Where does the time go?

I’ve finished my first full week of classes (all 16.5 hours) and even though I only work Monday-Wednesday, I am exhausted! I would prefer to work 4 hours a day over 4 days, but the students don’t have classes on Thursday afternoons because of sports. So as of 6:30pm Wednesday evening, I am en week-end.

However, since I’m teaching a new English “soutien” class for our Italian exchange students, my entire weekend goes by in a flash because I spend all my time preparing for it. We’re working in the computer lab, so I’m preparing tons of online flashcards and listening exercises. I almost lost my voice yesterday recording tons of words to illustrate all the vowel differences. My students are so enthusiastic about improving their English so I feel like giving them as much material as possible to work with. I’m trying to incorporate all accents of English instead of just American or British. I actually spent about 6 hours yesterday just finding and downloading more audio and video files that I thought would help with their listening comprehension. (Elllo.org and Real English are awesome, btw.)

The rest of my classes are going fine so far, except for a few immature boys in my first year classes. (Why is it always boys??) I feel much better this year since I know exactly what I need to do and what the students need to learn. Plus knowing that I’m only 10 minutes from home instead of 50 is quite nice.

Only 2 more weeks until Toussaint vacation!

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

    wow, it’s only two weeks before the toussant vacy? cool!
    .-= Emmy´s last blog ..Moving on up…in heels. =-.

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

    wow, it’s only two weeks before the toussant vacy? cool!
    .-= Emmy´s last blog ..Moving on up…in heels. =-.

  • http://emmygration.blogspot.com Emmy

    wow, it’s only two weeks before the toussant vacy? cool!
    .-= Emmy´s last blog ..Moving on up…in heels. =-.

  • Mom

    I am glad that you are enjoying your job with the exception of the immature boys. There always has to be a few of them in the group to make you appreciate the other students.

  • Mom

    I am glad that you are enjoying your job with the exception of the immature boys. There always has to be a few of them in the group to make you appreciate the other students.

  • http://www.soyezlabienvenuechezmoi.blogspot.com/ Dedene

    I know what you mean about spending more time preparing than teaching.
    Bon courage until the school holiday.
    .-= Dedene´s last blog ..The English Class =-.

  • http://www.soyezlabienvenuechezmoi.blogspot.com Dedene

    I know what you mean about spending more time preparing than teaching.
    Bon courage until the school holiday.
    .-= Dedene´s last blog ..The English Class =-.

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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