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The Tide is High….

Don’t you just hate it when you can’t remember the English language? It’s embarrassing when it happens, but even worse for me being an English teacher! In my final class of the day, towards the end of the class, I lost all sense of English and how to explain words. We were doing financial vocabulary, of which I honestly don’t know much of anyway – so ten minutes before the end of class, I had to call a halt to proceedings – it was useless to continue. I had lost the will to live, and I could see the 2 students were so tired after a long working day.

Talking of better things, I went to the bookshop yesterday 🙂 This was preceded by a visit to my favourite cafe for a pot of fruit tea while reading my book. Yep, I finished By the River Piedra, I sat down and wept and it was a very uplifting read. So, off I trotted to the shop and bought three more books. One, which I have delved into already, and am loving it and nearly finished, is Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. It is a wonderful story, filled with tales of Bath and social ettiquette. I also bought the next in the Erast Fandorin series, Turkish Gambit by Boris Akunin, which promises to be a blinder. The final book I bought was another detective/mystery book by Greg Iles – Third Degree. I have read lots of his before, so I know I shall enjoy it. One time, I must get back down to reading The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky, but it is such a big book to take on the metro, I fear I shall have to read it solely at home. I also need to finish Orlando by Virginia Woolf, so I’m not wanting for books at all! I can’t stop buying them!!!!

There is only one full day left before I have to do this dreaded teacher training. I heard on the grapevine that my boss has postponed his own seminar, due to take place yesterday, until September. This means that I will be the first in the seminar series – not sure if that’s a good thing or not – at least I won’t have anything to live up to. Today I was searching for good activities to do with them. I don’t want it to be a grammar lecture, by all means – they should know this grammar, and I’ll assume that they do – we’ll be doing some different practice activities that should prove fun and useful. I hope. Then we have the pronunciation stuff to do. Oh, it’s gonna be fun!!!

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