This is a photo with me and my male students on the last day of our IELTS preparation course. IELTS stands for “International English Language Testing System” and is used internationally to check students’ English levels for the sake of education and employment. If you are interested, you can check up on it at www.ielts.org I must say that this had to be one of the most enjoyable classes I have ever taught here in Oman. The students were fascinating, motivated to learn and brilliant. Our classes were in the evenings from 5:30 to 8:30pm as most of the students work in various fields during the day. The older gentleman in the back left corner of the photo, Nasser, drove more than an hour back and forth each day all the way from the village of Izki!!! Me and my student, Mohammed Sulaiman, who was a barrel of laughs!
To any teachers out there that are offered a chance to teach an IELTS preparation course, I’d recommend for you to jump at the chance as it was an extremely rewarding experience for me. (Although there was a LOT of preparation and marking involved…)
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I seem to have students from every corner of Oman this semester which is nice. On the map below, 3 different colors represent the hometowns of my students from my 3 different classes. I have students from Nizwa (6), Muscat (6 including 2 from Qurum, 1 from AlKhuwair and 1 from Al Mwalh), Sumill/Samail (4), Ibri (4), Bahla (3), Rustaq (3), Salalah (3), Manah (2), Birkat AlMouz (near Nizwa), Al-Mudhaibi, Al-Khabourah/, Al-Molddah (near Rustaq), Al-Kamil, Al-Wafi, Sohar, Sur, Al-Swiq, Al-Moudhabi, Saham, Ial’aan Bani Bu Ali (near Sur), Nakhal, Al-Hamra, Liwa, Izki, Al-Seeb/Al-Hail and I even have one student from the kingdom of Bahrain! Here is a larger map of Oman (notice the few dots near the bottom representing my students fromSalalah :-)) This is a great map I saw in the Museum of Al-Zubair which shows the 7 different regions of Oman and a little about what they are known for. I think I have students from every region of Oman except for Al-Wusta which is in the middle of Oman.
If someone were to ask me what I love most about Oman I would have to say, “My students are the Oman that I love!!!”
This morning, as usual, I arrived 10 minutes early to the classroom. Two of my male students were there and one of them opened up the back door (for female students) to look outside. I never noticed before just how close we were to the mosque from our class so I asked the gentlemen if they would like to have their photo taken. The gentleman on the right is “Mubarek” which means “Blessed” or “Happy” in Arabic. My student on the left is “Khalfan” which means “successor” or “leader“…So there you have it- together they are “the happy, blessed future leaders of Oman!!!” Seriously though, it is a real honor to teach such a great group of young people, knowing that many of them will indeed be in chief positions of the government, leading their country forward. Wow! What an extreme privilege!
The buses start loading up pretty early on Wednesday afternoons as drivers prepare to take students to their respective villages across Oman. Wednesday classes finish at 2pm as it is the end of the work week here (Sat-Wed) and their weekend is Thursday and Friday. So, while we would say, “Thank God It’s Friday“, I guess they would say “Thank allah It’s Wednesday“.
Some of my F.Y. boys relaxing on a mat as they wait for their friends before taking off to their homes.
My students convinced me to sit down and hang out with them a while over a cup of juice before they all took off for the weekend. All FY students, across campus, have “plotted together” and decided not to come to class next week as it’s the last week before exams start and they feel that they deserve a break…The end of the semester is almost here!
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