March…

There are only 4 weeks of class left before the spring vacation. Then I work for 2 weeks and 1 day and I am finished! I do enjoy teaching, but I’m starting to feel restless for this summer to arrive. Luckily the weather has been mild this winter, but I am dying for some hot weather and constant sunshine.

Today is David’s and my 4 month anniversary. We’re getting PACSed within the next two weeks as well, as soon as we receive the paperwork from Paris. I’m so happy! I moved to Meythet last month, so our “un an de vie commune” has begun.

I really hope I will be able to renew my contract for next year. Otherwise, I won’t have the right to work in France until February 2008. (Even if you PACS with a French person, you still have to wait a year after you’ve moved in together to have the right to work). I will be giving private English lessons and baby-sitting over the summer, but I only have two more paychecks to receive…

I have finally received my Carte de Séjour and Carte Vitale! Hopefully I can receive some benefits from CAF now. But I need to take care of changing my address first, and then applying for a different Carte de Séjour soon after I’m PACSed. Especially since my current one expires on May 7.

I went to Paris, Geneva, and Barcelona during the last vacation. I was exhausted by the time I had to go back to work. I’m not going anywhere for the spring vacation. I’m tired of travelling and spending money. Two weeks in Annecy will give me time to finally focus on French.

Sometimes I feel like I’m too obsessed with planning lessons. I’m always thinking about what to do in my classes, even after I’m finished with my plans. I just don’t know what is the best way to teach, or what I should teach, or in what order, or how to present it. All through college I learned about teaching methods, but those always seemed to be “what not to do.”

And that takes away time from studying French, which I really need to do. I want to be fluent in this language, and even after 5 months, I do feel better but I’m not quite there yet.

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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