We listened to the first podcast from South Valley Jr High School. Thanks to South Valley students for the work they put in to their podcast. Our students were really fascinated by American school life: the variety of sports, the ‘cafeteria’ with its excellent food and how students, if they want to walk to school, have to live within a certain distance. They also reckoned our school should be named Eaglehawk Junior High School.
We found that the students’ accent was pretty hard to understand, even though we have a steady diet of American TV in Australia. Also, like our podcast, background noise and varied volume also made it sometimes difficult to listen to. But, unlike ours, they didn’t laugh or give outrageous statistics – like 50% of students in Australia use drugs!
Strangely, we didn’t hear any mention of random school shootings at South Valley, which some in our class thought was a common occurrence in the US. Also, we had no idea what ‘EMH kids’ were, nor ‘Black & White Days’ and ‘Spirit Days’. It’s been interesting how much we both said things that were culturally specific, but that we did not explain.