Major Website Updates this Summer

Summer is over and I go back to work tomorrow, so I wanted to post the major updates to my website that I’ve done over the past few months. I’m not sure how much time I will have to devote to my site once the semester gets into full swing.

  • First, I have created an RSS Feed of major updates so that you can add it to your blog reader and be notified instantly of any changes or additions to the site.
  • Thanks to Dan, the first page of the Norwegian tutorial is now up!
  • David & I have almost finished recording the mp3s for the French tutorials. I would love to add audio to the other language tutorials as well, so if any native speakers want to contribute, let me know! (You can use Audacity, which is a free program and really easy to figure out.)
  • The Realia page only contains French and German materials for now, but it includes scans of train tickets, receipts, menus, brochures, etc. so you can see the real language in use.
  • Myles helped me convert most of the pronunciation on French I to standard IPA symbols, which should show up on your web browser correctly if you have a Unicode font installed on your computer.
  • The biggest project this summer has been converting the Foreign Service Institute language courses to HTML pages. Since this is a very time-consuming project, I’ve only finished units 1-2 of French & units 1-3 of German so far.

And of course, I’ve been continuously updating the English Assistants in France guide as well as the ESL Lesson Plans and Language Links pages.

I plan to continue working on the comparative tutorials and to add more interactive exercises, and I’m also thinking about creating an English for Francophones / Anglais pour les francophones page, especially to help with pronunciation – and this way I can record all of the mp3s myself!

All Things American

Mom just sent a package of things that David & I have been missing lately. Now that it’s almost fall, I’m really getting nostalgic for America… and Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas. Apparently as soon as the temperature drops, I lump all of those holidays together. Luckily I should only have to work until noon […]

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Quick Update.

ANPE is still harassing me about finding a job. Just one day after sending me a letter saying it was ok that I didn’t go to the mandatory meeting because I had found a job, they send me an offre d’emploi and apparently want me to tell them for a THIRD time that I have […]

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How’s my accent?

I finally got David to record more mp3s for the French tutorials (we’re now halfway done with French VII, vocabulary for those living in France), and I decided to record myself speaking French as well. I just read the sentences from the first topic on French VII. David (native speaker of French) [podcast]http://www.ielanguages.com/mp3stwo/confusions.mp3[/podcast] Me (native […]

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Martha moves to Turkey

Martha is one of my closest friends from “back home” – i.e. Michigan. I have known her for about 7 years. We met in German 111 at the University of Michigan-Flint and I thought she was the coolest person ever because she had lived in Germany for a few years. Turns out Martha is also […]

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ANPE is on my list now too…

The ANPE is half of the unemployment services here in France. The ASSEDIC is the actual agency that gives you the unemployment benefits (unless you worked for the rectorat), while ANPE helps you with finding a job. When you sign up for unemployment, you have a mandatory meeting at ASSEDIC and a mandatory meeting at […]

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Possibly Free Public Transportation & Museums next week in France

September 16-22 is the Semaine Européenne de la Mobilité so check your city/town’s public transportation websites for information on the programme for the week. La journée des “transports publics” is Wednesday, September 17, so buses, bikes, trams, etc. may be free or have a reduced fare for the day. Here in Annecy, Sibra buses and […]

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Une langue ou plusieurs ? / One language or several?

J’ai passé une semaine à rien faire sauf étudier l’allemand. Ma vie est très “calme” en ce moment parce que je n’ai pas encore commencé à travailler. Je suis toujours en vacances… dans mon appartement à cause de ce merveilleux temps. Je peux faire n’importe quoi (sauf voyager – pas d’argent et pas d’amis) et […]

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Retirement in France

I recently requested my code confidentiel from the Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Retraite so that I could check to see how many trimestres I have accumulated towards retirement in France. (Just type in your social security number and they’ll mail it to you.) For those born during or after 1952, you must accumulate 164 trimestres (41 […]

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Free English lessons for French students

BBC reports:The main teaching union in France has criticised the education minister’s plans to offer free English classes in the school holidays next year. Xavier Darcos announced the plans on Monday, insisting that speaking fluent English was the key to success. He said that while “well-off families pay for study sessions abroad, I’m offering them […]

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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 January 2010, I started focusing more on teaching and learning languages in general. 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 the university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling (though now my trips are usually in Australia) and being an American abroad.

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