|Left to right: Dr. Somsak, Ajarn Andy, Dr. Siriwimol, myself, Dr. Taweesak, and the director of the directors – Ajarn Kittipong|
I trained in two separate occasions elementary and secondary teachers in Sukhothai province on how to make learning fun using interactive games and activities a few years back. I was also invited to conduct a workshop to primary school teachers in Phitsanulok about accent reduction (ex. reading the IPA) and the difference of British and American English. These activities not only make me busy, they are also a good way to socialize, impart something I know, and expand my network.
|School directors in action|
But the biggest so far was the workshop we did for two weekends this month. The first workshop was with the staff/admin officers of Phitsanulok Educational Service Area Office 39, followed by school directors and deputy directors of secondary schools in Phitsanulok and Uttaradit on the second weekend. I admit that their presence intimidated me at first. I thought they won’t take orders since they were the ones who sit in the highest positions of their respective schools. But lo and behold, they were actually “game.” They even cracked jokes during the session. I became more of myself a few minutes later and enjoyed every second of it.
|nag mo-moment na ako|
We “forced” (sorry for lack of a better term) them to speak and use polite expressions in greeting people in English; how to receive visitors; asking questions, etc.. Some of them thought it was a refresher since most of the time they don’t have a chance to speak English due to busy schedules. Others on the other hand learned something new and promised to not be scared when a foreigner comes to their school or ask them questions. Although I’m skeptic that they won’t wave people who speak English away when they ask them questions, it was still nice to hear coming from their mouths that they won’t. I have a feeling it was a promise made to be broken 🙂
But the happiest part of it all was to see them smiling and using the target language when they communicate to other participants. They said they were happy and learned a lot during the workshop. They also said that if there will be another workshop, they would be glad to attend if we are the facilitators.