August 1, 2005: Headlines: COS - Korea: Priests: Catholicism: Today's Catholic Teacher: Korea RPCV Joe Veneroso was ordained as a missioner priest for Maryknoll

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Korea RPCV Joe Veneroso was ordained as a missioner priest for Maryknoll

Korea RPCV Joe Veneroso was ordained as a missioner priest for Maryknoll

Upon graduation I applied to the Peace Corps, which offered me an opening, so to speak, in a program digging latrines in Latin America. I passed on that, as it were. Seeing my abilities in Italian and German, the Peace Corps sent me instead to Korea to teach English as a second language at Kyungbuk University, which I did from 1970-1972.

Korea RPCV Joe Veneroso was ordained as a missioner priest for Maryknoll

Crib Notes for Teachers

Aug 1, 2005

Today's Catholic Teacher

Caption: The photo above is of Maryknoll Priest Father Dan Ohmann in a prayer meeting in a hutu refugee camp in Tanzania and is *not* Joe Veneroso.

Hi. My name is Joe Veneroso and I am delighted to have this opportunity to write for Today's Catholic Teacher. Let me start by telling you a little something about myself. I am a hyphenated priest. (Most priests are, but I admit it.) For the sake of this column, I will be a priesteducator, but I am also a priest- journalist. (Some readers think I'm a priest-pain-in-the-neck, but I digress.)

Eight years before I was ordained as a missioner priest for Maryknoll in 1978, I graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. Specifically, I majored in teaching languages (Italian and German) on the secondary school level. Upon graduation I applied to the Peace Corps, which offered me an opening, so to speak, in a program digging latrines in Latin America. I passed on that, as it were. Seeing my abilities in Italian and German, the Peace Corps sent me instead to Korea to teach English as a second language at Kyungbuk University, which I did from 1970-1972.

I've been teaching in one capacity or another ever since, whether it was catechism, Bible study, or preparation for SATs. For this column, I hope to draw on my experiences, both good and bad, funny and sad, especially with my current hyphenation: conducting a high school discussion group for Korea American high school students in Queens, N.Y. every Friday night of the school year. It carries the clever name FNM, for "Friday Night Meeting." It has certainly been an education for me.

When I was first teaching English to Koreans, one problem was how to discourage students from speaking in their native language. I have found that humor works best. Here's what I did. On the first day of class I drew a big smiley face, with a wide, toothy grin, on a sheet of paper, one for each student. I posted these on the back wall with a student's name on each. Every time I caught someone speaking Korean in class, I blackened out a tooth.

Students laughed when someone lost a tooth and tried to keep their smiley face intact. Mind you, this was for college students! Should anyone lose all ten teeth, his or her grade got lowered by half a step. Only one student lost all his teeth, and his grade couldn't have gotten any lower anyway. Students could get a tooth "restored" by getting 100 on a quiz. Usually after a few chuckles, the students got the point: to learn English they needed to practice English and nothing else. Humor works. (OK, it was backed up with a little blackmail, but it was still effective.)

Feel free to adapt this to your class situation. And let me know how it went. You may contact me at jveneroso@maryknoll.org.

Have a fun fall semester!

By Father Joe Veneroso, M.M.

Copyright Peter Li, Inc. Aug/Sep 2005





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