housewife[s].' The monk tells the young teachers to learn, but they have no interest. Perhaps they think it is better to be chastised for not trying than to be seen to try yet still fail. As one student told me; “I get married [to] the boy in my village. We live together, yes, in my village.”
The head monk wants them to learn English. His motivation is clear; his school. He has admirably increased the pass rate of the final school exam in the area from 0% to 15% in the past 8 years, but understandably he wants to make quicker progress. He thinks that learning English will aid this progress process. There are many books and resources in English available to this generator-run, internet-less village.
The head monk is at once the motivation and the stumbling block. Without him there would be no school and there would be no chance of the teachers coming to class. However, on the flip side of that, those who did want to learn would be there under their own steam and we might find that they actually do possess some inner motivation for learning the language that still currently dominates the world.
NEH Director of Studies and Teacher Trainer