To mark the end of Summer Term @Ross on August 7, students in the four ESOL classes presented what they learned via theatrical and visual productions to an audience of faculty, staff, and peers. To prepare, classmates worked as a large group, in smaller teams, or individually to interpret and perform classical English literature, Greek mythology, and popular American songs.
The day began with magical performances by the Advanced English Literature ESOL (level 4) students. In pairs, the group acted out scenes from the second half of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Prior to taking the stage, students created elaborate sets, costumes, and photographs; they also recorded the beautiful production. Much of the photography and visual aspects were developed in the Media Studies Summer Term elective class with guidance from Alexis Martino, Ross School dean of Media Studies. Watch the performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Intermediate class (level 3) studied Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and the Middle Ages, and the students developed stories, biographies, and summaries of life related to the time period. With drawings and colorful posters as props, they shared an original love story involving a princess, information about banking and taxation, a description of wartime tactics and castle defense, and the history of famous masters and styles, including Jacopo Torriti and the Roman mosaic art form.
In the High-Beginner class (level 2), students were introduced to Greek mythology, focusing on the gods and the origin of seasons through the myth of Hades and Persephone. As a final project, the class performed scenes from Demeter and Persephone. In preparation, they memorized scripts, “got into character,” and prepared creative costumes, props, and backdrops. The result was a delightful and funny interpretation that wowed the audience with a clear demonstration of how much they learned over the term.
In the Beginner (level 1) class, students picked a favorite American song, often with a personal significance, and studied the meaning and emotion it evokes. Students shared their selections in a monologue, with one brave student singing a beautiful rendition of “Numb” by Linkin Park. Other songs included “Yesterday,” by the Beatles; “Paparazzi,” by Lady Gaga; and Kris Allen’s “Live Like We’re Dying.”