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City U English students see benefits of Professor Paws programme
Our Professor Paws team was invited to participate in a special Final Year Project organised and hosted by the students of City University’s Associate of Arts in English programme. The event was held on Friday, 9 January, 2009.
The project, called the “DOG-tor English Workshop”, aimed to stimulate interest in learning English while promoting animal welfare among primary aged students. The event was held at the Dr Catherine F Woo Memorial School in Shatin with 40 Year 4 and 5 students aged 9-11 years from the school.
The students had the opportunity to participate in fun Chinese New Year themed English activities led by the students from City University.
One of the highlights of the day for the children was the arrival of four of our Professor Paws: Lucky, Mickey, Water and Yat Yat. The children were anxiously waiting in the school hall for the arrival of their “professors”. When the doors of the hall were opened and their four-legged teachers walked in, there was a burst of excitement accompanied by clapping and cheering!
At first it was hard to tell just who was more excited to have the Professor Paws there – the teachers or the students! The enthusiasm and energy in the hall continued during the condensed hour-long Professor Paws lesson with our own English-teaching volunteers: Mara McCaffrey, Uyun Davidson, Trina Gan and Samuel Chiu.
The 40 students were placed into four smaller groups and each group was paired up with their own professor and native-English speaking volunteer. The students’ immediately learned how to meet and greet their professor safely by asking for permission first, followed by offering the back of their hand to the dog to have a sniff.
Our volunteers then worked with the children on learning what dogs are all about! For instance, they (and all animals) can feel pleasure as well as pain and they like us to speak to them in a quiet and friendly manner. The children also learned that when we adopt an animal companion, it’s for life.
Professor Water does a great job motivating his group.
The children had the opportunity to walk, brush and feed their professors. At first the students were apprehensive about touching and being near the dogs, but by the end of the lesson they loved touching their professors so much that they couldn’t bear to keep their hands off of their soft fur!
At the end of our special visit, all of the students knew how important it was to love and care for all animals; the affection towards their Professors was very visible as we looked around the hall. The Professor Paws volunteers received a very warm and appreciative thank you from the Headmaster of Dr Catherine F Woo Memorial School from the students at City University.
Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers! Well done!
City-U Student-Hosts, Professor Paws volunteers and teachers and students from Dr. Catherine F. Woo Memorial Primary School.
Students learn how to brush Professor Lucky.
Professor Yat Yat teaches a student how to walk her properly.