Well this week has been all sorts of exciting!
First of all, yesterday I finished my two-week observation period at my two schools and I absolutely loved it! If I had known how much I was going to enjoy it, last year would have been a lot less stressful. I started first at Lycée Ledoux, which is where I work for 8 hours a week shared over Mondays and Tuesdays. For most of the lessons, I stood at the front of the class so that the students could do a Q&A style interview with me. The questions they asked were fun and they got to know me a bit which was good for them. Then I got asked some really interesting questions, for example questions about Brexit. This then resulted in me giving a presentation to the class on the referendum and my personal views as they didn’t really know much about it.
Some classes were asking me about the Queen and the Royal Family, and I think they were quite surprised to see how much I love the Queen and they compared it to how much they don’t like François Hollande!
At Collège Lumière, I will only be working 4 hours a week on a Thursday. (Yaaaaas I’m free on Wednesdays and Fridays!!!). The pupils here are a bit younger and so with some classes I did do more actual observing. Nevertheless I still got asked some interesting questions including “What’s your phone number?” from an eleven year old! Also, a lot of the pupils were really confused to see me in their class rooms and in one of the older classes they thought I was a 15-year-old student there to join their lesson. But overall, the students at both of the schools have been really pleasant to spend time with and I’m definitely looking forward to spending the next year working with them.
In other exciting news, WE NOW HAVE WiFi. By Monday night I really had given up and just accepted that I would have to wait a few more weeks. Then when my housemate Kenamy had a genius idea and it worked I had never been so happy. It sounds silly as I was only without wi-fi for 2 weeks and I was still able to use it in the town centre in the week, but just being able to catch up with corrie and FaceTime my lil dogs made me so happy, (and you mum ly xx).
Since my last blog, it has also got a lot colder here in Franche Comté. On Sunday we went to Belfort to visit other language assistants and the weather really turned. At one point we were sat in a restaurant and it started hailing and lightly snowing. Then suddenly we were in the middle of a thunder-storm and with a big bang all the electricity went out!! But despite that it was a lovely day and we got to add another Citadelle to the list.
So in between freezing to death in the apartment (there’s no heating until next week) and catching up on all the Netflix I’ve been craving, this week we (Me, Daniela and Kenamy) went to a TANGO class. Wow I can’t believe it either but it happened. And it was soon fun!! We were the youngest ones there by at least 20 years, except for one of the teachers but everyone was so nice to us! For the most part I just sat and watched as everyone was putting their dance shoes on and I had rocked up in my trainers. Towards the end, one of the teachers took us to the back whilst everyone was tangoing around the room, and she taught us the basic technique of dancing with your partner. Next thing I know Phillipe, the other teacher, decided it was my turn to tango! Before I knew it I was dancing (or at least trying) round the room to some funky tango music and that was that. It was so fun and different though.
Tonight we’re going to Salsa so that should be another experience! I’ll tell you all about it next time! I only have Monday at school and then another induction day on Tuesday and then we’re on holiday for two weeks.