Sunday, February 6, 2011
New semester, new students
Week one of semester two is over and done, and I have met my lovely new students in French. Having just finished exams it's nice to start fresh and get a new bunch of recruits in. I have a nice group it seems and I'm looking forward to getting them going as they seem pretty keen. I'll admit that on day three with them I had the overwhelming sense of "holy crap, how am I going to get them through all of this?". I like to start speaking as much french as I can from the outset, which means lots of blank stares when I say "Sortez une feuille de papier" etc, and it always feels a little scary. I don't think that I'm the only teacher who gets a bit nervous when the new semester or school year starts, but sometimes it's nice just to acknowledge that it's hard to believe that I do what I do for a living and that so far have survived the first week jitters again. I think it keeps me on my toes too, which isn't a bad thing!