Our Teacher Mentor colleagues (working in the the schools where we work in the Teacher Training Institute) have been running "English is Fun Fairs" in various local schools, employing some of our trainee teachers as helpers - and giving the trainees some extra school experience. An "English is Fun Fair" was arranged for the Orang Asli children, and we were invited to be a part of it.
So first of all there was a bit of a ceremony - a little assembly.
There were more adults and foreigners than there were kids - only 25 of them.
The little boy in the front row soon lost interest and turned around where there was much more to see. Soon he and the boy behind him started to tussle, and the chairs were nearly upturned ...
Now they were mostly little angels again.
The Teacher Mentors had designed and created (and laminated!) the games. The trainee teachers we brought along very gently explained everything to them.
In this game they had to throw little rings over those sticks - and then say the word - harder than it looks!
And, of course, there was a fishing game which the little boys were right into.
They loved the face painting, too, and soon got over their shyness.
And with these tokens, they could buy all these amazing prizes! Pretty soon they were walking away with armloads of ... stuff!
With that sort of incentive, who doesn't want to learn phonics!