I’m not a quitter. I am stubborn and strong minded, I hate showing signs of weakness, I hate asking for help and I hate giving in. This, however, is different. Here is how I learnt an expensive and upsetting life lesson. This is no literary masterpiece as I am writing it very quickly whilst packing […]
chào mừng ngày nhà giáo Việt Nam! Not content with celebrating Christmas Day, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Women’s Day , Children’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Reunification Day, Tet, Lantern Festival, the anniversaries of various kings, Workers’ Day and a whole host of lunar and Buddhist related days, the Vietnamese have had Teachers’ Day for 30 years. And in true […]
When you live in a country where bag snatching is common, or when you move countries a lot and miss the benefits of a phone contract with free upgrades, this is what happens: Everybody buys the cheapest phone available here, for a cool 500,000 VND you get this stylish mobile device. This is just in […]
I got one of my teenage classes to write cover letters to apply for jobs. This one wrote to be my PA. Am I that transparent? Obviously she was hired immediately.
My favourite collection of tenses; the future, including the oft neglected and awkward sounding future perfect continuous. This time in one week I will have been working in Vietnam for one year. This time in two weeks I will have finished working at my main employer, the private language school. This time in three weeks […]
This blog title is a twist on Nietzsche’s Ecce Homo chapters ‘Why I am so wise/Why I am so clever’, except that I am not a German philosopher, nor do I have such an impressive moustache or canon of works . I might succumb to eventual insanity like ole Friedrich though. Also perhaps using ‘canon’ to describe […]
This is the very first class I taught, they have finished their course and this is their finishing party. I made them all balloon models with balloons my dad sent from home. Even though I hadn’t made any for about 8 years I think I did an OK job of balloon dogs, flowers, swans and swords!
They’re a nice class and luckily every single one of them past their exams and re-signed so I will continue teaching them at the next level!
Once again I still don’t have a camera so this was taken on a friend’s phone, hence the low quality.
I got my first CSS back today. That’s Customer Satisfaction Survey and it’s what the students fill out towards the end of their course to evaluate what they think of it. Things like if they think you’re a good teacher, how friendly you are, how much they think they are progressing etc. It was for […]
Disclaimer: This is a boring rant about a grammar disaster, I wouldn’t be offended if no one read it! I pride myself on keeping up the appearance of a teacher who knows what she’s doing, whilst quietly panicking on the inside. I like to think of it more as acting than teaching. This has been working pretty well for […]
These are photos of my smallest class- as in, amount of students, not height, although the latter is also true. Most of my classes have 19 students, this one only has 9! Plus 2 were away so it was very cosy. I came back after break and found they’d drawn an entire ocean on the […]