I said Krabi. Not Crabs. UPDATE NO. 9

Trip Start Dec 21, 2009
Trip End Aug 07, 2010

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hi everyone. It's been a busy week and I thought I should get a post out of the way before any more time elapses and I have a huge blog deficit to catch up on!

After getting back from Bangkok this week, pretty much everything has been geared towards getting back into the swing of teaching level 5 and keeping them entertained!

Monday's lesson was fairly unevenful, but you can take that to be a good thing as it means that nothing disastrous occured.

Tuesday's lesson was a lot more fun because I decided to expand from the syllabus and not teach the boring-ass lesson that the plan suggested. Instead, I taught my class all about Windsor and general facts about that part of the world. Tom (the 62 year old man) asked which was bigger, a town or a city, so I explained the differences between hamlet/village/town/city. I decided that including metropolis and whatever else was a little pretentious, so I left it at that. They now also know what a county is and about the northern and southern hemispheres. The talk of Windsor was expanded to include the castle and the magnificence that is Legoland. I then spent the last 20 minutes of the lesson teaching my class vocabulary to do with castles, medieval times and old weapons, which I loved. Z, Martin and Ella laughed because all they heard when they walked past my classroom was me saying 'I'm going to invade your castle and attack you with my trebuchet!' That was good fun, in any case.

Wednesday's lesson was pretty dull and consisted of necessary but boring grammar work... something that I felt the class would definitely benefit from, even if none of us particularly enjoyed it.

Today's (Thursday's) lesson was a lot better because once more, I ventured away from the curriculum and did my own thing (something that you can afford to do with level 5, now that they have sufficient understanding and conversational skills). We talked about theme parks, roller coasters and all sorts of fair ground activities. They now know all about carousels, log flumes, roller coasters (including loop the loops!), hotdog stands and bumper cars! The lesson culminated in the 4 students being split into two pairs and drawing their own theme park on the whiteboard, which was awesome fun for them, but also for me to watch! I was being monitored by Kerry (something all the Newly Qualified Teachers have every now and then to make sure that we're still in some way competent teachers) and she said that she had fun watching, was was nice.

Oh, I almost forgot. Tom, bless him, sometimes comes into class with words that he's found online while reading news in English to improve his fluency. Today, he came in with 'clairvoyant' and 'seance' ('uh-oh,' thought Kerry and I, 'how on EARTH do we explain this!?'). Luckily he already knew what they meant. The best one of all though, was when Tom asked me what a 'chill pill' was. Absolutely brilliant! I spent 5 minutes explaining and giving examples for the term 'chill pill.' love itttt!

Tonight, as is always the case on a Thursday night, is party night. Apparantly the theme is
'divas,' something I will fight strongly against, but it doesn't seem as though many people actually care too much about dressign up for it (thankfully).

I also had my hair cut the other day, which was a pretty interesting experience. Try telling a man who can't speak your language exactly how you want your hair to look... it's not as easy as you might think! A few scares later (Z at one point said 'Franck man, I'm sorry. This is NOT looking good right now and I just can't see how he can possibly rescue this.') and it was done. Luckily my mid-haircut-freakout was unfounded, it looked fine (if not a little Top Gun and 90's style!). What was funny was the wet shave that ensued... probably the most unnecessary thing ever! I mean, I'd shaved the night before anyway and it's not a secret that I don't grow facial hair particularly quickly, so he was essentially just shaving my bald chin with a razor which was kinda funny. The photos are going up for your amusement. Note also how the barber looks more like a surgeon than anything else!

Anyway, tomorrow we're teaching at a local kids's school and I'm teaching numbers with Z and Lee, which will be AWESOME. Then everyone's going away for the weekend but I'm sure I'll cover that in its own post, to come.

Right, I'm off but I will actually upload the photos this time - sorry about last time (they're up now though, in case anyone's still interested!).

Speak soon guys! Do keep in touch and let me know how you're all doing! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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