I’m here! Rajesh my host met me at the airport, he works at the City school, he took me to my lodgings and promised to meet me on Saturday morning for a tour. I pretty much just unpacked and fell asleep, that’s jet lag for you!
When I woke up I had a bit of a wander, the café just up from my lodgings has Wi-Fi, so I quickly messaged everyone to say I had arrived.
Rajesh took me on a tour of the Calcutta, interestingly it was the British Capital which is where the name Calcutta comes from, locally it is known as Kolkata. I’ll have to remember that when I’m teaching phonetics and pronunciation! I’m not sure how to pronounce the name of the local river Hooghly river, Raj found it really funny trying to teach me!
My first day went well, I’m teaching English to adults, mostly factory workers from a nearby company who is sponsoring the training as they want to promote people into positions where they will be trading directly with English speaking companies. I’ve done my lesson plan around commonly used business words like trade, factory, sell, sale, invoice, and cost. They all have the very basic English that they teach in the schools here so I’ve asked them to slot the right word into sentences. I think the main area I need to concentrate on with them is ensuring they get the right context and grammar, both in their written and spoken English. One of the things my tutor recommended was using TV soaps, as these help the students understand accents I now have a class full of Eastenders fans!
I went out for a meal with some of the other tutors tonight; I also had my first ride in a rickshaw. I can’t get over how cheap things are here the tuk tuk cost about 50p and the three course curry (which was in a very posh restaurant) about £3. I also hope to get out to the countryside at some point and see some tigers, I’ve spotted a few working elephants in the city.
Right I’d better start looking at writing a few more lesson plans!