The Internet is Back!!!

Hello, there!

As you can tell by the title of this post, there is *finally* stable Internet in my flat! I’ve been without it for almost a month in France (which is absolutely ridiculous), and while it was a long, convoluted, nightmarish road to acquiring it, I’m just so glad that it’s here (and to stay, hopefully!).

I’ll spare you the details of how I got my Internet (maybe save it for another post), but until then, expect more posts to come soon. I’ll also *finally* update my French blog C’est la vie américaine later this week, so expect that as well.

Any case, this post is simply for me to update you on what’s been happening overseas. Again, I’m just so glad things are coming into place; until then, à bientôt!


— Rebecca

How to Survive your OFII Appointment

Bonjour, tout le monde!

You might think that, after getting your VISA and making it through stage/formation, you’re finally ready to start living the life in France for the next few months.

Not so fast.

Before you can finally breathe again, there’s one more *very important* thing you must do in order to officially (and legally) work in France: surviving your OFII appointment.

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What’s in a Name? (Learning names while teaching)


Now that you’ve survived your first week(s) of observations, it’s time to start teaching! Besides planning lessons to, hopefully, enrich your students’ minds on your respective country’s culture, it’s also important to have some classroom management (aka discipline) skills to ensure that things run smoothly and that the students don’t start acting up and not listen to you (’cause you know how some kids can be…).

So how do you effectively manage your students?

…by knowing their names, of course.

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What to Expect During “Stage”

Bonjour, assistant(e)s!

…and it’s that time of year again…

…so you’ve arrived in France and have gotten acquainted with your school and town. Perhaps you’ve even already found a place to live and have opened up a bank account. But before you can begin teaching and starting your new life abroad, there’s one more thing that you will have to do: attend teacher’s training.

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