Friday, December 18, 2009

“I Want to Become English Teacher and Interpreter”

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Heng Oddam, 20, one of The University of Cambodia’s “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2008” students, was born in Sourng district, Kampong Cham province. He has one brother and one sister and he is the second brother in his family. His father is a police officer and his mother is housewife living in Kampong Cham province.

Oddam is now studying English Literature at The University of Cambodia (UC) after he passed the UC’s scholarship exams in 2008. Before applying for studies with UC, he studied at Tbong Khmum High School in Kampong Cham, and earned a Baccalaureate in 2008.

He then applied to study English Literature with UC following the introduction of the Samdech Techo Hun Sen “Vision 100”scholarships and “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships” in 2008.

“When I passed the UC scholarship exam I felt very excited because I never had this opportunity before and I think that I am lucky that I passed the scholarship exam of The University of Cambodia without paying the tuition,” he said during an interview with The Southeast Asia Weekly on December 16.

Oddam said that he decided to apply for the scholarship to study English Literature at UC because he didn’t want to spend his parent’s money for his study in Phnom Penh. On the other hand, he knew that UC was the best university and its educational program is very much up-to-date curriculum modeled on the modular system in the United States of America.

“I was interested in English Literature since I was studying at Tbong Khmum High School in Kampong Cham province,” he said. “I decided to study English Literature because I want to speak English well and to become a professional English Teacher in the future.”

Oddam went on to say that since he has studied English with UC so far, his English ability including writing, reading, and speaking skills, have improved and he can also communicate in English well with his friends as well as foreigners in Cambodia.

“I decided to apply to study with The University of Cambodia because I want to become an English teacher or English interpreter in the future,” said Oddam.

To earn a Bachelor’s Degree with UC, Oddam said he will try to study hard, do exercises or homework and also read books related to his studies. He takes advantage of sources like the internet and English newspapers to perform additional research in his field.

He continued to say that he also plans to study for a Master’s Degree in English Literature with The University of Cambodia in the future.

Taing Ratha, 20, a second year engineering student of the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, and a close friend of Heng Oddam, praised Heng Oddam’s hard work to get the scholarship. He said that he has known Heng Oddam since he was studying with him in grade 10 at Tbong Khmum High School in Kampong Cham province. He added that Oddam was a hard learner and he was also one of the top ten students in his class.

“I hope that with his hard study and work, he will pass a Bachelor’s Degree with UC and he will realize his dreams and become a future good English teacher,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview on December 18. ////

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