There was a party for the English department last night. Students performed skits and songs in the late afternoon then went to a restaurant. Each language department usually hosts an annual party with performances and awards, assisted by student leaders. The parties are called, “Thai Night” or “Chinese Night”, etc. It is not about the cultures and barely a word of these target languages is ever spoken at such events; rather, it is for the students majoring in these subjects to celebrate the end of the academic year. The English department hosts parties like these every year, but they changed the format this year to make it an afternoon gig and the meal out, paid by the department. There may have been sponsored banquets before, but this is the first time that the foreign English teachers have been invited to join them in the feast. Only three of us went: Y, C and I. Well, there was very short notice—barely 24 hours. It was a wonderful table-top cooked meal with brisket and greens, plus a little beer and soju, of course. I enjoyed it, even if C is a very loud and domineering table conversationalist. (Actually, I deliberately sat a couple of seats away, and our department head moved to the other side of the room!)
I had to go back to teach the eight o’clock composition class. I gave them a paragraph-writing exercise to do while I marked their latest assignment in class. The students were in a good mood because we have evolved into a productive and pleasant group. Also, I had just given them signs of encouragement in the form of individual assessments with comments from a positive perspective.
Visaprint’s website is inoperable again today. It has been frequently in the past two weeks. Yesterday’s post has thus been delayed.