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Navigating the English Language During a Zombie Apocalypse
By Joe Mullings
It takes a certain kind of mentality to find joy in the potential mental scaring of children. And it is especially unique to find a team willing to go along with it. Yet come midnight the entirety of Olivenza was filled with vampires, flesh eating zombies and evil spirits of all ages. I was half way up an old brick chimney, arms out wide facing the sky, releasing my most malevolent laugh when I saw the full scope of what we had created. On this night I realized that if I ever became tired of teaching English I could always make a career as a super-villain (though I don’t see that happening anytime soon.).
A week prior the I knew none of the children, none of the teachers and none of the names but now, a mere seven days later we were banding together, the adults marginally more excited than the children, trying to harness every horror film we had ever seen, every Steven King novel we had ever read and every Halloween song we knew to show the children the true meaning of fear – and any infinitives that might be connected to it.
The plan itself was not difficult to create. The problem was the excitement it generated and as a result the lack of discretion amongst a couple of the teachers (you know who you are!). Regardless as a team we managed to shift the plan and still maintain the feeling of dread we hoped to achieve in the camp.
Clues written in English led the children through the grounds as they were chased by numerous ghouls keeping their wits enough to solve the riddles with the skills they had learned in the past week working together to survive as the teachers worked together to capture them. As they were guided to the clues and I saw them running for their lives it was hard to remain completely evil as I heard them communicate in English as if they had been here for a month when upon their arrival they struggled to produce a sentence in another tonge.
I had tried to prepare myself for working with children and teaching them a new language and out of sheer instinct expected the worst. However nothing could have prepared me for how quickly they would pick it up, how intelligent they were and how much they would remind me how to have fun whether alive or undead. Though it was my first time creating something like this I have the feeling it won’t be the last. And that when the time comes there will always be an excellent team behind me ready to fill the camp with near perfect verb conjugation and, more importantly, screams of terror.