Two in Thailand

After raising three children and watching them graduate from college, Bob and Carol decided to leave the educational field and pursue a dream that had been put on hold for 35 years (since graduationg from the University of Northern Iowa). "Two in Thailand" is the journal dedicated to that dream - to serve in the Peace Corps. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed within do not necessarily represent the views of the Peace Corps or the United States Government.

Friday, May 12, 2006

We found out that the Thai students are extremely shy about speaking English. When you speak to them in English, you get the most horrified expression! We also discovered that most of the students, even the high school students who have had 9 years of English can only respond to "What is your name?" and "How are you?" When we asked, "How old are you?", the response was, "I am fine....and you?" We realized we had a lot of work to do!!!! But the main job was to reduce the fear level and establish teaching English as a fun activity. Luckily for Bob, he had the younger students who did not seem as scared as the high school students. The smiles on their faces and eager expressions made his job a lot easier.


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