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Saturday 23-Sep-2017
【信報】善用Half Term

英國學校的假期還真不少,暑假以外,每個學年分三個學期,學期中間有期中休假(half term),寄宿學校的同學就像哈利波特中魔法學校裡的學生一樣,住校幾個月就會被攆回家放個假。英國人覺得學生長期身處在寄宿環境也夠辛苦,學期中休假正好讓老師和同學也有個休息和喘息的空間。他們深信休息,正是為走得更遠作好準備。

不少香港家長一見有長假就自不然會召子女返香港。啱嘅,反正同學仔去監護人處住也要付一日40英鎊的宿費,如果有十幾日假,宿費根本就夠買機票。之不過,正如英國人所言,學習不限於課室,我自然覺得它更不應局限於校園。既然我們常說留學英國也是為了解英國文化,留英放假,有機會走出校園的泡泡,出去呼吸一下民間空氣,看看城鎮風貌,了解英國人的日常生活習慣,都是開眼界長見識的良機,不容錯失。此外,同學仔能藉著放假時間學會怎樣與監護人和其家人相處,機會也難能可貴。想改善英文就更不用說了,能在生活實踐中學到的語言幾時都比書本上紙上談兵要好。至於我的個人經歷,在監護人家渡假,是我學生時代的快樂回憶,至今想起仍然回味無窮。

同學仔剛開始寄宿時,當然有個固定監護人最好。但長遠下來,大家可以考慮每次放假都轉換英國不同地區的接待家庭,這個假去曼徹斯特,下個假去湖區,再遠征Kent和Yorkshire ,整個英國就留下了足跡。我記得我在英國十幾年間不停轉換監護人,於是就見識了英國各地區的風土人情。

更精彩的做法,是在英國認識朋友之後,由他們家人成為監護人,此舉不是為慳40鎊一日,更加無價的,是融入當地家庭體驗地道生活。我記得當時我有同學家裏開農場,我放假過去幫忙餵牛騎馬打獵等,很是有趣。也試過在朋友家的外賣店幫手,一個假期學到很多書本上學不到的東西。

英國人好客而不客氣,不會刻意以豪華方式款客,他們不會在假期中刻意為你營造一個五星級的家,但卻會送你貼身體驗英國生活和文化的大好機會。

 

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原文:http://www1.hkej.com/dailynews/culture/article/1663325/%E5%96%84%E7%94%A8Half+term

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