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October 17, 2021, 7:24 pm

English teacher’s free classes help poor Vietnamese

(16:24:44 PM 10/12/2013)
(Tinmoitruong.vn) - Compassionate towards poor children and orphans, Patrick Smith from Manchester City, UK, and his Vietnamese wife offer three free English classes in the southern beach city of Vung Tau.


 

The Englishman, 61, is informally called ‘Ông giáo Tây’ (Western teacher) by his pupils.

After marrying Le Thi Hiep, also an English teacher, he settled in Vung Tau.

Now, he and Hiep offer three free classes: one in Phuoc Hung Commune of Long Dien District and two in Chi Linh on Le Hong Phong Street in the city.

Patrick also searches local bookstores to buy songbooks and paintings to help his pupils develop natural linguistic skills.

Thanh Loi, a pupil in Phuoc Hung, said, “It’s a lot of fun to learn with my Western teacher. He taught us to play games and sing English songs.”

Ms. Tran Thi Bao Tram, whose child attends one of the free classes, said, “We are immigrant workers and live in a rented room. We are poor and our two children are school-age. We send our children to the Western teacher to learn, hoping they will have a better future.”

Modest about his help, the ‘Western teacher’ said simply, “Poor children also want to learn and go to school. Poor pupils also have their dreams and ambition in life. I am glad to see many of my pupils become teachers and return to my free classes to help me. I am happy to help.”

Mr. Smith, a former lecturer at Manchester University in the UK, taught English for ten years in South Korea and two years in Japan. He currently teaches English to the staff of an oil company in Vung Tau.

Source: tuoitrenews
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