I have found a new job!

I know, I know, I’ve been spreading this news like crazy the past couple of days, but now it’s official! From August 1st I will be switching jobs. I will go from a regular English teacher to an English teacher trainer. That’s right, I will train others to do the job I’ve been doing for…

Dunglish at its best

These past couple of weeks my students have been taking exams and that means that I had to do a bunch of grading. Grading can be quite a tedious task, but not when you find the creative solutions an linguistic oddities I encountered during this round. Many of my students are not good at English….

Why I became a teacher

For some people it takes ages to figure out what they want to be when they grow up. For me, it was a no brainer. At least, once I hit my teenage years. When I was little I wanted to be a writer, a flight attendant and a dancer, but once I turned 14 –…

Why teaching is fun

This week is one of the toughest weeks so far. It’s incredibly busy at work, hence no post yesterday. Yet, after 5 weeks of vacation and 2 weeks of office related tasks it feels so good to be teaching again. I totally realized why I started doing this in the first place. Despite all the…

Teaching is Fun! (Or: what I like about my job)

Sometimes, I feel I whine too much about my job and I may come off as not liking it at all. Yes, it’s stressful. Yes, I have lots of grading to do (there’s yet another pile waiting for my appraisal as we speak). Yes, there are usually too few hours in the day to get…

The pros & cons of being a teacher

Today is my first day back at work again after a completely relaxing and peaceful Christmas vacation. That vacation lasted 2 weeks and counts towards one of the few perks that comes with being a teacher. There’s a few more, but naturally there’s also a few things that aren’t all that great about teaching. That’s…

A fear to speak

I’ve been a teacher for a few years now and the one thing that strikes me most in students is their fear of getting in front of a class and hold a presentation or having to speak up in class at all. There is always at least one or two people in every class I’ve…

The joy of being a teacher

I just finished up grading about 20 exams. Another 20 or so to go! It’s fun to be a teacher, but the not so fun part is the grading of tests, exams, and papers. It wouldn’t be so bad if you could sit down and take your time doing it, but usually you get all…