Category Archives: work

TESOL/TEFL/TESL/Cert/Diploma…. what??

As the end of my TESOL season draws to a close, I find myself thinking about what I do and what it’s all about. Nothing new there, but here is an opportunity to clear up a few misunderstandings about the … Continue reading

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the end of the dip…

Well well well. I am sitting here in my pyjamas, sipping tea, with a little bit of a hangover and quite frankly a strange sense of nothing much to do… A text message from a colleague woke me up this … Continue reading

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What are you studying?

There’s a question I dislike almost as much as “What do you do for a living?” See my post https://graceelizcomeshome.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/what-do-you-do-for-a-living/ for more on that one… So I am temping at the moment. In fact I have just finished a 5 … Continue reading

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Temporary Joy once again

So it’s that time of year again. Teaching has gone slack, and I take the opportunity to have a well-earned break from the TEFL world and dip back into the world of office and temporary jobs. I have been here … Continue reading

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What do you do for a living?

How many minutes after you have met someone do you ask this question? I made a conscious effort not to do this recently when I became acquainted with a group of people. Does your job define you? Is it who … Continue reading

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Why do we do it?

Why do we do it? After every break I have (planned or unplanned) from the TEFL world, I go through a similar set of emotions and feelings. There is the slow (although sometimes quick) recognition of memories that work their … Continue reading

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Into the lions!

You enter the classroom, or arrive at the door and there are 30 of them waiting: pacing, snarling, looking for a fight, or if you are lucky and it’s the last lesson they have already had their feed you might … Continue reading

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office observances

A few thoughts about life in the office… as a temp. Once I had figured out where all the agencies were (they had either moved, gone bust or renamed or all three), written a somewhat appealing CV, re-tweaked the somewhat-appealing … Continue reading

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How (not) to write a CV

I have just started my 4th temp role since arriving in the UK, which isn’t bad going when you consider the ridiculousness I went through even to get an appointment with some agencies. Not long after I arrived home I … Continue reading

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temporary joy

A few weeks after arriving home, the large numbers in red with the few polite-but-serious-letters from the bank meant that I couldn’t really sit about stretching out my jet lag for long – it was apparent that I needed to … Continue reading

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