School field trip to Da Nang beach

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Teachers are supposed to be paranoid right ? We’re supposed to think of the worst case scenario at all times. Western teachers especially fuss and worry and take extreme precautions. We prepare for a field trip like we’re organising an …

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Christmas in Da Nang

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This year I was living in Da Nang at Christmas and working for a small English centre called Eureka. Being the new teacher and being as enthusiastic about cooking as I am, my boss asked me if I’d like to …

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Why teaching primary school is like training Pokemon

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As an apology to real fans I will admit I’ve never been a real Pokemon addict. I love them, but I’ve never been a real player. I thought X and Y was really cool and I bought a copy of …

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Vinalearn – A never ending series of utter lies

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When the new school year began approaching, I looked with all the delicious jobs on offer with relish. There were some great jobs with great salaries in areas all over Saigon. It was going to be great pickings this year, …

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Listening to Wanbi’s advice

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This article was published on Yan News in Vietnamese a while back. I still have not to date published the full version anywhere except my Facebook. Since it’s getting harder and harder to dig this story out of my old Facebook …

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

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This week is “Animals” week in year one English. Animals has always been a pretty easy subject for me. Maybe I’ve had students who’ve always known the animals from a young age, but teaching English recognition of ducks, roosters, pigs. …

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A teacher in Dien Bien’s unusual way of getting his students across a river

This story popped up on Vietnamese news website Tuoi Tre Online. It’s shot in the village of Na HY, Nam Po district, Dien Bien province in Vietnam and shows a very unusual method that a teacher has for getting his …

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Scary ghost stories !

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The power was out today. No, I mean the power was REALLY out. Across half the country and part of Cambodia. Some 50 million people had no power today. It started at about 1:30pm. I was in a supermarket across …

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Special Generation – Kids today !

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“Special Generation” is a fantastic song and one of the debut singles from Tsunku’s Jpop factory… Berryz Kobo. Just so you know the reference. It’s just sort of a song about love and being part of the young generation. I …

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My milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard

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I have to try and be conscious of cultural differences when I’m teaching. There are some times when young kids will freak out if they think they see an iPhone in my pocket and they get all excited because it’s …

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