For those patients that contacted or visited our office over the past two years, you probably became familiar with Chris Norwood, our former front office coordinator. Chris left our clinic at the start of the New Year to embark on an adventure overseas, teaching English through the Fulbright Scholar Program. We have kept up with Chris on his journey abroad in Malaysia, and SLP Jody recently had the opportunity to go visit Chris' new hometown and visit his school. While she was there she sat down with Chris to learn more about his experience to share with his friends at Sound!
What has been your favorite part of the Fulbright program so far?
My favorite part of the Fulbright program is the opportunity to live, share, and be a part of a community abroad. The Fulbright program was founded in 1946 by US senator William J Fulbright as a program of international educational-exchange. Today Fulbright offers grants in over 140 countries worldwide under the U.S. Department of State. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct one-on-one interactions to promote mutual understanding around the world.
What has been the hardest part about teaching English?
The hardest part about teaching English is simply getting the students to talk without being worried of making mistakes. In a lecture based classroom many students have never engaged in conversational English I plan speaking activities/games to get them active and realize all they have to do is try.
How has your time at Sound prepared you for what you are doing overseas?
Speech-therapy sessions at Sound helped prepare me for teaching English because both are working towards communication goals. Much like the SLPs at Sound I work to incorporate writing, listening, speaking, and reading activities to target all aspects of language, learning and comprehension.
What is your favorite food you've discovered?
At the center of Malaysian culture is a wonderfully diverse cuisine. My favorite food thus far has been Nasi Lemak: a rice dish cooked in coconut milk, served with eggs, sliced cucumber, small dried anchovies, roasted peanuts and a spicy red sauce.
What do you miss the most about the states?
I miss the burritos, tortilla chips, and guacamole in the mission.
What would you like to say to all the patients at Sound!
I would love to say hello to all the patients at Sound! Hope you are doing well and continuing to work hard towards your communication goals.
We are so proud of all the work you are doing Chris, and can't wait to see you when you return to the states!