As I mentioned before, today was going to be an optional thing, but all the teachers insisted on joining, even though it meant being crammed onto a non-air conditioned bus on non-made up roads to get here. And they were great. We did a few more songs, and they finally got the idea that the games are fun, but they main thing is that the kids are practicing the English whilst they are having fun. Well, I think this might have been something to do with me telling them off for being so bad at the games. My telling off lasted for 1 minute, the translation went on for about 7 and roughly came out as being “Richard is too polite, don’t let his smile fool you, if it was me training you you’d be in big trouble”. And amazingly from there we never had any problems and they did things really well. The teaching in pairs thing worked well and I really could use the line I use at the end of my good long workshops: “Can your children be the best children in the city? YES! Can your children be the best children in the country? YES! And can your children be the best children in world?” YES!.

And with emotion, excitement, passion and genkiness like today, I think they probably could!

To be honest I can’t remember what happened in the afternoon, I was so high on getting the teachers to such a level. Oh yes, now I remember, it was congratulatory beers that never seemed to stop flowing…

Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. And when I was a kid I found school to be sooooo boring... So I transformed my way of teaching. I listened to what the kids were really wanting to say and taught it in ways they really wanted to learn. The results were magical. So I'm sharing it all with you now...