Wordle Wednesday: The Classroom

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It is Wednesday again everyone and that it means there is only one thing! This week’s Wordle Wednesday and the theme this week is the classroom. I feel that I should have done this one right of the start of this feature but I think as I am getting closer to my own classroom; it was about time that I did a word cloud.

Wordle: Wordle Wednesday: The Classroom

Word List:

blackboard
blackboard eraser
book
bookcase
bulletin board
calendar
chair
chalk
clock
computer
desk
dictionary
eraser
map
notebook
pen
pencil
pencil sharpener
textbook
white board

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Idiom of the Week: “Be All Ears”

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Once again Monday is upon us and it is time for this week’s Idiom of the Week. I think that this is one of the funniest idioms that most people use. This week’s idiom is be all ears. It is a rather informal idiom. I try to use this idiom when I am talking about ‘listening’.

I know that this image is not the most attractive; but it is just as informal as the idiom.

The meaning of this idiom is “to be very eager to hear what someone is going to say”

For example; ‘Do you want to hear what happened at the party last night?’ ‘Oh yes, I’m all ears’.

Five Instagram Accounts to follow…

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Hey everyone; I love Social Media and as you all can see I have a feed to my Instagram account on the left hand side of the blog. Here are five accounts that I follow and I think that some of you may find interesting:

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This account is ran by the wonderful Lina from My Hong Kong Husband; as her bio states she is a third culture wife. She is a Polish woman who is married to a man from Hong Kong; who are both living in the USA. I know that it not exactly a TEFL account but Lina is amazing. Her blog posts are just as amazing. It is interesting to see her point of view.

IMG_2726.PNGThis account is of TEFL.org.uk; I have not been following them very long, however I love the pictures that are on the account. It is interesting to see where people, who have done their training with TEFL.org.uk, are currently working in. I have been looking at the jobs on the site; I am keeping my fingers crossed that something will come up.

IMG_2727.PNGBeing a student of i-to-i TEFL; of course I am following them on Instagram. This is just the i-to-i page though. There are currently on posts on the TEFL account – strange right? I am rather excited about seeing where people are at. This account is for the Volunteer section of i-to-i.

IMG_2725.PNGI have only been following Teach The World on Instagram for a few days but it super exciting to see what resources I could use and see them being used. It is amazing to read their website too. Over 20 years experience is fantastic; I hope that I can join them one day.

IMG_2724.PNGSome of you may have already seen this lovely lady; Kylie (who is also from here in the UK – Cornwall to be exact) is a fellow TEFL teacher who blogs at Cornish Kylie and is currently teaching in Thailand. She is a HUGE fan of cats (as am I) and it is beautiful to see Thailand through her eyes. She is an inspriation!

Are there any Instagram accounts you think that I should be follow or think that I should ahve a look at? Please let me know; I LOVE Social Media!

Just another day…

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It is Sunday already and November is almost at its end. I cannot believe that the month has flown past; it has pasted me by very fast. I am still waiting to find out if I am able to have a Sabbatical for my current job. However; I will know more at the start of December. I would prefer to know now and then I get my place on the Vietnam Internship all booked and then I can save up for everything else; like Visas, spending money and buying some resources.

Talking about resources; I have been talking with one of the English teachers (not a TEFL teacher) about resources. It seems that we both useUntitled-1resources (which I am loving). It is a small world; don’t you all think? I have also told her about this blog (I love telling people about this place…); she mentioned about a Facebook Page that she runs – I will post the link when I find it. I have been a little down today; but that could be due to not knowing what is happening with my current job. I really want to know what is happening so I can get my life in order. I REALLY want this and I know that I am ACTUAL ready to go. I have been thinking about what I should pack and what I would miss while I am away.

I have also been researching about the currency in Vietnam and what the exchange rate currently is. The money I will receive on the Internship will be in Vietnamese Dong but it will be converted into US Dollars. It is interesting to see how far my money will get me. I wonder if I will have to get a Vietnamese bank account while I am there. I will have to email Rebecca and ask her.

WordTube

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What an fabulous idea! It would be fab for topical keywords as well. I am adding this to my list of resources.

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An upgrade of my previous posts: Box o’ Words and Wall of Wisdom.

Throughout the week, students add new vocabulary to the tube (or box or wall) and on Friday it’s emptied and used for revision any way you like. E.g. use this word in a sentence, define the word etc.

You could use different coloured card for different parts of speech. Green for verbs, orange for adjectives, purple for idioms/phrases and so on.

What do you think?

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Wordle Wednesday: The Body

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We are halfway through a week and it is now time for this week’s Wordle Wednesday. I decided that the theme for this week should be “the body”. I know that it not the most interesting subject; well unless you are a Biologist. I have been using this list with my youngest student.

The Body

Word List:
back
cheeks
chest
chin
ears
eyebrows
eyes
feet
fingers
foot
forehead
hair
hands
head
hips
knees
legs
lips
mouth
neck
nose
shoulders
stomach
teeth
throat
toes
tongue
tooth
waist

Doing the Vietnam Internship?!

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Well, I am all excited (again!) about an Internship programme organised by i-to-i TEFL; but this time it it all about the Vietnam Internship it is cheaper than the China Internship; which makes life a little easier for me; as I will not need to save as much money. The lovely Rebecca; one of the Advisers at i-to-i, has been very helpful. I had so many questions about the Internship; from flights, accommodation, food and the actual cost. she answered all the questions bar one – the flights! I was wondering which airport to fly into; however, I would not know until I had been accepted onto the Internship. *Thumbs up*

AviosI have been very cheeky and I have already been watching some of the flights to Vietnam from the UK. I have been saving my AirMiles (they are now called Avios points) for a while and I am at 17,420 points. I just hope that I can use them to get to Vietnam. I want to save as much cash as I can!

Things to do

I have created a HUGE “Things To Do” List; which is a massive list of things I need to do to make this trip a reality. However; there is only one person I need to persuade (or tell) and that is my mother. I think that she is worried that I will not be able to cope; afford or even enjoy being away from her (and the rest of my family). I have also contacted the boss of my current job and inquired about having a Sabbatical for the time I would be in Vietnam; however, the place where I am working is about to go through a major re-structuring process and no one knows what it is going to be like in August 2015. I will have to wait until December this year to find out more. I will keep you all posted about that. I know that teaching English is the next step for me and I have to stop thinking about it and just do it!

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I have finally started the Teaching Business English module and surprisingly I am enjoying it. However; i-to-i have a new teaching platform and my new modules (Business English and Korea) are on this new platform whereas my ‘older’ modules are on the old platform. It gets very confusing sometimes.I am in two minds about doing the Advanced Grammar course as it is the next level after my Grammar Awareness Course (which I need to remind myself to re-read before I even start any teaching). I know that whatever modules I complete with i-to-i with increase my chances of achieving a teaching post; I just need the experience. I know that completing the Internship, I will gain the experience and confidence to teaching anywhere.

I am still a little down after the MEDDEAS application; but there is a silver lining (ooh…an idiom to add to the list) which comes in the form of the Vietnam Internship. I just need to get my arse in gear. The lovely Rebecca sent me an email with some links and I thought that I would share them with you.

Camilla went on the Vietnam Internship in 2012. Her posts on the Chalkboard are very interesting. She is also a Featured Writer on the i-to-i Blog

The Very First Vietnam Internship was a blog post; where Camilla was interviewed about her time in Vietnam.

TTV Vietnam Internship – What’s It Like?!; another blog post about the Internship. There is also a video on the post; but I thought that I would post it straight here:

Annabelle’s blog – Do They Have Earl Grey Tea in Vietnam?

Because I am SUPER EXCITED (sorry for the caps) I now need to work through my “Things To Do” list and get the pennies in! I am now wondering if any of you lovely people who are followers of my blog; could help me with this Vietnam dream of mine? Please can you all head over to any (or all) of these online shops and see if there is anything that takes your fancy. There are going to be many things being uploaded in the next few weeks.

Etsy: Handmade Crafts & Cards

eBay: Cards Of All Types

Vinted – here is where I am selling my ‘pre-loved’ clothes and accessories