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Mar 10, 2009 - Tata (goodbye in Tamil) Virudunagar!

Tomorrow I will be leaving Virudunagar. I am excited to be moving on but pleased with what I've seen and learned here. I've been teaching at St. Antony's Nursery and Primary School for two weeks. It's been interesting to watch the Indian teachers at work. There is a huge emphasis here on memorization. Students learning English can repeat rhymes and answer questions as long as they're from the script. This is very different from American schools where there is more emphasis on understanding what's being learned. I've been told one of the...

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Mar 2, 2009 - Teaching is even harder than it looks

Today was my first full day of teaching spoken English to the students. I am wiped out! The first class was 4 students all around 9 years old. I was told to go teach them spoken English. Well, I don't have much teaching experience and I needed a place to start. I opened a textbook and quickly realized they study a lot of English but haven't a clue what they are learning. For example, later in the day a teacher had asked the students to copy four sentences three times from the chalkboard into their notebooks. The sentences were like, "The...

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Mar 1, 2009 - I'm in India!

Please excuse me. I get a bit giddy when I arrive in a country I've dreamed of visiting forever. When I got off the plane last week I kept saying to myself, "Wow. I'm in India. How cool is that. I'm so lucky." You'll be glad you weren't with me. It's a bit dorky. Ok. So what am I up to? I flew into Chennai, formerly known as Madras. It's in southern India. I spent a few days acclimating and touring. I had heard India was a difficult place to travel, especially alone. I think I'm getting used to seeing poverty and getting offers from touts...

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