Adventures in Teaching Abroad
Posted on Saturday, April 04, 2009
Seadale '09 Teaches English in Vietnam
As a senior who graduated early after the fall term, Caitlin Seadale '09 was ready to take her HWS education with her halfway around the world to teach English to children in Vietnam. Currently, Seadale, a religious studies major, teaches English at the VUS: The Viet Nam-U.S.A. English School and the Viet Nam Australia International School. In addition, she is involved with the Sai Gon Movement, a program that offers movement classes (focusing on balance, speed, footwork, hand/eye coordination) for young children.
In her role at the Viet Nam Australia International School, Seadale teaches kindergarten through sixth grade students in all subjects. At VUS, she teaches English to preteens and business English to adults. In both schools, her role as a native English speaker is to model and correct pronunciation and speaking and to introduce new vocabulary. When she's not in the classroom, Seadale is planning weekly movement classes at Sai Gon Movement with its owner who co-teaches the classes with her.
Thinking about her new home, Seadale explained that, "There's nowhere else I'd rather be right now. After studying abroad here in the fall of 2007 and learning some of the language, I really feel that this is one of my homes. After graduating a semester early from HWS, I knew this is where I needed to return."
While abroad, Seadale has immersed herself in all things Vietnamese. She explained that, "My everyday life is very Vietnamese as I eat all Vietnamese food, travel by motorbike taxis and speak Vietnamese when I'm not teaching English."
As if all of her teaching in Vietnam weren't enough, Seadale has also contributed as a singer in the country. In February, she performed a Puccini mass with the Ho Chi Minh City Symphony Orchestra. "It was awesome to finally be a part of a Vietnamese choir," explained Seadale, a trained vocalist who sang with the Colleges Chorale and Cantori.
However, Seadale's adventures in teaching abroad bring her one step closer to her career goal - but not in a predictable way. "I hope to go to Yale Divinity School and become a chaplain in a hospital, which is what I've wanted to do for quite some time now," Seadale explained. "Teaching English allows me to be closer to children and to constantly interact with people. In my daily life here I am constantly reminded that people are the most important thing in life. Interacting with people, being close with people, even missing people at home is what life is all about."
To stay up-to-date with what Seadale's life is all about, visit http://cseadale.blogspot.com.
While studying at HWS, Seadale majored in religious studies and minored in peace studies and philosophy. Outside of the classroom, she was involved in William Smith club ice hockey, lacrosse and rugby, Campus Peer Ministry, the College's Chorale and Cantori. She is the scholarship recipient of the Willcox Award.