English Teaching


Conversational English teaching is something Stacey and I never imagined that we would be doing, and yet it is something that we have come to enjoy.  This spring and winter we have been teaching in two different Hungarian Reformed high schools.  We are teaching a number of classes here in Peterfalva, the village where we live, at the Hungarian Reformed high school.  We have also been traveling to the town of Nagybereg on Tuesday afternoons to have two classes with students there.  New to us this year, is an opportunity to teach university students at a local college in the city of Beregszasz, a larger city about 25 miles from Peterfalva.  I like to joke that I am professor now, but in reality we are simply doing conversational English classes and getting to know the students.  Despite being a public college, we have been allowed to share our faith and to discuss topics of faith and morality with the students.  We have really enjoyed having the opportunity to see into a small window of the students lives.  We hope and pray that through these classes we can be both a witness and a Christ like example.  We have been able to watch and discuss a couple of movies with the students this spring.  We have also enjoyed listening to Christian music and discussing the meanings of the lyrics.

Most of our classes consist of conversation, work sheets, activities and games, but one of our favorite classes we did this spring with students at the high school in Peterfalva was to make American style pancakes.  Stacey’s cousin came for a visit and brought real Canadian maple syrup.  We made chocolate chip pancakes with maple syrup.  The students enjoyed them and it was fun to discuss how maple syrup is harvested, as well as the differences in American and European style pancakes.

As the school year comes to an end, we are looking forward to organizing a number of English camps both in Ukraine and in Hungary.  Please pray for these conversational English camps and pray that we will be a blessing to the students and that the LORD would use us to bring them closer to Christ.

About Eric Hoeksema

Stacey, my wife, and I are located in western Ukraine, living with and working among a Hungarian population in Transcarpathia, Ukraine.

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