Too cool for school?

24 Nov

I’ve found a job (yay!!!) teaching English at a language school which is just up the road from a huge bullring, which I’m gruesomely obsessed with – not quite believing bullfighting still exists. Anyway, this post is about my first class which was slightly less gruesome. (I said slightly).

Chaos would be a better word for it. An eight year old TESOL certificate and a few hours of observation don’t quite prepare you for teaching a group of 10 year olds who are all het up after a day at ‘proper’ school with two hours ahead of them learning ‘have to’, practising their likes and making scrap books. Added to that – one child had to prepare for a test on a different subject so I was kind of running two lessons consecutively.

Picture the scene – paper, stickers, pencils, scissors, glue, pens and books strewn across tables. Kids walking about chatting to each other in a language I (still) don’t understand. Me answering a chorus of “teacher” coming from all directions.

I’m not sure what damaged any street-cred I ever had more: trying to hold a lively class together or, during a 20 minute interlude with the wider school, having to sing and do the actions to Christmas songs in preparation for the school concert. Life may never be the same.

But I paint such a grey picture. We finally bonded over Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Justin Beiber (no taste these kids) and a Spanish crooner I can’t remember the name of – in the name of distinguishing ‘singer’ from ‘song’. Pop music wins again.

For more reasons than a bullring alone, Spain, you’re truly getting me out of my comfort zone.









One Response to “Too cool for school?”

  1. Jo 08/12/2013 at 7:38 pm #

    When you get back we need to go to costa for a hot chocolate so I can hear all about this wonderful adventure your having. Signed your jealous friend x

    Ps: if it makes you feel any bette, your class sounds just like some of my training sessions! X

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