Say something nice


Fab idea…adding it to my Lesson Plans stash!

A Hive of Activities


This warmer is appropriate for a class that already knows each other quite well. In essence, the students to greet each other, and pay each other a compliment. Getting so many compliments in such a short space of time feels good, even when the compliments are contrived. It also feels a bit silly, which allows the students to laugh and relax together – perfect for communicating in their L2. The activity comes from a great book I recently acquired by Jill Hadfield, called Classroom Dynamics (where it’s called Crazy Compliments.)

Materials required: students and post-it notes (the same number as there are students).

  • Write on each post-it note an instruction to give a compliment, eg. “say something nice about my eyes,” “say something nice about my smile,” “say something nice about my pronunciation,” etc.
  • Stick one on the back of every student and explain that they are going to mingle…

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Update from my last post….


Well, I have finally found the bar/café place that Mum and I went to in Lanzarote – M’es Igual; I have requested to be a friend on Facebook – how exciting…

Also “Arena’s Saturday School” cannot be found anywhere; I typed ‘English Language Schools Lanzarote’ into Google and there are a few I could apply for if it is ever needed…

Trying Some New Things…


I have been away in Lanzarote with my mum for the British Half Term week; the weather was not hat we expected. Winter Sun was what we truly wanted; sadly there was not much of it. It was particularly windy. The island is very pretty but instead of thinking “I wonder what that is in Spanish Sign Language” I have been thinking “I wonder how many English Schools are on the island”

I have only seen one advert “Arena’s Saturday School”, it was on the back of one of the buses that mum and I have walked pasted since we arrived on the island. I have not had any internet access; well there has been some just I was not happy about the access – the brochure stated “free wifi in the lobby” but it was all “PAYG” – not best pleased was I!!

I will need to research “Arena’s Saturday School” as I like the island just not the weather that mum and I have seen over the last week. We spoke to a rather dashing young man at a local cafe – m’es igual – it was a snack/tapas bar really – he said that it was the worst February that the island has had in FOUR YEARS! Such our luck; right?! “Come back in the summer” he said; I was very nice! I wish I had a photos of him now to show you all. The bar is on Facebook, I will have a look and see if there are any pictures of him. I must remember to “Like” their page!!!

Anyway; trying something new….speaking Spanish was the first this week…I can now order “dos sangria por favor” and “dos piña colada por favor” – and the generally simple greetings. However; this happened last time was on the mainlanders Spain – the locals thought I was an actual Spaniard and started asking me questions and requesting random things; bless them though! I now have a tan and look rather Spanish – confusing them! Oh dear!

Another thing I tried was Sushi; yep I did ladies and gents, I have finally got the chance to try Sushi – alas it was only a very small piece with only a thin slice of red pepper inside the rice. It was very nice; now I need to pluck the courage to try a “fish” Sushi…I will keep you all posted with that one!

I am now a HUGE fan of Aloe Vera!!! Mum and I went a day trip out to one of the local Aloe Vera companies – Aloe Plus Lanzarote – FABULOUS! We loved it there; mum now wants to grow it home and I want to use it in anything and everything! You can eat the inside of the leaf…yep you read that right, you can eat the inside! The pure gel can be used for anything!! We so need this plant!!

Previously on Bloglovin’


I am also on BlogLovin’ (are you following us on there?) and I follow some TEFL blogs there. The I-to-I blog posted this: Long Distance Relationships

I read it and thought that I must get myself organised! I already have a Skype account; I will need to get mum one and teach her how to you it. I am not going to get her on Facebook or Twitter – I think that the sites would be a little too much for her to handle!

My brother works from home and uses Skype for work; he works for an American company here in the UK; so all is okay on that front.

As for my friends; I found that most of my friends are who I have as “friends” on Facebook are people I see at work or I met while away at Uni. Facebook will be the best way to keep them posted about my TEFL adventures. That is one of the reasons why I created the page for this blog (have you ‘liked’ it yet?!).

I have also got an Instagram account; see the images at the side of this blog. I know that when I am abroad more pictures will appear on there. Are you following me on Instagram – JemmaJH is the username…

So I think that I am a little more organised with the communication methods I need to have while teaching abroad. All I need now is go abroad…I better get back to my studies! I am almost there!!

Food?! Glorious Food?!

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I have never tried Sushi; never! I am little worried about trying it. It may be the thought of raw fish; but it is not like I would be eating a WHOLE fish! I know that there are Sushi with Veggies in them; what is that called?!

I would love to try Thai Curry; but what is the different between Red and Green Thai Curries?

I want to try some different Asian food before I head out there…are they any food ideas I could do at home? I know that what I make will be completely different than the authentic dish.

I do wonder about my nut allergy; would I have to splash out on Western food or risk getting ill?! I don’t know anyone who has the same allergy as me and have travelled to Asia. I know that Peanut oil is used there. Are EpiPens even used in Asia?!

How am I saving the pennies…


How am I saving the pennies?! Well, I have been selling a lot of my items via eBay and Etsy…I am a bit of a crafter, knitter and all round recycling being! I love to be creative.

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Here are just a few of the things that I have made (and now trying to sell)…I could save collecting plastic bottles to use (see Plastic Cash?!); that may help with transport costs.

I have thought about posting a “Hourie” at People Per Hour; £30 for a Conversational Practice Session in English over Skype; does that sound like a good idea? Has anyone ever done that? Are any of you on People Per Hour?

I have also been thinking about just saving money by opening a Saving Account; however at the present moment in time the rates are not that good and it would take me a while to save up.

I do have a part time job; delivering and collecting catalogues, which most of the time is fun but not in the weather that Britain has currently been suffering from!

How exciting…good news on my arrival home!

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On arriving home after a long (and soggy) day at work; I had done some of my Teaching English in Thailand module – I finished the quiz (two attempts though – whoops!!) and did the assignment. I really enjoyed this module. It was interesting; as Buddhism is the main religion and I agree with many of the traditions and beliefs. I just wish that the students here in the UK was just as respectful as the Thai students.

Anyway, I digress…I passed the Module!! Yeah go me!! I am five hours closer to the Internship!! The module did take me a little longer than five hours to read the learning module completely! I like to read them a couple of time.

The weather…

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Us Brits are known for taking about the weather – ALL THE TIME! Myself included! However; the weather here in the UK is horrid! Just look below:


Towcester (pronounced as toaster) is where I am currently in. I am soggy and my hair is all curly! Not a nice curly; a horrible “not a wave, not a full curl” curls!

However; in China here is what it is like in Shanghai:


Not much better though; but it is in the middle of the night there! I would be asleep (or being merry withy colleagues) in my apartment. Stargazing is something I would be interested in; I wonder if the stars look the same in China as they do here in the UK?!

Should You TEFL?

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I have reblogged this post; I hope that is okay?! I have reblogged this post because I feel that we all should do TEFL; improve yourself and you will improve others around you!!

An Irish Explorer


Where I’m from, not many people have done TEFL  (Teach English As A Foreign Language). So I was going into unchartered territory when I signed up to teach English. I had no prior experience teaching anything, let alone teaching a language, which made me a little apprehensive at the whole idea of (trying) to embed knowledge into student’s minds.

So if you’re thinking of teaching English, here is a list that I compiled of why you SHOULD TEFL.

Meet new people– I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some lovely people, from all over the world. You learn so much about them and what they want to do with their life.  From the people I have met, they decided to TEFL because they wanted to experience something different.  Like me, they didn’t have a clue what they wanted to do in life, so tefling is a great way to try…

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