Week 3-4

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I have spent most of my time preparing teaching and reading materials for week 3. For week 4, I completed compulsory training on information security, while continuing to revise my research protocol. I have had the same routine of work and the same food everyday for the last two weeks: instant ramen with kale and peas.

On the 26th, I met all of my colleagues in my faculty at a seminar and got an individual workspace on campus. The biggest news of this week was that Luca got a job. It seems that almost everything has begun to settle down for both of us!

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Spring week 2

My classes in week 2 gave me a clearer understanding of the characteristics of each class. The Monday class has been very successful so far, because most of the members seem to enjoy talking with classmates using the target language. Wednesday’s class seems more serious in terms of the class activities. The students are very keen to study grammar and writing. These classes might go differently!


Congrats!

Luca finally got a job today! It was his first ever job interview. Congratulations to him, I am really happy to share this happy moment with him!

His 22-year life has been filled with non-stop academic work, he said. Since he did not have any internship experience in the past, the four-month period of job hunting since last September was a rough time for him. I was uneasy because I could not help him at all in terms of finding a job or working out what factors obstructed him getting to the interview stage.

However, he was patient enough to look for a job that suited his area of study and that is likely to take him to the next stage in his life. I was less patient than him and often exposed my anxieties.

He made today’s quick lunch as a mini celebration: parsnip soup, leftover pizza, and a glass of red wine. I learnt one thing: his job hunting turned out to be successful because he overcame a hard time. I tend to be hasty, so I need to have a more open mind about things that have yet to happen.

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Spring week 1

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I survived the first week of my teaching at university. I made almost all of the teaching materials based on ESL teaching models. With Luca’s support and ideas, I built the first lesson plan and activity sheets. I am sure that I could not have carried out this position without his help, and I found another of his talents as a good teacher. I would like to be like that!

I have two classes a week in this semester, Monday and Wednesday. Both are beginners. The atmosphere in each class is a little different. Monday class with 15 students is a more fun environment, and the students love conversation-based activities. The Wednesday class with 16 students is more serious, and they are keen to study reading and writing, as many of them are planning to visit Japan for work.

The process of each section of the lesson was smooth. I was really happy to know that they seemed to enjoy the first lesson! I need to develop my teaching skills and class management skills from now on, because I would like to help with their learning and development of language skills and their future careers.

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Week 2

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We have had mild weather here in the east of England. My first proper week was not very busy except for Tuesday, and I was able to achieve my three goals for this week. The first meeting with my supervisors on Thursday went well!

I also completed a training module and made my teaching plans. I spent a few days until 7 pm at the library, but as it gets pretty dark on the streets in town around 8 pm when I go home, it is better to go home early.

Luca and I are still eating the Panettone and Pandoro which we got for Christmas, and I still have three more boxes.

My goals for the next week are to

  • do my best in my first lesson
  • complete a programme on information security
  • work on my proposal
  • socialise with someone on at least one day