“Teaching” Kids English

“Teaching” Kids English

On Mondays and Wednesdays, one of the New Life Foundation volunteers goes to teach English at the local school.  This past week, the usual teacher was away from the foundation, so they needed people to fill in. I thought that with my experience teaching dance, I would naturally be able to handle teaching English. I was assigned the job, along with two other NLF volunteers.

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We arrived at the classroom, prepared for an organized few hours of teaching the alphabet and colors to some adorable kids.

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As anyone who went to elementary knows, the first thing you do to a substitute teacher – particularly ones as obviously inexperienced as we were- is push every boundary possible until they break. We lasted approximately thirty seconds.

teaching english thailand

We chased them around the classroom. Our attempts to get them to sit down resembled a poorly executed game of whack-a-mole. Once the boys started lifting each other onto their shoulders and parading down the hall, we knew we’d lost. So we gave up and just spent the rest of the hour taking pictures. I’m pretty sure the only English things we may have taught them were “sit down, be quiet, ok-fine. pose for the camera.” They understood the last part perfectly.

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teaching english thailand

Oh well. Their real teacher will be back next week.

6 Comments

  1. AH…. it is really cool to finally see what you are up to over there!

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    • Hey! Miss you and can’t wait to hear all about married life when I get back :-)

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  2. Hahahahaha. 😀

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  3. this is adorable. i am sure you did GREAT! lol plus, the pictures are exactly what a substitute teacher sees and dreads. but look how HAPPY the kids are!!

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  4. Ashley, I think this is amazing what you are doing. It’s exciting to live vicariously through you. What great pictures you have to go along with your captions. I absolutely loved reading about you trying to teach English to the students. This was hilarious. It sounds like you are having a great time. Relish each moment in this wonderful opportunity.

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    • Thank you so much, Deborah!! I’m glad you enjoyed the story. I could have definitely used your expertise! They were a total lost cause…:-)

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