I was unable to give a confident answer to the question in the title for quite a ways into this summer. Between the influenza outbreak in the Southern Province, my family’s obligations to Colombo, and my general fatigue I was not even sure if I would teach this summer. Regardless of all that, I am excited to announce that I will start teaching tomorrow (actually, I am sorting out logistics tomorrow but I should be starting the day after).
I attended the annual Buddhist parade the school takes part in and it was quite fun! The parade has become especially special to me since I started teaching. I feel more integrated into the community and I always get a slew of hellos and waves from my students. I took tons of video -- so look forward to an edited concoction that will come out soon.
I couldn’t imagine not teaching. The main reason being that the students expect me to come and I don’t want to let them down. I usually teach only a few days a week because, well, I just can’t handle more than that. It is extremely tiring to attempt to wrangle the attention of these students. However, due to time constraints I will be teaching four days a week for two weeks. Lucky for me, I did a pretty good job of documenting last year in my EARSL Report 2017 so I will be using those lessons again this year.
More details to come after I visit the school tomorrow!
Hi! I'm Samalya. When I'm not running about cramming for school I sit on my laptop and (attempt to) make a curriculum to improve spoken English in rural Sri Lanka!