I’ve been in Cambodia now for about four weeks. It has really flown by! Tonight, I have my last teacher training class, and then I will receive my TESOL certificate to teach English internationally.
The past couple weeks especially have been quite busy. I’ve been taking a Khmer language course everyday. We’ve covered a ton of material, but I still need a lot more practice. I have learned to negotiate tuk tuk rides and am now getting a rate slightly closer to a local’s rate. (A tuk tuk is a motorbike with a carriage attached and is the main form of transportation in Phnom Penh.)
We’ve also been student teaching at an orphanage and at our hotel’s language school. My students are beginners aged 6-10. They are super high energy, as all kids are, and are excited to learn.
One day this week, at the orphanage, we learned the work “play” along with many other words. I asked my students what things they like to play and gave examples such as: we can play football, and we can play badminton. We moved on to a different word without any student examples. One of my students came up to me after class, pulled out a yoyo and said, “Teacher, I play yoyo.” He remembered one of words and then applied it to his own life. What a success!
Last week, at our hotel’s language school, we learned about Halloween. We watched a short video clip about trick-or-treating in USA and read a scary ghost story. Ghost stories are super popular here. I modified a USA ghost story and renamed it the Mekong River Monster. (The Mekong River runs through Phnom Penh.) My students were great at reading and answering the comprehension questions. In the story, the monster ate children, so that was a bit tricky for them to forget.
At the end of class, we practiced trick-or-treating. I walked out of class, closed the door, had students knock on the door and do the whole trick-or-treating process. They thought this was hilarious!
Some of the girls in my class.