Wordle Wednesday: Tricky Words

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As some of you may know, I have been working with a Reception (aged 4 and 5) aged child since September (it does seem a little longer though!) and we have been working through Jolly Phonics; which I so need to get some training as it is very interesting. I know that many people teach younger students and do not know what to do with them; this is why I chose this week’s Wordle to be on the theme of Tricky Words.

Tricky Words

Word List:

the
to
I
no
go
Into
he
she
we
me
be
was
you
they
all
are
my
Her
said
have
like
so
do
some
come
were
there
little
one
when
out
What
oh
their
people
Mr
Mrs
looked
called
asked
could

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Idiom of the Week: “By the skin of one’s teeth”

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This week’s idiom of the week; is how I am currently feeling. That I am getting through my life by the skin of my teeth. This is why I chose to have it as the theme for this week.

by the skin of one’s teeth

Fig. just barely. (By an amount equal to the thickness of the (imaginary) skin on one’s teeth.) I got through calculus class by the skin of my teeth. I got to the airport a few minutes late and missed the plane by the skin of my teeth. Lloyd escaped from the burning building by the skin of his teeth.
if you do something by the skin of your teeth, you only just succeed in doing it We escaped by the skin of our teeth. England held on by the skin of their teeth to win 1-0.

Super excited – there are more courses!!!

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After the completed my Teaching English Online course; i-to-i have brought out another three courses – Teaching in Vietnam, Teaching in Poland and Teaching in Italy. Each of the courses are only 5 hours and £11.00 each! Fantastic is all I can say. I have never thought about teaching in Italy. I really need to add these courses to my TEFL repertoire – I believe that the more I have learn the more I can give. Do you all agree?

This weekend I am attending a TEFL Recruitment event in London that has been organised by TEFL.org.uk. I very excited about going. I have printed off copies of my up to date CV ready to give off to any potential recruiters and I have got all my lunch ready and sorted. I am going to be going down by train. It is not far from my house to London. It will be the first time I have ever attended this type of event. I will keep you all posted. I am looking forward to it; I am wondering what is going to happen there. I am ready whatever will happy. I am positive!

Wordle Wednesday: Chinese Calender

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It is will soon be the Chinese New Year; which is the 19th February and it will be the Year of the Goat. I am from the Year of the Pig (now you all know how old I am?!) So, I thought that it would be a good time to do a Wordle Wednesday all about the Chinese calender. I know that there are only twelve of them but it will still make a pretty cloud. Just see below…

Which year are you?

Chinese Calender Cloud

Word List:

  • rat
  • ox
  • tiger
  • rabbit
  • dragon
  • snake
  • horse
  • sheep
  • monkey
  • rooster
  • dog
  • pig

Idiom of the Week: “An Eager Beaver”

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I was such this idiom this week; as I am all finished with my Specialist Modules. Just the Advanced Grammar module to do; bring on pay day!!

Anyway; back to this week’s idiom of the week which is an eager beaver. This is one of my all time favourites when it comes to idioms. It always brings a smile to my face.

 

 

Meaning:

someone who works very hard and is very eager to do things

The usage of the word ‘beaver’ is because a beaver is a small animal which people traditionally believe to be hard-working.

 

Examples:

“Who’s the eager beaver who came in at the weekend finish this work off?”

“The eager beavers of industry seldom reach their potential, much less rise to the top”

“New volunteers are always eager beavers.”

“The young assistant gets work very early. She’s real eager beaver.”

Wordle Wednesday: Emotions

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The first Wordle Wednesday of 2015; how exciting! Celebrations have all finished and hopefully we all had a good time. There were possibley a lot of emotions going around and that is the theme of this week’s word cloud. Emotions! I bet that we have all experienced most of these emotions sometime in our lives. Which one is your favourite?

Emotions Cloud

Word List:

acceptance

admiration

adoration

affection

afraid

agitation

agreeable

aggressive

aggravation

agony

alarm

alienation

amazement

amusement

anger

angry

anguish

annoyance

anticipation

anxiety

apprehension

assertive

assured

astonishment

attachment

attraction

awe

beleaguered

bewitched

bitterness

bliss

blue

boredom

calculating

calm

capricious

caring

cautious

charmed

cheerful

closeness

compassion

complacent

compliant

content

contentment

crabby

crazed

crazy

cross

cruel

defeated

defiance

delighted

dependence

depressed

desire

disappointment

disapproval

discontent

disenchanted

disgust

disillusioned

dislike

dismay

displeasure

dissatisfied

distraction

distress

disturbed

dread

eager

earnest

easy-going

ecstasy

ecstatic

elation

embarrassment

emotion

emotional

enamoured

enchanted

enjoyment

enraged

enraptured

enthralled

enthusiasm

envious

envy

equanimity

euphoria

exasperation

excited

exhausted

extroverted

exuberant

fascinated

fatalistic

fear

fearful

ferocity

flummoxed

flustered

fondness

fright

frightened

frustration

furious

fury

generous

glad

gloating

gloomy

glum

greedy

grief

grim

grouchy

grumpy

guilt

happiness

happy

harried

homesick

hopeless

horror

hurt

hysteria

infatuated

insecurity

insulted

interested

introverted

irritation

isolation

jaded

jealous

jittery

jolliness

jolly

joviality

jubilation

joy

keen

kind

kind-hearted

kindly

laid back

lazy

like

liking

loathing

lonely

longing

loneliness

love

lulled

lust

mad

merry

misery

modesty

mortification

naughty

neediness

neglected

nervous

nirvana

open

optimism

ornery

outgoing

outrage

panic

passion

passive

peaceful

pensive

pessimism

pity

placid

pleased

pride

proud

pushy

quarrelsome

queasy

querulous

quick-witted

quiet

quirky

rage

rapture

rejection

relief

relieved

remorse

repentance

resentment

resigned

revulsion

roused

sad

sadness

sarcastic

sardonic

satisfaction

scared

scorn

self-assured

self-congratulatory

self-satisfied

sentimentality

serenity

shame

shock

smug

sorrow

sorry

spellbound

spite

stingy

stoical

stressed

subdued

submission

suffering

surprise

sympathy

tenderness

tense

terror

threatening

thrill

timidity

torment

tranquil

triumphant

trust

uncomfortable

unhappiness

unhappy

upset

vain

vanity

venal

vengeful

vexed

vigilance

vivacious

wary

watchfulness

weariness

weary

woe

wonder

worried

wrathful

zeal

zest

Qualification Update!

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I do not know if I am supposed to tell you all this; but I recently asked by a member of staff at i-to-i TEFL to be a ‘tester’ for the new Teaching English Online course ; well today I had the confirmation that I have completed it and I have passed the module. However; I do not know how many hours it is so I will need to contact her and ask her. Also, I completed the Teaching Business English module just before Christmas. I am still working on the Teaching in South Korea module and I need to pay for the Advanced Grammar module. However; I am currently on my second attempt at the final part of the Korean module. I am finding it rather hard to write the answers to the questions that have been set for me. Has anyone else done this module and found this? I really want to complete this module, so I can move on to the Advance Grammar module.

From the Teaching English Online module; I have found that I can teach with an online school or ‘go out on my own’ and then can gain the teaching experience that is needed by most Companies I have bee researching about. I am a little worried about if I did start off on my own; I know that I would not get all the support and back up from an online school. There was a resource list; which I am going to share with you all:

 

Online Language learning communities

Verbling – https://www.verbling.com/

iTalki – http://www.italki.com/

Verbal Planet – http://www.verbalplanet.com/tutorhome.asp

Palabea – http://www.palabea.com/

I have never heard of these online comunities; I am thinking about joining them to gain some experience and possibly an income from them.

 

Online Schools

Open English – http://www.openenglish.com/en/careers/

Myngle – http://www.myngle.com/

Berlitz – http://www.berlitz-virtual-classroom.eu/en/employment/apply_online.html

91waijiao – http://www.91waijiao.com/teacher_advertise/about

Tutor Group – http://recruit.tutorabc.com/program/index.asp

kukuspeak – http://www.kukuspeak.com/online-esl-jobs/

English Town EF – http://www.englishtown.com/en-ie/

Ironically; I have heard of two of these online schools (Berlitz and English Town); many years ago I took a Berlitz course but it was a cassette tape (yes it was that long ago) course. I did not do much of it; I borrowed it from the local library. A former work colleague use to work from English Town but as a classroom teacher; knowing him he also did online classes too! He was one of the IT teachers here.