Don't worry about it. It's a necessary part of teaching about Henry VIII. The hard part is that most don't know the English for, nor how to say, "Catholic" and "pope" in Chinese. I guess they don't get that vocabulary in their Chinese-taught classes.
. The electrnic dictionaries come out, I ask the Class Dictionary
"how to say" and she (it's always a she) tells the rest of the class, and from there the lesson flows smoothly.
Thereafter, I just mimic the sign of the cross movement (TPR) every time I use those two words and they get the gist.
When I do my Henry VIII lecture, I do a little skit where Henry picks up the phone and calls the pope in Rome to ask him for a divorce. It takes about 5 seconds for them to register that, hey, there were no phones in the 16th century. That means they are paying attention (finally). Then the lesson begins to roll. The pope calls the King of Spain (Henry's first wife's uncle) to check it out, then calls Henry back and says, NO DIVORCE! So Henry starts his own church, divorces Catherine of Aragon, and marries the sister of his lover. Roll on...
One year, while I was role-playing all three phone calls, I back on the teaching platform, except I was already at the edge. I tumbled backwards and, in that fleeting moment of "Oh, Shit", I was actually able to kick my feet up and complete a backward tumble and end up on my feet. (That was about 8 years and 40 pounds ago-I'd be dead if it happened now.) I placed my little finger-thumb handset back to my ear and said, "That's right! I'll start my own church!" The gasps of the students at my fall, turned to applause. Last year, I saw an old student from that time and she said they all still remember old34's Henry VIII lesson.
These days we have cellphones, so Henry, the pope and the King Of Spain use cellphones. Also, the students love the 6 wives part (except those students named Anne, Jane, and Kathryn, Catherine, or Katherine).
At the end of the lesson, I show them the following page and we have a beauty contest where everyone votes for one of the wives:http://tudorhistory.org/wives/
The boys usually go for the 16 year old Anne Boleyn, but the girls usually vote for Katherine Parr because "she looks Chinese"
. I guess it's the light skin, moon eyebrows, and small mouth. Whatever.
Anyway, handle it with a little humor and the religious aspects will go right over their tiny little heads. The class monitors' reports won't even mention that religion was discussed.
Here, (for free!) are the two questions about Henry VIII that I use on my UK test:
Henry VIII was married to many women. Which of the following was NOT one of Henry VIII’s wives’ names? a. Mary b. Jane c. Catherine d. Anne
Why did the Church of England break away from the Catholic Church in 1533?
a. England’s army defeated the Pope’s armies.
b. King Henry VIII wanted a divorce.
c. The Catholics refused to enter into trade agreements with England.
d. Religion is the opium of the people.
Believe it or not, I got 1 or 2 students who answer "d." every semester...always they are boys who sit in the last row.