Students in Paris and Oxford from OISE Language Coaching centres went head to head in a battle of table tennis as part of Ping! Oxford Summer Festival Friday 1st August, with students in Paris winning hands down.
The table tennis game began at 13.00 BST in central Oxford at Gloucester Green with the Paris part of the game starting at 16.00 BST at Champs de Mars next to the Eiffel Tower.
Oxford managed a continuous game of ‘round the table’ for 11 minutes and 30 seconds with 15 players before all players were out, whereas Paris students were victorious with a time of 13 minutes and 6 seconds with only 7 players.
The match was organised to celebrate cross-cultural communication and using engaging challenges to foster confidence and open up dialogue, representing the dyanmic tutoring techniques used in OISE training centres that prepare students for exams, university or an international career.
The thinking behind the event was that Ping! encourages people to interact like no other event and removes barriers to communication, which is the approach OISE takes in language coaching – engaging students with a challenge, boosting confidence and stimulating dialogue. Bringing OISE students together from both sides of the Channel through Ping! celebrates cross-cultural communication in a really exciting way.
Many of the students had not really played table tennis before and started hesitantly, but being inspired by the challenge their confidence grew and they used their language skills to encourage their team mates and shout tips to help them, highlighting the importance of communication.
Oxford table tennis coach John Duncalfe who was on hand for the game in Oxford said: “ I could see that the students were unsure of the challenge at first but really took on board my coaching advice and had fun in improving their game.” Huberto Dominguez, 15 from Madrid: "Ping was great fun, we didn’t beat OISE Paris but we had a great team and we all helped eachother!".
Written by Laurence Clayton-Trotman, Community Manager.