Home Sweet Home
Trip Start Jul 24, 2010
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We gave him the balance of our rent and internet money and then we walked over to Tesco to look for a water cooler/filter, which we had stipulated we wanted included in the apartment along with a shower screen and thicker curtains in the living room
Thursday morning we had training for TEFL-C (Teaching English as a Foreign Language to children) from 9-12 even though it was meant to be our day off. It’s the last thing that Scott and I will do together and it runs for the next 4 weeks, as of Friday we were at our own respective centres.
Thursday afternoon we took our time walking home and checking out things along the way. I bought one of the pretty umbrellas all the Chinese ladies use to protect themselves from the sun and we made our way home for a quiet night, or so we thought
Friday morning we had someone come to install the new shower curtain. After that I had work. It was my last day before I was the new official full-time teacher. I met with my AT and wrote down lots of notes on the students and took a few hours to go through the content that I’d be using over the weekend and learning the songs. Friday night we went out for dinner with Tara, Marjorie and her boyfriend Kevin and a new British guy called Ben who doesn’t work for DE but is a translator with amazing Chinese skills. We had a late dinner at an Italian place and afterwards they wanted to go out to a bar- I was hesitant to join them because I had my first teaching day the next day and my first class started at 9am, but I joined them anyway. It was a great night, but I piked early to ensure I could get some sleep before I was woken at 5.30 by the sunlight coming through the curtains in our bedroom (I’ve spoken with the Landlord about this and hopefully they can get some backing put on them to help me sleep!)- At the moment when I’m woken at that time I put on my eye mask and go back to sleep, but it’s not quite the same as a genuine sleep-in.
Saturday was pretty busy. I taught three classes of 2 hours each and was at work from 8 til 8. I had a class I was warned could be little terrors, but they were OK. All in all, I was pretty happy with how it all went. My AT suggested a dumpling place that delivers for lunch. It was ridiculously cheap
Sunday I taught another 3 classes and also had to meet the parents after each one. A couple of minutes before my first parent presentation I was asked to refrain from mentioning that I come from Australia because some parents might deem it to be an inferior accent! I already had it as a point on my PowerPoint slide and I couldn’t change it because I had a room full of kids that I was teaching! Instead, I did my whole presentation WITH an American accent and mentioned the fact that I had lived in the US for a little bit (1 month as an exchange student when I was 15, but that seemed to work OK!) My class last night was with the most proficient English speakers at the centre. It’s amazing to see how much they know and what kind of complex sentences they can create- we’re looking at prepositions at the moment and they understand. My year 10 students at home struggled with concepts like that! I walked home and for once it wasn’t disgustingly hot and humid (probably still 32 degrees, but it makes a difference) when I got back Scott had had Thai food delivered.
We both had a sleep-in today. We’ll head into work shortly. It should be a pretty busy day for me. I’ve got a meeting, 6 classes worth of comments to write (like reports after every lesson!!!) and 2 classes to teach (but today’s are only 1 hour long!)