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!). … Continue reading The Internet is Back!!!

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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 … Continue reading How to Survive your OFII Appointment

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

Bonjour! 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 … Continue reading What’s in a Name? (Learning names while teaching)

What is “Observation Period?”

Bonjour, assistant(e)s! Now that you've survived your first week at your school, you probably have already gotten a feel for the staff, the students, the atmosphere, and the things you're expected to do as an English teaching assistant. However, you also know that you won't start teaching right away, no not at all. Under your work contract, … Continue reading What is “Observation Period?”

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 … Continue reading What to Expect During “Stage”