Un fin de semana genial
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September 20th, 2009 – by: lindsaypo
Saturday was Shannon’s birthday. So we woke up in the morning and Maria let us use the kitchen to make pancakes with Shannon’s gluten-free pancake mix, which we accompanied with gallo pinto (Costa Rica’s famous beans and rice dish), huevos picados (scrambled eggs), coffee and fresh fruit. Yum. Then I did a little lesson planning before the birthday party ensued.
My host sister, Maricruz, made reservations for bottle service at a nice club at 9 pm. So we met everyone from our class at our friend’s apartment at 7, where I made my delicious guacamole and others made fajitas, quesadillas, sangría and mixed drinks galore. Then we headed over to the club to dance the night away. All I will say is that there are some pretty interesting characters in our TEFL class, but there are a lot of really great ones too.
Sunday was recovery day, as well as lesson planning central (shout-outs to Adena, Marni and Kristen and anyone else who is currently lesson planning/teaching!). Teaching ESL is pretty hard, since there is a very specific technique to it. Maximo Nivel, the language institute where I'm training, teaches us that you have to get the students to talk at least 60% of the class and "pull everything and give them nothing" in order to have a good class, which is much easier said than done. Today I taught my first full class and I did pretty well, even though I was super nervous. My students for the week are at the advanced level, so I get to do more fun things than the basic class with them.
Tomorrow I am teaching a grammar lesson (the difference between "used to" and "to be/get used to"), and I'm kind of excited because I have pictures of celebrity train wrecks to elicit examples, like "Britney Spears used to be in rehab, but now she is getting used to being a responsible mom." It should be a fun class. I'll find out about jobs within the next few days, but as of now things are still up in the air. I really have no idea where I will be a week from right now, but it could be anywhere from here to a small town on the Pacific to Peru. I will definitely keep everyone posted. Hasta pronto!
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