Are you a baseball fan? Do you know the English terminology for baseball? Tainan Giants International Junior Baseball Championship is set to start in October. With this opportunity, the Tainan City Government published the Play Ball!! booklet, which contains English baseball terminology, useful baseball conversations, and classical baseball songs. The target audience ranges from pre-school children to junior high school students. Parents with school-age children as well as adolescents, are welcome to take a booklet and learn English while enjoying baseball.
To increase children and adolescent's motivation for learning English, the Tainan City Government's Office of English as the Second Official Language (OEASOL) collaborated with Studio Classroom to publish Play Ball!!, a booklet designed to help readers understand baseball in English.
Mayor Huang Wei-che stated that language isn't learned overnight, which makes motivation extra important. Baseball is a sport for people of all ages and is especially loved by teenagers. Mayor Huang is confident that this booklet will strengthen teenagers' motivation for learning English, which will ultimately elevate Tainan's English proficiency as a whole. The objective of the booklet is to provide a crash course on baseball English and to help citizens understand baseball games that are broadcast in English.
Professional foreign teachers from Studio Classroom were entrusted with compiling English baseball terminology into the Play Ball!! booklet, along with handy conversation examples. Other than coaching the public on how to use the correct baseball terminology, the OEASOL also contributed a chapter titled “Welcome to Tainan,” which includes a gourmet food map and useful phrases that teach citizens how to introduce Tainan's food and specialties to foreigners. With this content, every citizen has the potential to become an ambassador for Tainan. In addition, the OEASOL also selected and compiled free online English learning resources, which the public can freely utilize.
Play Ball!! also comes with a set of stickers. Starting on October 15, Citizens may obtain a copy at any district library. The booklets are limited; get one as fast as you can!
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