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Hot, Bittersweet and Jam-Packed with Dissertations


That’s how I would describe my days of late. “Hot” because the Greek sun does not mess around. Holy guacamole! It’s only early June, and I am already wilting in the heat; Gingerus Maximus doesn’t do well in this climate, … Continue reading

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Putting on Our Big Kid Pants


As planned, I went into my research paper class this morning and asked them what consequences they thought would be fair. After expressing my disappointment, I explained my dilemma as a teacher: on the one hand, I had told them … Continue reading

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Classroom War Stories: Challenges and Successes


Three weeks ago, I began a series of classes on American-style research papers for one of my classes–a class mainly comprised of students who plan to attend university in the United States. We devoted whole classes on the basics: what … Continue reading

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(Greek) kids say the darnedest things!


At one of the schools I teach at, my job is to run practice speaking tests for the English certification exams (Michigan ECCE and ECPE, Cambridge FCE and CPE) with the students. It’s something I’ve really come to enjoy, actually, … Continue reading

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Teacher Face


As a teacher of English as a foreign language, I’ve definitely learned the power of body language. Only a few of my students are low-level English speakers, but it helps even those with near-bilingual proficiency–physical cues help not only overcome … Continue reading

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“It’s just a goat head”: Changing concepts of normalcy at the three-month mark


Well, folks, it’s been three months since I arrived in Greece. It’s hard to believe that my time here is almost a third over. So much has happened and changed. While talking with a friend the other day about my … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life


If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be an English teacher in Greece for a day, you’re about to find out! November 19, 2010 5.45 – Alarm goes off. Grumble grumble grumble. 5.47 – Oh, wait. I’m … Continue reading

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