Hello July!



Yippie! It is July and soon it will be the end of the school term. But; what I am going to do in September? Well; I have been told that on Thursday I will be finding out where I am going to be placed – I have a few days off as of end of play on Friday (nice little sporting reference for you all!) and I will be popping into the office to have a meeting. I am nervous as I am having this feeling that I am not going to be placed in Secondary, however; I still have until July 31st to make my decision. I do have some options, that will enable me to teaching more online and save my cash for moving abroad.

As well as making decisions; I have been planning my trip to the USA. I am pretty excited as it is only 28 days until I fly out there! A year of planning has been amazing! I have created a TripIt itinerary, so all my friends (here in the UK and in the USA) know where I am going to be and when. I felt that this would be a good idea, as I am travelling by myself and using public transport. I have also been sorting out what I am going to pack; I have already done a “dry pack” and I am currently underweight (Yippie!); which is good as I am travelling for 22 days – which 7 are Girl Scout camp and 4 are at Disney.

I have decided that I will do some VLogs of my trip and I will upload them onto my YouTube Channel – My TEFL Adventures – as I will be using A LOT public transport

Don’t hurt my feelings [Reblog]


Relax! Speak English; many thanks for sharing this post. It is always good to have examples of what a TEFL teacher can do with their classes. I hope that it is okay that I have reblogged this on my blog. What do you all think of these examples? I hope to use them in my classes in the future.

Relax! Speak English

1) Look at these feelings. Are they positive, negative or neutral? Try to use them in the following sentences:

cheerful, confused, content, ecstatic, envious, frustrated, grateful, indifferent, miserable, moody


1. After such a wonderful meal, we all felt________

2. Joe is_____________towards the suffering of other people. It looks like he doesn’t care at all.

3. I’d be very __________ if you could help me with my homework.

4. Bob’s new girlfriend is extremely_______ you never know whether she’s going to smile or cry.

5. Jane has to work seven days a week. She feels _________ towards people who have the weekend off.

6. It’s been raining almost every day this summer. Everyone feels_____________

7. Jim was absolutely_____________when he won the lottery.

8. My cousin has been trying to pass her driving test for over two years. She feels very_______

2) Match the ordinary feelings on the right…

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My First Online Lesson… (a little overdue)

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Oh my! I was very nervous about doing my first online lesson. As part of being a “newbie” teacher at SkimaTalk I have to do some ‘Free Sessions’. My first session was on a Thursday afternoon; it did not start of very well. I was waiting for a colleague at work to complete some work. I decided that it would be a good time for the session to happen. I was moved twice and I finally found a place where it was quiet and I could conduct the lesson.

My student was from Japan; I completely forgot about the large time difference. The lesson was at 3.30pm GMT, which was 12.30am in Japan. No wonder he looked so tired. I calmed down about halfway through the lesson; because I was moved out of two rooms before. As it was a first lesson; I asked him what he wanted to practice. His English was very good and I did not need to do much correction with him. I have been unable to post anymore sessions at SkimaTalk as I have had no laptop. However; it is all better now and the lessons can begin once again!

I am glad that I have joined SkimaTalk; I just hope that my laptop does not break again or that I am moved from “my classroom”!

Idiom of the Week: “Best thing since sliced bread”


How can I start the week with food; it is a must. I am currently on a diet and I am missing bread (I have cut bread out *sad face*). I have found researching the idioms a challenge sometimes and it is interesting (and in some way exciting) to find out where, when and how these idioms came about. This week’s idiom is not exception. Best things since sliced bread is an idiom I have heard my mother use in the past; especially when I was in my teenage years. I heard her say it to my younger brother when it came to his computer games and the current trends. This is a humorous idiom

the best thing since sliced bread


if someone or something is described as the best thing since sliced bread, people think they are extremely good, often better than they really are Portable phones are marketed as the best thing since sliced bread, but to me they’re just another expensive gadget. The way he goes on about heryou’d think she was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Wordle Wednesday: Shapes

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I have noticed that I have not been doing a lot of other subjects within Wordle Wednesday and I feel that it is about time that I do! I have decided to start with Maths. This is why this week’s theme is “Shapes”

Shapes - 18th march

Word List:

  • circle
  • cone
  • cylinder
  • ellipse
  • hexagon
  • irregular shape
  • octagon
  • oval
  • parallelogram
  • pentagon
  • pyramid
  • rectangle
  • semicircle
  • sphere
  • square
  • star
  • trapezoid
  • triangle
  • wedge
  • whorl

Idiom of the Week: “Barking up the wrong tree”


It is the start of another week; which means only one thing…it is time of the idiom of the week. I absolutely love this idiom; I always have the mental image of a dog barking up a fake tree with a confused look upon his face. I, myself, have done this many a time – I know me; the perfect woman (only joking!). It is strange to hear people using this idiom as an everyday thing.

bark up the wrong tree

to make the wrong choice; to ask the wrong person; to follow the wrong course. (Alludes to a dog in pursuit of an animal, where the animal is in one tree and the dog is barking at another tree.)
If you think I’m the guilty person, you’re barking up the wrong tree.
The hitters blamed the team’s bad record on the pitchers, but they were barking up the wrong tree.

Wordle Wednesday: Buildings & Places


Next week one of the buildings in the county town of Northampton will be demolished; I have been travelling in and out of this building since I was at least sixteen; when I was attending college. This building is the Greyfriars Bus Station. I thought that I would pay homage to this building; many local people felt that it was a horrid sight and needed to be re-built. Alas; this has happened. I have not been in this new bus station (nor the new train station). This is why this week’s theme for Wordle Wednesday is “Buildings & Places”.

Building & Places

Word List:

  • airport
  • apartment building
  • bank
  • barber shop
  • book store
  • bowling alley
  • bus stop
  • church
  • cinema
  • convenience store
  • department store
  • fire department
  • gas station
  • hospital
  • house
  • library
  • movie theatre
  • museum
  • office building
  • post office
  • restaurant
  • school
  • mall
  • shopping centre
  • supermarket
  • train station

Idiom of the Week: “Ball is in your court”


When I think of this week’s idiom; Tennis always come to mind. Personally, I never truly understood why. This is why I decided that this week’s idiom would be (the) ball is in your court. It originally came for the game of tennis; which is rather interesting right?

the ball is in someone’s court

to be someone else’s move, play, or turn. (From tennis.)
The ball’s in your court now.
You do something. I can’t do anything as long as the ball is in John’s court.

Wordle Wednesday: Adverbs of Time


I have always been interested in time; it is a concept that will always need to be learnt – no matter what age or level of English a person has. I have found that working with Deaf students for the last seven years that ‘time’ is a hard concept to grasp. I think that this is a shame; as the students are not given the information to broaden their vocabulary. This is why I thought that ‘time’ should be used for this week’s theme for Wordle Wednesday.



Word List:

  • after
  • always
  • before
  • during
  • lately
  • never
  • often
  • rarely
  • recently
  • sometimes
  • soon
  • today
  • tomorrow
  • usually
  • yesterday

Idiom of the Week: “At the drop of a hat”


Whenever I hear idioms; either on the television or on the radio, always make me laugh as I make a mental note and add them to the list here at My TEFL Adventures. I always try and use at least one idiom a day; sometimes it can be rather difficult and on other days I can have an entire conversation in idioms at the drop of a hat. That is what this week’s idiom is:

at the drop of a hat

immediately; instantly; on the slightest signal or urging. (Alludes to the dropping of a hat as a signal.)
John was always ready to go fishing at the drop of a hat.
If you need help, just call on me. I can come at the drop of a hat.