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.

Bonne Année !

So much has happened in the past two months. I spent Christmas and New Year’s in France with my boyfriend’s family. My vacation was a little hectic because I got sick twice and I even missed the first week back at work in January because I had a horrible flu. But I did manage to […]

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Two months

I can’t believe it’s almost December. The past 2 months have flown by. I’ve already received my second paycheck and there are only 3 more full weeks of class before Christmas vacation. I’ve been really enjoying my work here in France. The teachers and students are nice, and a lot of them earnestly want to […]

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Salzburg, Austria

This past weekend I went to Salzburg with a few other assistants. We rented a car and drove there and it took 12 long hours. But Austria was just as beautiful as I remembered it. I would love to live in the Austrian countryside someday. Attempting to speak German after not studying it for 5 […]

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Vacation already?

I have two weeks of vacation coming up: les vacances de Toussaint. I don’t work again until November 6. I don’t know if I’ll go anywhere since I still haven’t been paid, but it’s nice to have a vacation already! I might go to Grenoble to visit a friend, or maybe Lyon because I’ve heard […]

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Three weeks later

I’ve been in France for 3 weeks now. I love it here. Annecy is so beautiful and the mountains are always in sight. I’ve made some good friends with the other language assistants and work is fun. I like all of the English teachers I work with and the students are enthusiastic about learning English. […]

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Bonjour !

Je suis arrivée en France ! J’habite à Seynod, une banlieue d’Annecy. J’ai acheté un téléphone portable et j’ai ouvert un compte bancaire hier. Je me suis bien installée ici. I have arrived in France! I live in Seynod, a suburb of Annecy. I bought a cell phone and opened a bank account yesterday. I […]

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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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