Back in 2016, I taught English to Vietnamese students ranging in age from 3 to 21 years.
It was a challenging and fun experience trying to keep everyone engaged.
This is how I spent my day.
- Wake up at 7am
- Shower and Eat something light like rice porridge/congee (cháo)
- Go skim over the days lesson for 4 classes (30mins per class)
- Go for a bike ride in the city from 8am-10am with break for a salted, pickled lime ice-cold drink (chanh muối).
- Shower again
- Noon eat rice with grilled pork (cơm sườn nướng)
- 12:30pm make lessons for all 4 classes
- Around 4:30pm, go to the local copy and print shop to print out color materials for classes if needed. Colour helps and costly.
- 5pm bike to my aunts house to park bike and walk to school to start teaching
- 7pm get next day’s lesson plan
- Walk to my aunt and cousin house to exercise by walking with family around the park
- 8pm bike home
That was my day. Back in 2016, I loved to bike around the city. It kept me fit. I would alternate eating vegetarian dishes to help lose weight also as I was kind of heavy set.
I enjoyed classes where the students were older, 10 years and up. The questions they would ask me would be personal and I tried my best to answer them LOL. When everyone finally lined up and understood each other, everything was smooth sailing.
For younger students, we always tried to make a game, give out toys and candy. I had help from the other teachers for this. I would browse the web looking for fun lessons to teach younger students especially.
I was a good teacher as they wanted me to stay and teach. It was tiring work trying to keep alert and active teaching. My sister taught a lot more than me and managed to do so for morning, afternoon and evening classes at the best school in the city. I learned from her. She has a lot more work experience than me. We would sometimes help one another on materials and teaching techniques.