Vietnam #1, #2, #3, and #4

After a hiatus of about a year, I returned to work at the local college this week. I accepted the job when I was still in Athens, Greece, and almost put myself in a bind as I did not realize at the time that I had two appointments with doctors and a dental cleaning appointment this week. However, I was able to work out the appointments and do the job I had been assigned–teaching for four days a class of English as a Second Language beginners and an advanced class of the same subject. The beginning class met from 8 to 10:00, Monday through Thursday. The advanced class met from 10:10 to 12:10 on the same days. I realized that the challenge was to maintain the confidence of the students for four days, and I aimed to be successful. Knowing that I probably would not remember their difficult-to-pronounce names, I opted to call on them using their country name–Miss Mexico, Mr. Colombia, Miss Costa Rica, Vietnam #1, #2, #3, and #4. Not only did I feel success when I bid the last one goodbye, but I enjoyed the gratefulness of these students. Many of them came by and shook hands with me as they departed. I’m glad I’m a teacher who never tired of the classroom and one who is grateful that I can still enjoy the interaction with students.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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