During Week three of teamtwo’s stay in Vietnam and their 2nd week of English education to the Vietnamese military, the chatter of rampant conversations and laughter filled the air once again during the teaching day. The topics covered between the groups of cadets and their Vietnamese military students ranged from American homes, the Do’s and Dont’s of American society, American/world geography, and the weather.
As the teaching day progressed and classroom topics were discussed, more knowledge about the cadets in a holistic sense and the Vietnamese students were exchanged along with stronger, unbreakable friendships being formed. As it could be observed during the teaching sessions, all the students were having a good time teaching the cadets about the Vietnamese culture and the country of Vietnam alongside learning about the culture and customs of America from the cadets.
The Vietnamese students’ English skills from this week compared to the week prior, has shown vast display of improvement in conversational skills, pronunciation, and vocabulary that was taught and reinforced to them by team 2. The confidence that team 2 helped instilled in the Vietnamese students’ conversational skills thus far has been shown strongly and proven to be beyond valuable during each day as more is learned and taught.
“Catering to different levels of students in different groups along with keeping the lesson plan fun and interesting.” said cadet Sebika Mazumdar about the most difficult part about the English education trip thus far.
Also, when asked about the easiest part about the trip thus far, cadet Philip Tanenbaum promptly said that “the students’ ability and eagerness to learn” was the best part of this trip.
As the instructional day ended and handshakes were exchanged, team two went on an educational excursion to a few important Vietnam War landmarks. We visited a Vietnamese-French prison that held many Vietnamese sympathizers during the French ruling of Vietnam and held American POW’s during the Vietnam War. We also visited the historic site where Sen. John McCain was famously captured after having his plane shot down in the Vietnam War.
As somber and eerie as the visit was, we took many pictures of historic facts and pictures that were preserved throughout the years from the Vietnam War.
At the end of the long but fun day, each cadet was able to take home with them an unforgettable historic experience that they will be able to pass on to family and friends for the years to come.