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ọ I would make so many mistakes. The Students may laugh at me.

ọ I would make so many mistakes. The Students may laugh at me.
ọ I would make so many mistakes. The Students may laugh at me.
ọ I would make so many mistakes. The Students may laugh at me.
I would make so many mistakes. The Students may laugh at me.
I would make
so many
mistakes. The
Students may
laugh at me.

I feel more confident …
I feel
more
confident …

When I agreed to teach you, I did not realize the enormity of responsibility I was going to undertake. I am already busy with my thesis, my practicum, my part-time job and a myriad of other trivial things. Therefore, I sometimes feel dead tired and terribly depressed when I am unable to sleep in at the weekend because our lessons are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays. I think you disrupt my life and deprive me of the moments I want to do something for myself. I also often have deep hatred for you because you are so demanding. In the evenings, I am totally immersed in my work when you first startle me with a “buzz” even though I tell you not to do so again and again, then continually bombard me with questions about English grammar and require full, clear explanations until you are satisfied. Usually, I try to remain patient but one time my anger with you for wasting my valuable time led to a quarrel. The result was you were too angry to continue learning and I was left fuming at you. Instead of reaching a compromise, you and I exchanged angry words about each other, which was also a waste of time and a mental constraint for both of us. You blamed me for not taking teaching you seriously and complained about my inability to give clear explanations; I accused you of not being sympathetic with me because I already have my hands full without giving you free lessons at the weekend and in the evening. After a heated “debate” about who was wrong, you decided to have no more lessons with me and received my immediate consent

because both of us were too angry at that time to admit our mistakes.

It happened a long time ago, but looking back to that memory, I can still feel my face redden. I wonder how I could be such a bad teacher given that I have always determined to become one who is highly committed to her career. But things are different now. After that big argument, both of us calmed down and decided to talk in earnest. We listened to each other’s feelings, admitted our mistakes and tried to work out a feasible solution. Never before had I had the chance to get to understand my student so thoroughly. Your reasonable words awakened me to the true meaning of teaching. I realize that knowledge is important but not enough to make a good teacher. That is to say, being a teacher requires great commitment, knowledge and love for their students as well. Now, each lesson is no longer a burden but a valuable experience for me. Even though I sometimes get annoyed with you, I know how to express it in a suitable way so that you do not feel discouraged. I am also learning how to explain things clearly. And, although I am still very busy and sometimes long for a day entirely to myself, I put a lot of effort into teaching you. Thank you for opening my eyes about what teaching is.

Nguyen Thi Dung – 061.E1

“Life would be a severe trial … I realized a lot of hardship and happiness…”

It’s nearly six months - over a semester since I left the high school behind me and went to university. To tell the truth, it’s not easy for me to adapt myself to this new environment. Everything – from classmates, teachers to teaching methods, was so strange to me at first. I come from Quang Binh - a province in central Vietnam, which made it very difficult for me to make friends with the others - just because of my accent. However, after a long time, I felt very happy to have the chance to learn in this new class. My classmates’ friendliness gradually helped bridge the distance between us. Besides, every lesson was so relaxing that all of us were eager to be taught by enthusiastic teachers. They are young, talented and sympathetic. They are the people who always help us when we are in trouble. Our skills have improved considerably thanks to their help. Therefore, I do not consider sitting at auditoriums and listening to lectures a waste of time.

Before going to university, I used to envision that life would be a severe trial. That’s right - but only in some ways. I experienced a lot of hardships and found happiness at the same time. I really felt blessed with coming across so many hardships. There are no days passing without me learning more and more. This environment helps me widen not only my bookish knowledge but also my understanding about people around me and the society. It enriches my mind and beautifies my soul a lot. I am very proud to be a student at this university. I know that there will be a lot of difficulties in the road ahead but I’ll always try my best in order to have a successful future.

Like many other first-year

students at this

can

be free

to tell

her my thoughts and my

university, I find it difficult

to be confident

in

problems as well. She realized my lack of

myself. I feel as if there was an invisible shell

confidence and encouraged me a lot. “It is

covering me. I made me feel so shy that I

quite difficult but try to overcome yourself, be

often kept

silent even when

I

was asked to

confident to say anything you like”, she said.

perform a simple task like describing a picture.

She used to be as shy as me and therefore

In each speaking lesson, time seemed to pass slowly; the atmosphere seemed to be oppressive. Oh, each speaking lesson was really a burden to me. This situation had still

she lost some opportunities. She does not want me to make the same mistake. You cannot imagine how happy I was when hearing that. Before talking to me, I was really

continued until

two

weeks

 

ago

when

two

confused; I needed a sharing, an advice or

trainee teachers came to our class.

At first

only an encouragement. And she gave me all I

sight,

I took notice

of

the teacher

who looks

need. Those simple things brought me a

rather quiet and strict with her arms folded in front of her chest. However, when I looked into

strange power. Since then, I have gained belief and confidence to speak what I think, to

her

eyes

and

her

smile,

I

felt

something

do what I like and to be myself. Believe me or

contrasting. After adding her yahoo

not, this change has an important meaning.

messenger address,

I

found something

Now, I

want to tell you that “Be confident to

interesting. She is only two years older than me. I consider her as a friend and a sister so I

overcome yourself, believe in your ability, the

wonder will come”.

My dear readers,

Vu Linh Giang – 09E23

What do you feel about the campus life?

About me,

I

think

it

is

an interesting and

challenging life. There are not only chances

but also challenges and difficulties, so we should

prepare carefully to be able to achieve the best

results. In this article, I give you five vital skills for

students (“vital” – it is just my idea, :D). Maybe I don’t

have

a

lot

of

experiences to be sure that they are

necessary for all students but I do hope that they are useful for you.

Firstly, it is stress management skill.

When you are a student, there are many activities for you to do, for example:

studying (of course), doing part-time work, going out, volunteering, etc

...

Day

after day, all make you tired and stressful, you can also be confused with

deadlines. So, you should:

Find yourself “a peaceful corner”: listening to your favorite songs, sleeping

with hugging a warm pillow or going out with your closest friends, even

eating your favorite foods, etc

...

Do things which help you feel comfortable

and be yourself!

Press button “stop”: stop all for a moment then rearrange them in a logical

way. Working scientifically helps you save your time and discharge stress

Thirdly, this is communicative skill.

effectively.

It is very necessary for you to persuade everyone and make them

understand what you mean.

Practice speaking skill: you can practice this skill with your friends, your

family, and even strange persons. Try to think and choose topics which

attract everyone; you shouldn’t ask questions such as “How are you?” or

“What did you do yesterday?” etc. because they are quite boring.

Practice listening skill: listen to everyone, listen to their problems.

These help you know more about them, thereby you can communicate

with them easily and effectively.

Persuade and debate: begin with bargaining when you go to markets,

you will improve skills of persuading and debating.

Finally, it is ...

Secondly, leadership skill is also very important. It is

necessary at university and it is helpful for you to apply a

good job after graduating, too.

Be a good member: in order to become a successful

leader, you should be a good member firstly. You

had better learn good points from leaders and avoid

their bad points.

Be confident, be prestigious. They are keys for every

success.

Then, time management skill is one of “five

vital skills for students”.

You should have term calendars at the beginning

of a term, weekly schedules, daily schedules or

to-do-list to make the best use of your time.

What should you do when you fail or have difficulties? Be silent or share your trouble with someone? No one can help

you solve your problems thoroughly. All are up to you.

List things which encourage you, for example: your favorite maxims, your idols, your previous failures, etc ...

Achieve small successes everyday: you should plan small targets everyday and finish them. They are motivations for

you to be more confident and have more elation for next plans.

There is no the word “fails” in “your dictionary”.

If you want to have these skills, you need practice them every day and it is not simple and easy. However, you will win when you want. Nothing is impossible. Nothing is unreachable. Fighting!

Life in the future

The future is the field that I think no one

can know how it will be. Our

own future life

belongs to ourselves. However, to some extent,

it also depends on our own luck. And I am sure

that all of us hope to have a beautiful life.

As for me, I wish I would have a settled and

happy life. Now I have a happy family with my

parents, my sister and my brother.

All of us

always love and take care of each other, which

is enough for me.

Furthermore, in the future, I expect to have

a good husband. I think maybe I will have a

perfect family.

Now

I

am

a

first-

year

student at

University of Language s

and

International Studies. In the future I will becom e a teacher. That means if I try my best to study, I will get a good job. Moreover, t eaching has

been my dream since I was a child. As for me, there is nothing that can make me happier than doing my favorite job. In addition, I love my hometown, which makes me want to live and work there. I want to devote my ability to my beloved country. I always feel happy because I have many friends who all the time stand by and help me whenever I have difficulties. They also share with

me pleasure and experience in our

life. I hope in the future our

friendship will never change and we can be good friends forever. I know, there are a lot of difficulties which I must overcome in the

future. Maybe I will have failure and sadness, however, I believe if I make effort I will get a good future life.

Bui Thi Nhu Ngoc 09.1.E4

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MY OPINION ABOUT UNIVERSITY

Written by Nguyen Huong Thao – 09.E21

There is a famous quote, saying “Life is the most effective school”. It is undeniable that people often learn much from the reality ; however, from what I have experienced, I find myself warmly appreciate what the academic schooling, especially the university, has taught me. Since I stepped into the university, I have learned big lessons of active self-stydying and effective communication skills thanks to the knowledge I have learn at the university.

My first benefit from tertiary education is the ability to learn something by myself. As you may know, self- study is a must at university. In addition to attending various classes, I have to prepare for any of them; do a lot of reading, finish all the required exercises and assignments, make reports, do research, take part in seminars, etc. These activities gradually build up my habit of self-study. This habit allows me to work independently and creatively in whatever field I choose to get involved in because I am able to gain further knowledge and skill through my own study.

Adding to that, I have also learned how to think clearly and express myself briefly and precisely. As people are getting busier and busier in their fast-track lives, I am always highly aware of saving time for both myself and the ones I communicate with. In order to save my time, I have to think as clearly and critically as I can. To save the precious time of whom I have an opportunity to communicate with, either orally or in the form of any written document, I always try my best to guarantee that what I say is brief, relevant, and clear enough to be understood immediately. In other words, I force myself to provide my listener or reader with as much information as needed in such a way that both my energy and his/her time and effort can be saved.

Generally speaking, people may hold different views on education: it is only a waste of time to some while to others it is one of the inevitable/necessary factors strongly influencing their success or failure in life. I belong to the later, highly valuing what tertiary education brings to me. Therefore, it deserves my great efforts to meet all its requirements, the initial requirements of any well-educated person.

The dream of being rich A man is put in prison for 12 years. The first
The dream of being rich A man is put in prison for 12 years. The first
The dream of being rich
A man is put in prison for 12 years. The first day in prison, he catches
an ant and has an idea: 12 years in prison will be really boring and
after that, I will be very poor. Why don t I teach this ant speaking
human language? And I will be financial! Yes! That is a wonderful
idea!
Then he embarks on his work immediately. After 12 years, his ant can
speak human language and he is released.
The first free day after 12 years, he jumps into a luxury restaurant. He
sits at the table at the centre of the restaurant and put the ant in a
dish. He asks a waiter:
- What is this?
The waiter kills the ant by his finger and says:
-
Still falling!
Two people were climbing a rock-
mountain. Suddenly, one slipped and
felt
A: Are you OK?
B: I don t know! I am still falling!- he
shouted
A: :-o
I m sorry! We will pay more attention to
food hygiene!!!!!!!!!!!!
-
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanh 09E8
I don t know!
Le Thuy 09E8
In a physics class
Teacher: Do you know the speed of sound,
Anne?
Anne: Well, I don t know. Because I have
never tried running after sound!
Le Thuy 09E8
Never teach a policeman! In one sunny morning, after a stressful exam, my Math teacher told
Never teach a policeman!
In one sunny morning, after a stressful exam, my Math teacher
told us one real story, which happened to her when she was very
young ...
On that day, she crossed over a red light and had to pay the
charge by an old judge of the traffic court. She explained to him
that she was a school teacher and she had to get back to her class,
so she asked the judge to take care of her case quickly.
"Well, well," the judge said. "So you are a school teacher? I have
been waiting for many years to fine a teacher in my court. Please sit
right down at that table and write, I will not run a red light again ,
500 times." That s it: Never teach a traffic policeman!
Ngoc 09E8
Reason!
Three students were late for school. The teacher asked
them:
-Why did you go to school late, guys?
The students answered one by one.
Student one said:
-Teacher, because I got up late. Last night I dreamt of
an exciting football match. This match ended in a draw.
Then, the referee let the match turn to extra time. I had
to see it until the end so I couldn't get up and go to
school on time.
Student two:
-When I was walking near to the school, I saw a sign
that says ''Slow down! Ahead is school!''. I followed it
and was late.
Teacher:
-Ok, and the last one? What's your reason?
Student three:
-Teacher, it's said that ''you are never too old to learn!''
So why do I have to go to school early?
Teacher: ??? ...
LET S SMILE WITH US!
Minh Ha 09E8