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Portland Leadership Institute

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Teaching in Viet Nam

Posted on 23 October, 2012 at 11:10
I've spoken a bit about teaching here, but I want to do some more.  We are finished with two and a half weeks, 2/3 of the way.

They are, as we already said, young, learning English and business simultaneously.  It's hard to say which is more challenging.

Jeanna was uncertain what she would do prior to arriving, as well as the first few days.  She has now moved into a pattern of tutoring small groups, both English students (first and second year) as well as my business students.  When she finishes with her second set she moves into my class for our final hour of class each day.

They want to learn, yet it is a slow process.  We are simultaneously teaching HRM and English.  Teaching only one is a full time job, both for the faculty and for the students.  Teaching both:  sacrifices are occasionally made, but, in the long run, we teach and they learn what is necessary.

And they have fun.  The enclosed youtube of them celebrating at Vietnamese Women's Day is part of this.  Their dancing was between classes, half rehearsed, everyone having fun.

I have pictures of campus, including the entrance, campus model (about 5 years into the future, with the entrance at the bottom center), the modern library, still needing books, and the building in which I teach, quite airy to capture as much wind as possible and cool the place down.  Of interest to note in terms of the model:  there was nothing here about 3 years ago except jungle.  Some fierce fighting took place here 40-50 years ago in hot, awful conditions.  It remained that way for years, until Becamex, a major government corporation, decided that it needed education to move its company forward.  Thus became Eastern International University.

Finally there is a cute little video of Loi, one of the main administrators and a great guy, showing us his new lecture hall seating.  That's Jeanna in the background producing.  About 500 automatic seats there, the latest in modern equipment, scheduled to open in the fall.

And I returned their first set of exams today.  They did well.  I was pleased.  They have presentations in a week; we'll look forward to that. 

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