I’ve arrived in Focsani and am being made to feel most welcome. I’ve been set up with sleeping accommodations and Prof. Carmen has gone to great pains to be certain I have ample access to meals.
My first day was a drop-in visit on Friday to a couple of classes and to meet a few teachers.
I met a retired music professor, Valentin Gheorghita, well-known as the maestro of local choral groups. He graciously presented me with a pass to that evening’s performance.
Monday found me in the teachers’ lounge, after visiting several more classes, filling out my dance card for the week. Everyone wants me to visit their classes, with even the Spanish teacher trying to figure out a way to shoehorn the English tutor into her class.
After an introductory week I will be encouraging my new colleagues to make the greatest use of my presence as a conversationalist. Drawing out and sharpening the speaking skills of the students is the entire point of my tenure here. We have to find the way that allows the teachers to cover the necessary material and yet allows for maximum speaking time for the students.