Ready for my Rentrée

School starts in 11 days and I’m so excited! I love my job and being on vacation for nearly 5 months was getting a little old. I can’t wait to get back in the computer room and audio labs and play with the technology teach students English. Everything will be so much easier this year since I know what to expect and I’ll have a lot of the same students because I teach first and second year classes.

Plus there’s a new American lectrice in the literature-based/future teachers language department that I’ll probably be sharing labs with. (I teach in the business/international relations-oriented language department.) My schedule for the semester is almost finalized. I have six pronunciation labs, four translation labs, three vocabulary classes, and one class of “soutien” for the exchange students from the Aosta Valley in Italy. I love these students. They are so motivated! They’re studying their 3rd (English) and 4th (Spanish or German) languages and their English is usually quite good already.

Luckily I start at 1:30pm everyday Monday-Thursday, except for Wednesdays when I have one lab at 9am. It really sticks out on my schedule. I guess I can always run home and go back to bed afterwards during my 3.5 hour break. And there’s really no way around it. I’ve already looked over all of the schedules hoping to find any other hour to put it in, but no luck. At my university, and a lot of French universities I think, the schedules are made for the students so they don’t actually get a choice when their classes are. When you sign up (and I do mean sign up, not apply, because anyone with a high school diploma can go to a public university in France) to do a program, you basically choose your “major” right then and you take classes with the same people every semester. There are no electives or general education requirements, and with our program, you must start in the fall because the winter semester is just a continuation of the fall semester.

It’s going to be so nice being less than 10 minutes from campus instead of 50. I will save so much money on gas and tolls. And I might actually use my office this year! I already cleaned out my closet to make sure my work clothes still fit. I’m so geeky for school that I even bought a pencil case for my whiteboard markers. I always giggled a little when I saw my high school and university students set out their pencil cases on their desks because to me, pencil cases are for 5 year-olds. But in France, every student and teacher has one no matter what age they are. So when in France…

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  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    I envy your enthusiasm. We don,t really have a break unless we take one, since we have students year round.

    Anyway, I’m getting sick of teaching…
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Old Montréal =-.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    I envy your enthusiasm. We don,t really have a break unless we take one, since we have students year round.

    Anyway, I’m getting sick of teaching…
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Old Montréal =-.

  • http://emmygration.blogspot.com/ Emmy

    yea, I agree, it’s great that you’re excited about your job! Everyone in the UK has pencil cases but mine in France is the one I chose when I was working at primary school – it’s sparkly with flowers on….The kiddies loved it! I still used it last year at uni though! :op
    .-= Emmy´s last blog ..Another one bites the dust =-.

  • http://emmygration.blogspot.com Emmy

    yea, I agree, it’s great that you’re excited about your job! Everyone in the UK has pencil cases but mine in France is the one I chose when I was working at primary school – it’s sparkly with flowers on….The kiddies loved it! I still used it last year at uni though! :op
    .-= Emmy´s last blog ..Another one bites the dust =-.

  • http://www.edgeoftheforest.wordpress.com/ Andrea

    Ha, pencil cases!
    Back in college in Wisconsin, I always used to be able to spot the exchange students so easily because they were the only ones carrying pencil cases/bags. I always thought it was odd, but then when I studied in Argentina I noticed everyone had them, too, and finally figured out that maybe Americans are the only ones who don’t use them? I caved and bought one to use down there, too :)
    .-= Andrea´s last blog ..I’m back! =-.

  • http://www.edgeoftheforest.wordpress.com Andrea

    Ha, pencil cases!
    Back in college in Wisconsin, I always used to be able to spot the exchange students so easily because they were the only ones carrying pencil cases/bags. I always thought it was odd, but then when I studied in Argentina I noticed everyone had them, too, and finally figured out that maybe Americans are the only ones who don’t use them? I caved and bought one to use down there, too :)
    .-= Andrea´s last blog ..I’m back! =-.

  • http://leahenfranceparttrois.blogspot.com/ Leah

    It’s true, it is nice to get all ready to go back to teaching when you like where you work and who you teach! This is the my second week back, first week teaching though and it was exhausting, but good to finally get back into the swing of things.

    Oh, and you’re not the only one, I love my trousse!
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Previously on Leah en France Part Trois… =-.

  • http://leahenfranceparttrois.blogspot.com Leah

    It’s true, it is nice to get all ready to go back to teaching when you like where you work and who you teach! This is the my second week back, first week teaching though and it was exhausting, but good to finally get back into the swing of things.

    Oh, and you’re not the only one, I love my trousse!
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Previously on Leah en France Part Trois… =-.

  • http://www.rhf-international.net/ Katie

    Hey Jennie I loved the read this morning How did you get past the system to get the job in the first place? Did they quiz you about the availability of your trousse? ;)

  • http://www.rhf-international.net Katie

    Hey Jennie I loved the read this morning How did you get past the system to get the job in the first place? Did they quiz you about the availability of your trousse? ;)

  • http://www.american-in-france.com/ cynthia in chambery

    Have a great start to the year, Jennie. I’m off to LA for business in 9 days until Nov. 6 and hope to bring back some Thanksgiving goodies for our ‘Americans in Chambery’ Thanksgiving in November. See you then. Cynthia in Chambery
    .-= cynthia in chambery´s last blog ..Picking Blackberries and Making Confiture in Savoie =-.

  • http://www.american-in-france.com cynthia in chambery

    Have a great start to the year, Jennie. I’m off to LA for business in 9 days until Nov. 6 and hope to bring back some Thanksgiving goodies for our ‘Americans in Chambery’ Thanksgiving in November. See you then. Cynthia in Chambery
    .-= cynthia in chambery´s last blog ..Picking Blackberries and Making Confiture in Savoie =-.

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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