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An Interview with Lathsamy Chanthavongsa by Isabella Stryj

Lathsamy Chanthavongsa is an English teacher at Phang Heng Primary School, teaching Preschool class 1 and classes 3-5. For the last six-and-a-half weeks we got to know each other quite well and it was a pleasure to work with her. During our time together there were some questions about her life and profession that really interested me.

Now I would like to share her answers with you.

Please introduce yourself!
My name is Miss Lathsamy. I am 28 years old. I live in Nongyao Village, District Naxaython.

Why and how did you become an English teacher?
Because I like and want to know to talk English. When I teach I want student they can write and can read, talk English well.
When I come a teacher I went to studies 3 year ago. I studies at Bankeun college. When I finish I went to teach at Bounkeud Private School. I teach 3 year ago.

What do you like about your job?
My job I like to teach students. I want to give student they can talk and write English.

And what do you not like about your job?
About my job I not like some thing. Example director talk a lot.

What do you think about the student teachers from Germany?
I think for teacher from Germany very happy because all teacher come here they help any thing for student and teacher in Lao. For me they help me for teach English well and I can speak English is better and anything to help.

Do you have any wishes?
I have wishes in this school. O need teacher Germany come to school and help teacher for to teach and I give computer and anything for to teach students.

Lathsamy with her son Boun

Thank you very much!

Text and photo by: I. Stryj

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