THE CHANGE FOR "TUOI TRE" WRITING CONTEST IN 2007
After quitting my job for a company, at the age of 35 having almost nothing feeling bored of the hash life, I started work as a free lance painter and photographer then in the evening I had some timeto take English classes and nobody, even myself, believes that I became a teacher of English one year later as the first great change in my life.
In class, I was the one who tried to practice with my teacher. At high school and college I did not understand at all. It was such a challenge for me. I sometimes while working or having meals thought of a question then later in class I asked him to perform it. After 6 months, I took A level exam and passed with an excellence grade. Two months later I was invited to teach for the center where I had been learning. Nothing in the world could stop me from learning every moment since then. As time went by, I got B and C level and graduated from a distance-learning college of Ha Noi foreign language university in 1998 at the age of 44.
I spent all my time listening to almost everything I could get ranging from VOA special English, Radio Japan, BBC, TOEFL. And I stopped on the street to talk to foreigners at any time. I wrote anything in English and I organized some clubs by myself not mentioning any coming members.
I was asked to teach some special classes. The first one was for a group of doctors. The second one was for a mixed class in the town church. The third was a children class. Once volunteer American female teacher took my Vietnamese class at home. Also at home, my learner brought some travelers to talk to and myself nade friend later. I had a good study habit. While at high school, I could get up early as one o'clock to train myself to get into college so can I now get up at 3:30 to study English. I have recorded almost any listening material I find interesting. I buy any tapes or CDs I choose. I have got over 700 cassette tapes and 50 CDs of English.
I never deny any kind of learners from a 5-year old child to an English major priest or a medical doctor studying abroad very soon or even an illiterate person.
I could work from as early as 5 o'clock sharp till as late as 11 PM with each learner. I never refuse to translate any document or letter. I could work well as an interpreter for the hospital at any time they need my help.
With the love for music I could translate some songs from Vietnamese to English to teach. Then I could write some lyrics to make a change. Besides, I have assigned a lot of grammatical problems in notebooks to make English easier as I have wished. One thing I wish to do now is that I would be able to teach at a university or for any foreign organization somewhere to train myself harder and to learn more languages.
It would be another amazing change in my life.
Jul 16, 07
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