As many of you might know, I’m currently an English university lecturer in France. Just recently (meaning, yesterday), I completed my first semester of teaching, and while I will say that it had been a long and *sometimes* bumpy ride, for the most part I enjoyed it much more than what I’d done as a teaching assistant in Normandy in the previous two years.
In essence, this year I have more autonomy with my classes and students, planning out my own lessons, creating my own exams, and overall giving out the final grades. Certainly a lot of power, to say the least, but I feel that this year has been a lot more *actual* work, on my part. At least for this past semester, I only taught second-year university students whom, generally-speaking, have a more consistent level of English than otherwise, and are more or less motivated to learn the English language. While it hasn’t always been easy at times, I would say that the majority of it has been relatively good.
Technically, I’ve finished early in the semester, since this is only Week 9– thing is, I’d scheduled my schedule in the beginning of the year to be only nine weeks long in duration, as opposed to 12 weeks, so that it wouldn’t conflict with travel plans (since my family had already decided to visit me during the soon-to-be Christmas holidays). As a result, I have a whopping two-and-a-half months worth of vacation, which is far too generous for someone who’s only worked a mere 12 hours a week. All the same, I can’t complain!
There’s still lots to be done concerning grading final exams, and giving out final grades, but for now, I’m cherishing this break from teaching to relish in the freedom to go about doing whatever I please until the end of January (really!). I already have one month’s worth of vacation planned, and I’ll be planning the second month’s soon. We shall see where this *long* winter takes me, and I’ll be sure to let you know! Until then!
— The Finicky Cynic
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