The Holidays are now over…

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Today is the 27th December and most of the celebrations are over. I have been spending time with my family; but tonight I am back off to work…well, my part time job that it. As you all know I had an interview with Speed School of English in Poland. I wait for twenty minutes on Monday for Natalie to contact me about the position. We were going to discuss about a start date etc; however, I decided that one month would not be enough time to organise everything here. I have enough money to pay for a flight etc but I have to sort my Guide unit out. As I cannot really leave the girls half way through the year.

I am starting to regret not accepting the position in Poland but I am now more determined to remember everything and to improve my interview skills. I am going to finish the modules I have got to do with i-to-i TEFL – I have passed the Teaching Business English module though; I passed it before Christmas. I need to got everything sorted!

I have been in contact with a company called Flying Cows; which is a company that places people in Korea. I have been missing calls from Amanda, the founder and I now have her email address. There are many questions about the placementing. I will keep you all posted about that.

However; I am going to get back in contact with IC Bilbao in the New Year and see if I can start there in September. I really don’t know what do at the moment; any ideas are welcome!!

First ever Phone interview!!

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On Wednesday; last week, I had my first ever phone interview for a job in Poland as an ESL Intern with Speed School of English and I was terribly nervous about it. I have never had an interview over the phone before. I know that this will be how the schools or companies I apply for will conduct their interviews. However; we had some technical difficulties – using public WiFi is not a good idea (that is a thing to remember) but we ended up using my mobile number. It worked fine but it was a little noisy and I sat in my car. I am so glad that I was unable to be seen. I was interviewed by Andy.

The interview lasted for half an hour and I was surprised by the amount of questions he asked. I had the feeling that I did not do every well when it had finished. There were questions that I did not even think that he would ask about…for example – grammar! I was asked to give examples of Tenses – Past, Present and Future. I was asked to give an example – I could not believe it my mind went blank! It was horrid. This is where I think it all went down hill for me. However; Andy did ask my for the definitions of two words. The words were ‘Century’ and ‘Freedom’. Personally; I think that my answers were pretty lame,  but Andy seemed to like them. At the end of the half an hour, Andy said that he would pass my details etc. onto Natalie and she would call me again after the weekend to ask some more questions on Grammar. He would email me a “Pre-Arrival Study Pack” to read beforehand; which when it arrived I read front to back three times and highlighted the key points of Grammar.

It has been many months since I did my Grammar Awareness Course (and I feel that it is time that I refresh myself by doing the course again!) and I am very worried about the questions the Natalie would ask. Within the email; which to be honest I thought Andy was going to send by it was actually from Natalie, stated that I have a good personality for being a TEFL teacher and I would fit in with the rest of the team (paraphrasing a little). My jaw almost hit the floor when I read that part; I could not believe it. I must have been okay with the interview. I was a little relived. However; today was the second half of the interview. Again I feel that it did not go to plan. I was very nervous. I knew that she would ask me to give examples of all the tenses and what the parts of speech were. I focussed on these sections when I was waiting for Natalie to call me.

However; Natalie did say that she would contact my References by phone (I have had to change my Reference recently as one of them is no longer able to be contacted by the information I have for them) or by email (as one of my current References is Deaf) to discuss me and my ability to teach. At this time I became more nervous; as the Grammar questions she had asked I did not fully answer correctly. However; as an Intern you are being taught how to teach in theory so I would have to brush up pretty quickly! [Note to Self: write a post about Grammar].

 

She did ask me one thing…would I be able to start working with Speed School before the Summer 2015. “All I need to do is to give my current employers one months notice” was all I said; but I know that I would have to discuss the matter with my family.

So, what do you all think? Has she just said ‘maybe’ to me?

Wordle Wednesday: Celebrations

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As this will be my last Wordle Wednesday of 2014; as I will only be writing about “everyday life” until January. I thought that it would be a good idea to have a ‘cloud’ of celebration words. Not everyone who reads this blog will be celebrating over the next week or so. I hope that you will like this week’s theme. I have got a variety of different celebrations from different places; please note that not all of the celebrations are celebrated by myself here in the UK.

Celebrations Cloud

Word List (‘Day’ has been removed):

  • Anniversary
  • April Fools’ Day
  • Barbecue
  • Birthday
  • Birthday
  • Boxing Day
  • Canada Day
  • Carnival
  • Christmas
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Cocktail
  • Columbus Day
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Easter
  • Fancy dress
  • Father’s Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Going away
  • Goodbye
  • Graduation
  • Groundhog Day
  • Halloween
  • Hanukkah
  • Labour Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Office
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Saint Patrick’s Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Wedding
  • Welcome
  • Yom Kippur

Idiom of the Week: “Down in the Dumps”

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Monday is here again and I cannot believe how fast the weekend went. I was doing a lot of crafting as on Saturday I have a Craft Sale in the local Town Hall; raising funds for my TEFL adventures. However; I have not been feeling my happy self. I have been ‘down in the dumps’ – guess what people? That is this week’s idiom of the week. It is not a pleasant idiom, I know but it is one I know I use myself. It is lovely to use when doing a novel for NaNoWriMo.

Down in the dumps means “A gloomy, melancholy state of mind; depression” or in simpler terms “unhappy”

This idiom would be good to use when teaching ‘Feelings’, ‘Emotions’ or even ‘Descripting People’

Wordle Wednesday: Clothes

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I cannot believe it; it is Wednesday again already! The week is flying past…don’t you all agree? I have been thinking about this week’s theme; and clothes come above the rest.

Clothes cloud

I have been working with a Reception class (aged 4 to 5 years old) since September and these words are some I have noticed that the EAL students struggle with. I thought that I would share the list.

Word List:

  • Stockings
  • T-Shirt
  • Sweatshirt
  • Shoes
  • Suit
  • Undershirt
  • Underpants
  • Sweat-shirt
  • Coat
  • Sweater
  • Shorts
  • Hat
  • Pajamas
  • Raincoat
  • Slacks
  • Jumper
  • Slippers
  • Jeans
  • Scarf
  • Tie
  • Tights
  • Trousers
  • Mini-Skirt
  • Vest
  • Dress
  • Overalls
  • Shirt
  • Blouse
  • Belt
  • Cap
  • Boots
  • Skirts
  • Pants
  • Overcoat
  • Gloves
  • Underclothes
  • Cardigan

Idiom of the Week: “Bite off more than one can chew”

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Something I feel that these idioms I am doing every week are now becoming a part of my life. I am always listening out for idioms on the radio, on the TV and in everyday life. It is surprising how many I hear or see in one day. Working in the educational sector is not really help; but it is good to find some useful idioms that I can share. This week’s idiom of the week comes from one of my current students; remember that the students I am currently working with are Deaf and the English language is particularly difficult for them to grasp. She said “I think that I have bitten off more than I can chew with this art project” I could not believe it! She said it perfectly and I knew that this would be this week’s idiom.

bite off more than one can chew – there are two meanings to this idiom:

1. to take a larger mouthful of food than one can chew easily or comfortably. I bit off more than I could chew, and nearly choked.
2. to take (on) more than one can deal with; to be overconfident.
(Sorry for the cute hamster picture; I am a bit of a fan when it comes to Hamsters!)

Feeling a little down…

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Including today; I have 12 working days left of 2014…I should be excited, however; I am not. The last few days I have not been feeling my “100% positive” self; which is horrid. Not just for me; but for the people (both students and staff) I work with. I had sold one of my Trading Cards sets on eBay two weeks ago and it fell through as the payment was blocked at the buyers end. The payment would have been half of my first payment for the Vietnam Internship. I am desperate move on; I am not happy here. I need to start  my new life away from everything here. I have decided that I will not be spending much after the Holiday period. I know that I need to save as much as possible. I have worked out how to get to Vietnam when (or if) the time arrives. I just need to save some more Avios points; it is a shame that I cannot convert these Nectar points I have got. I may spend them on resources or things that I may need while I am away.

I also have not been well the last few days; chronic headaches and feeling nauseous. I think that is due to not fully enjoying my job. I have been thinking about my family more and what will happen while I would be away. My sister in law has a relative who has taught in China as a TEFL teacher and she said that he loved it. She was glad that the internet was available and she could contact them. This would be the same for me…I know that I can always send an email or chat on Skype. I really need to stop thinking about my family and what they would think and just think of myself.

I have no ties here; other than my family. I can always return to my current job (that is if I wish to return to it), my volunteering I can also return to – I have not really enjoyed it since my Mum retired from it in April – I can take my memories with me. That is all I need…

2014v2-buy-table-printed-headerI really need to sort myself out. I have ordered a workbook from Leonie Dawson. I have ordered the Life and Biz workbook. I need to sort it all out. Leonie is wonderful woman; she lives in Australia and runs her own business. She is one crazy arsed woman, but she makes me smile and helps me to think of myself more. I found her via Jen Saunders at Wild Sister; who is amazing too! I know that buying this workbook I have spent money and not saving it; however it will set me and my goals alive ready for 2015. I feel that this is what I need currently in my life.

 

I have been worried about the Vietnam Internship and if I will be able to afford to go. I need to save and sell a lot of my crafty items, eBay stock and have as many things on Vinted as I can.