Friday, November 5, 2010

Mon boulot (boo-low) My job

Today I met yet another class, I thought I was finished meeting students but turns out, no. I meet with 16 different groups of students, and that was the last one- I hope. Anyway, it was great, a little brutal, but great! huhuhuhuh. The entire class was girls. I was like wow you are all girls! And the teacher said, oh there's an absence- guess there is one boy in that class- lucky kid. I think that is my second class that is all girls- bizarre. Anyway. The way I introduce my self is, "alright you don't know me, have at it, ask me questions." I don't tell them my name or anything. The whole reason I'm here is to help them speak because they read and write English quite well, but the speaking part is more difficult. Anyway, after that class I met with another class I've met before, but this time the prof and I split the class. I took a group of 9 into my own classroom and the other half stayed with her. I prepared a few things but decided for this group we would read Edgar Allen Poe "The Tell-Tale Heart," it was kind of in honor of Halloween. That story is just so spooky and I just love it. A girl in the class from Estonia really dug the story- most enthusiastic of the bunch- next to the the girl who has a British father. I loved explaining to them the meaning of certain phrases and words. EAP was such a descriptive writer, it was really fun.  When I got to the part " has welled up from my own bosom..." I decided to draw them a well to explain the phrase "welled up." After I drew them a beautiful well, with a wooden thingy holding a bucket and some water at the bottom of the well, I heard laughter in the back. I realized that my picture was quite beautiful and teenagers have such great horn-dog imaginations. Me, flushed with embarrassment erase my beautiful drawing toutes de suite. Then a wonderful student asked me "what's a bosom?" great.... Overall, it went well and today was the first day I felt most relaxed. This is proving to be a rewarding experience and I am very happy.

By the way, I got the keys to my new pad, moving in this weekend!!


  1. So glad to hear you've found a place. We miss you and can't wait to see you soon.

    I love you!

  2. I can see you drawing that in front of the kids. FUNNY. Congrats on the new digs. Maybe you'll send me, via e-mail, your new address?

  3. Picturing you drawing a beautiful well in front of your class had me lauging my derrier off.