Educational consultant and motivational speaker, Erik Cork combined music, dance moves cribbed from music videos, and verb conjugation in an hour-long presentation at the St. Croix Educational Complex.
The presentation took place in the Educational Complex’s auditorium, though Cork had little use for the stage. He spent most of the presentation sprinting up and down the aisles with a microphone, joking with students and giving them very little choice but to become an integral part of his lesson.
During his performance, Cork stressed the importance of using proper grammar on standardized tests and in the professional world. There is a time for slang and a time for mainstream English, he said, and he encouraged the students to understand that divide.
Cork had no problem acting the clown for the students. He believes it’s a way to connect with them in a short time frame and get them to remember the lesson. If the students leave the program and are talking in the halls about the funny things he did, he explains, they are still talking about grammar.
Based out of Houston, Texas, Cork presents his energetic English lessons at schools around the country. He was brought to St. Croix by the St. Croix Foundation, and will be serving as the keynote speaker at the inaugural Youth Forum at the University of the Virgin Islands’s St. Croix campus next Saturday.