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US teacher builds class from Vietnamese songs

US teacher builds class from Vietnamese songs

Fuller performs Trinh Cong Son songs with Vietnam's famous saxophonist Tran Manh Tuan at Jazz Club Sax N'Art on November 16.

Fuller carries brooms he has bought from Tan Dinh market near his home. The teacher does all the housework.

Fuller plays with children in his neighborhood. People love him and call him by the Vietnamese name he made himself Tran Phong Phu. "Phong phu" means rich or plentiful.

Fuller likes to discover places on his bicycle. He always has six bikes at home for anyone who wants to join him on an exploratory bike ride around town.

The teacher takes a shortcut under Nguyen Van Troi Bridge to school.

Fuller sings and plays guitars in his English lessons.

Fuller has a collection of Trinh Cong Son's songs and has translated around ten into English so far.

Fuller walks by the Nhieu Loc Canal near his rented home in HCMC. He said he has chosen Vietnam as his second home.

Fuller shows a card given to him on Vietnam Teachers' Day November 20, which almost made him cry. The students love to hear him sing beautiful Vietnamese songs translated into English.

A student laughs while singing a Vietnamese song with English lyrics. Fuller has translated folksongs and songs by the late composer Trinh Cong Son. Students write down the English lyrics as he sings.

Richard Fuller tells a story in his classes. Besides academic knowledge, the American teacher is particular about teaching his students social skills and behaviors, said the school principal.

Fuller performs Trinh Cong Son songs with Vietnam's famous saxophonist Tran Manh Tuan at Jazz Club Sax N'Art on November 16.
Fuller carries brooms he has bought from Tan Dinh market near his home. The teacher does all the housework.
Fuller plays with children in his neighborhood. People love him and call him by the Vietnamese name he made himself  Tran Phong Phu.
Fuller likes to discover places on his bicycle. He always has six bikes at home for anyone who wants to join him on an exploratory bike ride around town.
The teacher takes a shortcut under Nguyen Van Troi Bridge to school.
Fuller sings and plays guitars in his English lessons.
Fuller has a collection of Trinh Cong Son's songs and has translated around ten into English so far.
Fuller walks by the Nhieu Loc Canal near his rented home in HCMC. He said he has chosen Vietnam as his second home.
Fuller shows a card given to him on Vietnam Teachers' Day November 20, which almost made him cry. The students love to hear him sing beautiful Vietnamese songs translated into English.
A student laughs while singing a Vietnamese song with English lyrics. Fuller has translated folksongs and songs by the late composer Trinh Cong Son. Students write down the English lyrics as he sings.
Richard Fuller tells a story in his classes. Besides academic knowledge, the American teacher is particular about teaching his students social skills and behaviors, said the school principal.