I started at 9.45am, 2nd class of the school day. No worries about getting there as I went to the school yesterday to explore and be shown around by the coordinator Teresa, and introduced to everyone whilst I smiled, nodded and pretended that I actually did understand every word being said to/about/next to me. Everybody was very friendly though.
Other teachers and language assistants will sympathise with me when I talk about lessons that have reached a bit of a dead-end, students that taking a while to get into the swing of things, students that are too shy to talk, or lessons that simply did not take as long as intended. During these lessons, we are often left with time that needs to be filled with activities that can be done on the spot, with zero extra materials (except a pen, paper or post-it notes!). Here are my top 7 games to fill that lesson time...
Although preparing your year abroad back home may seem like a lot of faff, paperwork and what not, but the prospect of going to France and dealing with all of that, all over again and in - aaargh - French can leave you with a bit of a headache. Filling out forms, no speaking the bureaucratic lingo and no knowledge of protocol. This is where this article comes in: what to watch out for, how to get the most out of your money and what you can sign up to. Read on to find out more:
ThirdYearAbroad.com is a mine of invaluable information and top tips. To help you stay on track, we've decided to extract the best of the best to create a master list of things you need to do/buy/prepare for/be aware of before your year abroad.
Louise is studying German at the University of Warwick and is coming to the end of her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Lauf an der Pegnitz in Germany. Here is her advice about teaching in a small town: the German School System, the expertise required, the benefits and how being placed in a small town isn't the end of the world: it's a fantastic opportunity!
If you’re planning on moving to Spain for your year or semester abroad, you will be thinking of accommodation, bureaucracy, bank accounts and much more. It might be wise to read our Culture Shock section for more tips about Spanish working hours, politeness and more before you set sail to the Iberian Peninsula. Read on to find out what you should do when you arrive, how to sort out lodgings and what to look out for regarding money issues and more...
Trying to gather my ideas and get sorted for my time spent as a teaching assistant in Karlsruhe, South-West Germany. Even in writing that, there’s heavy irony; I should probably be investing time spent blogging in sending off yet another form, ringing student finance or e-mailing a German student with regard to accommodation & flat-sharing.