I’ve finally extended….

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I have finally got round to extending my TEFL course (once again!) I was halfway through the Advanced Grammar course and I had just received my Checkpoint feedback from the tutor. I cannot wait to get back into the swing of things.

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As for my Internship/Job hunting; I have been looking in Europe and focussing on Thailand as my Internship choice. Sadly, both the China and Vietnam Internships both start on the same day – 20th August 2016. This is the day after I return from my trip to America and I would have to leave on the 19th to arrive in China/Vietnam on the 20th. I do not think that I would be able to get all that I needed for six months (or thereabouts), leave the airport and return within three or fours hours. So, fate has given me only one choice – Thailand. I am excited about this and I am just waiting for the closing date to arrive for the May intake to come and then I will start applying! I need this in my life. At my current job; I do not know where I am going to be based in when September arrives. The worst case scenario will be one Signer and one Teaching Assistant (TAs). There are six TAs and about 15 Signers; where will our jobs be? I think that it is time that I stop thinking of others and get myself happy. I am never going to achieve anything unless I push myself.

Trying to keep calm…

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PS_0666W_COOKING_FAMILY I have almost finished my Advanced Grammar course with I-to-I TEFL and I am trying to complete the “Checkpoint” – however, I am struggling with it and now too late to do anything about it! I failed the first attempt! Oh dear! However; I now need to extend my course so I can complete the second attempt – I will have to wait until the end of January for that; so I can pay £50 for a 30 day extension.

Currently (at time of posting) I have not heard from I-to-I about the October intake for the Internships. I have been checking the site daily for the new dates/prices; but nothing has arrived as of yet. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

The image at the start of this post made me smile when I saw it – one of the English teachers has it as a poster at my current school. I had to read it twice to make sure I was not going crazy! I thought that I would share it with you all.

I am still listening to Jackie; The Budget Minded Traveler and I am still enjoying it. I am a member of her group on Facebook – hints and tips galore!

I am all sorted for my trip to the USA this summer; well I am at this end! I have a form that I need to send over to the USA; I am helping at a Girl Scout camp there before heading to Buffalo, NY to my “American Family”. Super excited!!

Teaching in Italy: Module Review

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2000px-italy_looking_like_the_flag-svg The Teaching in Italy; the specialist teaching module from I-to-I TEFL was very enjoyable. It states that it is only a five hour long module; however, just to my current work commitments it took me a little longer than I expected! I am glad about this. I passed the module in August 2015. I found that the module was packed full of information about teaching in Italy. I found that the questions were similar to the ones I had answered before in my other Specialist TEFL Modules with I-to-I.

There were some surprises throughout the module; which I liked. I love the structure of the module as you can jump back and front through module!

I would recommend this module if you want to teach in Europe; even if you think that you already know about Italy!

MASSIVE update…

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I cannot believe that I have posted anything since August 13th. I feel so bad! So many things have happened and changed! Since my situation had changed, I have attended a local Girl Guide camp and fell for Teaching in Malaysia.

Anyway; back to my MASSIVE update! Since all the problems with my current job (yes I am still working in a school), I am still planning on going abroad September/October 2016. I have AirMiles (okay, okay they are called Avios now!) that I can use! I have signed to collect more by doing surveys for Avios. It only takes up a little bit of time each day! I am aiming for the Thailand Internship. I feel that I will enjoy it better than China; I can always head over to China after the five months?!

However; I have decided to go and visit my “family” in America for a few weeks – I know that I will use some of my points but as it is getting closer to Christmas (I cannot believe that I just said the C-word!!) I am hoping the “Santa and family” will give my US Dollars or even buy my some Avios. I have volunteered myself for a camp while I am in the USA. It will be good to see the camp from the “working” side as the last two times I have attended the camp I was a participant. I am REALLY looking forward to seeing them all again! I am excited about using my American Sign Language at the SIGNS restaurant in Canada.

As well as my job stressing me out; I have been trying to keep myself relaxed by crafting a lot more. Handmade Crafts & Cards has been doing better than I expected. At work; I have been working with one of my students who is originally from Albania, who happens to be Deaf. In theory, she is Tri-lingual! British Sign Language, Albanian and English. Her English is the thing that is suffering as she does not use it enough. I have been using the English Banana Elementary course; which I love! However; last week I was pulled off timetable to support another student and now she is suffering. I am still giving her homework though; I just hope that all is okay with her.

I am currently undertaking the Advanced Grammar TEFL Certificate; the last module I can do with I-to-I TEFL. I have also been listening to The Budget Minded Traveler; Jackie is an amazing blogger and she also does a Podcast. I have been listening to it during my commute to work. I am a little behind as Jackie has been producing the Podcast since 2014. I am loving her tips and hints and I have been inspired to save my pennies much more than I am!

I have written my reviews of my Teaching in Italy and Teaching in Vietnam modules. I will be posting them soon.

Didn’t get it, but there is a sliver lining…

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On Wednesday morning via Skype I received confirmation that I didn’t get the position with the recruiter. I was not told why; I was wonder if they had read the post I wrote after the interview. However; there is a other position they think will be good for me. I need to think about it as I don’t know if I want to apply or not as it is just one interview with a person from HR. If it I’d like the first interview, I was not looking forward it! I However; I had the interview on Thursday morning. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. Very relaxed and the conversation flowed better than my first (first!) interview. The position is for a Public School placement in a District of Beijing. I am going to see how much everything; as in Medical Report and Visas are before I decide.

The sliver lining is that after Claire and Anthony’s reply to “Interviewing for China” I headed over to New Life ESL and had a look around to see if its for me. I decided to send them my CV and they contracted me on Friday morning saying to give them call. It will be an early morning call; well it will be for me as Monica is only available at 8.30-10.30 CST – it will be 1am-3am for me. I am excited! I have contacted Monica stating that I am trying to find the time to contact her. I just hope that all will be okay!?

I am so sorry! Please don’t hurt me!

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I am so sorry that My TEFL Adventures has been a little bare recently. I have not been well, my laptop needed to have minor surgery and therefore I had problems accessing to the internet. A lot has been happening though; when I have been able to access the internet, I have been following new TEFL accounts – both here and on other Social Media platforms.

For example; Claire and Anthony; who run the blog – To Love, To Live, are currently on the China Internship with i-to-i TEFL and ImmerQi. There have created a YouTube channel and I have been watching their experiences. There are also on Twitter and I am following them there too! I am love hearing (and seeing) what they are both doing while on their Internship. I bet live out there is much better than it is here?!

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I have also been ding a lot of job hunting in the papers; I have not found much but it seems that people are hearing about me. I had an email from i-to-i TEFL asking if I would allow them to give my details to a new contact of the organisation. Of course I agreed and I am now waiting to hear from the contact. Also I applied to Pequebabies in Northern Spain in March; I did not hear anything. I assumed I was not what they were looking for; however a couple of days ago I heard something. 53273b418303e-135x135 I was very excited as I have been working with ‘Reception’ children since September 2014 – ‘Reception’ children are aged 4 to 5 years old – I am enjoying working closely with the children. I have been looking at Spain as well as Asia to start my TEFL Adventures properly. I am now waiting to receive some answers to the questions I asked. I will keep you all posted on that front.

I cannot believe that we are almost at the year of the 2014-2015 academic year. Officially we are now in the Summer Term; however have not seen much “summery-ness” about it. All the older students I am currently working with are stressed with their exams and revision. This in turn; has made myself and the other Support Staff stressed. Because of this I am not well, which I am not enjoying one bit! I hate being ill; especially as it has gone to an awful cough.

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

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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

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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”

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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”

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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.

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Meaning:
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.)
Examples:
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.

Stop Taking my Pencils!

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I think that this is a fabulous idea! Just would I get away with it?! I wonder how they feel when the students are using them… I have also said “swap for a pencil”; but the current place I am working in frown upon asking a student for the show for a pencil. I have found that it has worked; but only if all the teachers use the system!

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I don’t know about you, but no matter what I have tried in the past, my pencils always seem to disappear! I have a special holder on my desk for ‘student pencils.’ I have previously asked them to leave a shoe in exchange for a pencil. I thought that if my students would hobble around my classroom with only one shoe, they would surely remember to give me my pencil back. But, sure enough, my pencils would slowly disappear! So, I recently came up with a new idea for keeping my pencils from getting “kidnapped” (napped by kids) and thought I would share it with you!

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