是由美國聲譽卓著的Scholastic 出版公司,網羅優秀的兒童文學作家、自然科學界頂尖專家學者,以及知名插畫家所完成。是美國得獎無數、最具影響力,也深受全球喜愛的自然科學繪本。Scholastic今(108)年除了贊助臺南市府2套英語電子書資料庫,亦授權使用其下兩大最受歡迎的繪本《Clifford》以及《魔法校車》,作為南市府推廣英語活動的吸睛焦點,成功吸引孩子們目光。

「大紅狗魔法校車」搭載大紅狗真人玩偶與外師前進山區學校,為學童唸英語故事;此外,魔法校車也搭載偏鄉的孩子前往市區,參與於敦煌書局辦理的英語趣味活動,現場反應皆相當熱烈。新山國小的林淑熹老師很開心學生們有機會至市區參加活動,她表示:「鄉間學校超商都不來設點連,附近更沒有書店或是才藝班。對孩子來說,敦煌書局就像沒見識過的「書籍宮殿」。更棒的是,全英語互動過程中,雖然孩子字彙有限,但很快樂,在心中種下渴望學習的種子。」楠西國小高主任則認為,今年英語閱讀季採用難度適中的知名英語繪本,是相當好的學習教材;「大紅狗魔法校車」由經驗豐富的外師帶領,讓偏鄉學生有機會以英語與外國人互動。

二官辦表示,大紅狗Clifford除了前進偏鄉,也會隨機出現在英語故事屋活動,成為驚喜彩蛋。暑假期間是親子英語共學的好時機,歡迎大小朋友多加利用英語閱讀季網站,一起為英語力加油。

https://tainanlovesreading.tainan.gov.tw/

The Tainan City Government is sparing no effort to promote English as the second official language of the city. Its most recent initiative is the “English Magic School Bus,” which is decorated with images of Clifford the Big Red Dog. The bus not only travels to rural villages with teachers to read English stories to children, but also brings children to downtown Tainan to participate in English-learning activities alongside Clifford the Big Red Dog. It is hoped these types of activities will pique the interest of children in learning English and encourage them to work hard to improve their English skills.

 

The Tainan English Reading Festival organized by the Tainan City Government’s Office of English as the Second Official Language (OEASOL) is currently underway. To ensure that residents of rural villages would also benefit from the festival, the OEASOL came up with the idea to adorn an official municipal vehicle with adorable images of Clifford the Big Red Dog and transform it into the eye-catching “English Magic School Bus.” The bus has already traveled to nine elementary schools located in mountainous regions, including Nanhua Elementary School, Longqi Elementary School, Yujing Elementary School, Neijiao Elementary School, and Nan-si Elementary School, to bring English storytelling activities to local students.

 

The OEASOL says the “English Magic School Bus” is sponsored by CPC Corporation, and it hopes it will encourage students to improve their English abilities. The inspiration for the bus is the global best-selling book series “The Magic School Bus.” This series is published by prestigious American publisher Scholastic Corporation, and brings outstanding children’s authors, natural sciences experts, and famous illustrators together under one umbrella. These natural sciences picture books have won a countless number of awards, are extremely influential, and are beloved the world over. This year (2019), Scholastic not only sponsored access to two English e-book platforms, but also authorized the Tainan City Government to use two of its most popular picture book series, “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and “The Magic School Bus,” to promote English-reading activities. They have successfully attracted the interest of children.

 

The “Clifford the Big Red Dog Magic School Bus” carries a person wearing a Clifford the Big Red Dog costume and foreign teachers to schools in mountainous areas to read English stories to local students. The bus also brings students from rural villages to downtown Tainan to take part in fun English-learning activities organized by Caves Bookstore. The children have enthusiastically participated in these activities. A school official surnamed Gao from Nan-si Elementary School said the well-known picture books featured in this year’s Tainan English Reading Festival have an intermediate degree of difficulty and are excellent learning materials. The “Clifford the Big Red Dog Magic School Bus” is staffed by experienced foreign teachers, giving students in rural areas the opportunity to use English to interact with foreigners.

 

The OEASOL says Clifford the Big Red Dog will not only travel to rural villages, but also pop up from time to time during “Story Time” activities to surprise attendees. Summer vacation is a good time for parents and children to learn English together. The OEASOL encourages everyone to make good use of the resources available through the Tainan English Reading Festival’s website and boost their English abilities together.

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