Once I had gone into school, things looked up. I was invited to lunch in a different subject office. Up till now I have eaten with the English Department (pictured) and apparently all the other departments want a chance. We had deep fried fish and ful (bean stew). Afterwards they were very insistent that I stay and help them speak English, which I did.
By request I was asked to do the ‘Old woman who swallowed a fly’ lesson for a class later in the day, so it clearly wasn’t the flop that I felt it had been. As I get more practice I am definitely getting better at teaching, which is very reassuring. Yesterday I gave a lesson using two teams to do a vocabulary test, which went well too. I am greatly helped by the fact that my students, no matter how little they can say, are bursting with smiles and general enthusiasm. It is very infectious and brings out the best in me in class so that I am able to give some very lively lessons.