Sunday, June 24, 2012


Finally, our holidays come. Although we still have some work to finish, we manage to have as little work as possible on holiday. :-) Sometimes we have to leave duties behind to enjoy our lives for a while. After a week, I have to work hard at university again. Then time to have more relaxing time.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Goodbye to ESP course

It starts and ends, which is normal. We know that in advance. But I still feel missing it. Ten weeks is actually a short time period. No more waiting for 2 pm on Tuesday for new weekly assignments, no more  waiting for Saturday morning and Wednesday morning to check our marks... When I read our instructor's farewell words, I felt really sad. She did not forget to remind us not to stop learning. What I learn here may not be applied to the university's English program but I am sure it will be very useful for me in my teaching career. Many thanks for Sherie, our instructor, for my sponsors and for my friend who always encourages me.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Grey hair

I remember when I was a little child I used to pick up grey hair for my parents. Time flies. Now my mum's hair is almost completely grey and she picked up grey hair for me. She said those who have hair like mine often have unlucky love life. She is still worried about me even I am almost 40. :-)

Believe it or not, there are so many grey hairs on my head. Easy to find them among my very black hair. My mum can recognize grey ones easily without wearing glasses.

Friday, June 8, 2012

ESP online course

I was lucky to be selected to attend an ESP course online in 10 weeks. As I mentioned in my discussions with other participants, ESP is not new to me. It was one of the subjects in my MA course i did 12 years ago. But honestly, this online course is much more interesting and I learnt a lot from it. Perhaps when we have experience, it is easier for us to understand what was complicated 12 years before. So far I have got full credits for my assignments and often get good comments from others. The course is really good for my  teaching. 

One person from Italy said  "I have enjoyed reading your post which is as usually short, clear and concise". She is so good at reading me. I like being short, clear and concise and simple in almost all of my assignments. Besides, I always meet the deadlines for submitting my assignments. I made a joke that I am very good at organizing my life except my love life :-)

One week to go  and then I can get a certificate. Really good, isn't it? I am looking forward to that.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Delayed birthday party

For a long time six of us haven't had a chance to meet. On the occasion of the end of school year and late celebration of my friend's birthday we decided to spend time out together today. As usual, we had a really good time together. Eating, chatting and laughing. Here we are sitting in a mushroom hotpot restaurant near Vincom, our favorite place. We look so happy, don't we? The next meeting will be in July.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Arrival of summer 2012

Welcome to summer 2012. Finally our academic year ended. Yesterday we marked this event with a buffet for all the teachers in the department. The party was given on the 17 floor of a building downtown. It was so fun chatting with colleagues not about our work. Although we stop teaching, we still have to get to university for exam supervision tasks.

Anyhow, a long holiday is ahead of me with some plans. 

I need to do assignments for the online course, which will 2 weeks. Really hard work. I need to register some classes for my son including art class. And I need to prepare some ESP materials for next school year planned to start on 20 August.

What I look forward to doing most this summer is to meet my friend and enjoy my holiday out of Hanoi. At least I will have some relaxing time for myself.