Good things come in batches, have you noticed? When things start turning out better, more things will turn out better.
My last hypothesis about everything being slower in the summer proved to be true. Even with decreased online advertisements I got 2 new students the past week and a half so now the number increased to 4 which is almost over my capacity.
I’m proud to say that I’m totally counter-balancing the “lazy crazy hazy days of summer” (Gilmore girls, anyone? 🙂 ) and booked up myself really tight: full-time job Mon-Fri, Spanish course 3×4 hours after work, and 2 or 3 hours of English classes 3 days a week, including a very sacrificial Saturday morning. But hey, if my 57-year-old mum can work 12 hours a day, so can I.
So the lesson here? People don’t want to study in the summer but they definitely seem to wanna try once September approaches.
Do you have the same experience?
I arrived to Budapest a month ago, confident that I’ll get a teaching gig very quick: after all I’ve now got experience, it’s a big city so there must always be people looking to learn English and I’m flexible enough to take any kind of teaching assignment. A month later I know better.
In the general education structure, students, no matter what age, are usually left shockingly alone to figure out how to learn best. I’ll generalise: they are taught the content but are hardly given advice in retaining it. Learners are disheartened because they try and try and don’t feel a good enough improvement. Thankfully, there’s great research and information out there about learning strategies that can be applied for languages as well. Inspired by the MOOC I’m taking about “Learning to Learn“, let me share my favourites. Continue reading “Do you teach learning techniques?”
The following reading is for a teenage group, aged 13-16 but I believe it could be used for any ages upwards. The class is currently preparing for a B1 exam. (This is a lower intermediate level.)
Teaching reading can be difficult depending on the students. Some are naturally interested and find reading enjoying, others need more than a little push. Prompted by the “Teach English Now! Second Language Reading, Writing, and Grammar” course I’m doing on Coursera (it’s free so you can also join if you’d like) I was thinking about what kind of texts can we use in the classes, and what kinds I enjoy teaching.
Continue reading “A collection of stories to use for teaching intermediate learners”
Many of us teachers don’t work at the moment being summer and all but it also gives time for self-improvement, catching up with the news of the world, doing courses, professional and recreational reading and more. In the current “knowledge economy” as some would say, being an autodidact or at least an autodidactic self-improver if that’s a thing, is easy. Let me share my recent favourites with you.
Continue reading “Time for self improvement – 5 articles to help you”
The rumours were true: no feedback from the boss meant they were satisfied. My colleague kept saying:
“Just wait, they’ll ask you the last week to stay on!”
Continue reading “Leaving Spain”
Sometimes the discussion of a song is about the overall meaning, other times it’s about a specific detail or expression.
Continue reading “Zoom on it”