SEMESTER 1 TEST
The semestral tests are scheduled for the week of February 5th. This is an opportunity to showcase your learning and understanding from our recent lessons. Here are the key details:
PS. The INKA course students and new students are not included in the test.
SMALL TALK IN FEBRUARY - COME PREPARED
Our focus for the upcoming month of February will be on developing and refining our small talk skills. Small talk is an essential aspect of effective communication, helping us to build rapport with others.
To enhance our practice, I would like each of you to come prepared with something to share at the start of every lesson throughout the month. This could be:
Remember, the goal here is to be spontaneous and authentic. Don't stress over perfection; the aim is to get comfortable with casual conversations.
TERRIFIC TEN CHALLENGE
Great job on the Terrific Ten Challenge! Your increased engagement and improvement are impressive and truly commendable. We will continue this challenge until the end of the academic year, so keep up the fantastic work!
CLASS CANCELATIONS AND RESPECT
Regarding class cancellations and similar matters, I urge everyone to uphold a mutual respect in our interactions. It's important to fill out the absence form promptly and not wait until the last minute. Remember, if neither of my two proposed catch-up session options are accepted, the missed classes will be charged in full. I ask for your understanding and cooperation in this matter, as my motivation, like anyone's, has its limits. Let's work together to maintain a respectful and efficient learning environment
ANNOUNCEMENTS ONCE A MONTH
The announcements will be scheduled for a monthly release as a general practice. However, in cases of additional urgency or special requirements, they will also be communicated on Friday afternoons.
TERRIFIC TEN IS A MUST
Terrific Ten is a weekly practice session designed for all students, excluding those enrolled in the INKA course. No need for surprise – it's an inclusive opportunity for skill enhancement. There will be no additional reminder included in the announcement from this year.
I would like to kindly request your support once more in submitting a recommendation on LinkedIn. Unfortunately, I have lost all the testimonials from my website, as mentioned in my previous message, and would greatly appreciate your assistance. A heartfelt thank you to those who have already shared such positive feedback about me!
If you are considering a winter holiday, please remember to complete the absence form in advance. Numerous classes had to be cancelled in December, both due to my illness and your various commitments. I would appreciate your cooperation in avoiding a recurrence of widespread cancellations.
MY PERSONAL BLOG
After the Christmas holiday, I received some feedback from a few students regarding my personal blog. I sincerely appreciate your kind words. I primarily write there for my own benefit, aiming to keep my writing skills from getting rusty. Admittedly, I haven't been terribly consistent, but I hope to be more productive this year. Nevertheless, I believe that the texts I produce serve as a good language model with positive expressions. I encourage you to visit from time to time.
I'm sure you're swamped with stuff right now, so I'll keep it short and sweet with the announcements.
A big shout-out to those who took the time to pen down their recommendations for me. It truly means a lot!
CHRISTMAS BREAK and CATCH-UP
The break starts today 22-12-2023 and continues till 01-01-2024.
02-01-2024 is the first day in 2024 for classes to be run.
Any catchups possibilities will be listed on Wednesday 27-12-2023. You will be notified by Whatsapp on that day.
Amidst the myriad of matters, both significant and trivial, my heartfelt wish for you and me this Christmas is to delve into the profound essence of the season, discovering the true meaning of Christmas - which is
God with us.
For crying out loud, read my announcements!
It takes literally 2 minutes, 3 if you are super slow and 4 if you are ... :)
Another great set in Terrific Ten
Guys, dive in. Come on you can learn 1 word per week, can't you?
My heart to heart blog post - the sweet sound of THEORBO
I absolutely loved writing it. And I hope you will absolutely love reading it.
The info on Christmas break was given last week - see last week's announcements. I will most probably open some slots between 27-29. Pls let me know if you are interested to catch up then.
Due to the fact that my website is no longer supported by the comments app - I lost all my testimonies. This is a huge blow for me, so I am kindly requesting all you who are on LinkedIn to support me by leaving your Recommendation there.
If you've received a specific request from me through that channel, I'd be immensely grateful if you could spare a moment to share your recommendation. Your contribution would mean the world to me. Thank you for your kindness.
Missed classes last week
I appreciate your patience and understanding as I gradually return to work. I want to express my gratitude, especially for your support last week when I wasn't feeling my best. Also, I want to be transparent about the missed classes during my absence; regrettably, I won't be offering any opportunities to make up for them. Some of you may have noticed that I have adjusted your invoice accordingly. Thank you for your understanding.
There's an official Christmas break scheduled from December 23rd to January 1st. However, if I'm feeling up to it, I might open up a few slots for those eager to catch up. Stay tuned for more details coming your way soon!
New Learning Space
Your learning space is back in action! Take a look, and if anything seems off, shoot me a message ASAP. We had a little hiccup, but I've made some changes to hopefully make it smoother and more user-friendly. Thanks for rolling with the punches!
I really hope by now no one's caught off guard when I bring up the question on latest word from the Terrific Ten. I genuinely enjoy every word I feature each week. This time, I've thrown in one I snagged from Boris Johnson. Any guesses which word it might be?
New QandA- Questions please
While I was sprucing up the website, I stumbled upon the Q&A questions submitted by my previous students. I've already crafted two posts like this in the past, but now with a bunch of new faces around, there might be fresh questions in the mix. That's why I'm excited to kick off a brand new Q&A session and address any burning questions you might have. Drop them in the box below – it's all anonymous, so no need to stress. Get creative!
In a total nutshell
- I am down with some kind of virus. And it seems to be the one which is particularly nasty. I am definitely not working till the end of this week (01.12)- so all the classes are CANCELLED. Should this time be prolonged you will be notified.
- I am down and the website is also down. I have given the support team time to resolve the issue till the end of this week. The chances are slim that you will be able to get what you had. If this is the case, I will start working on your new learning spaces as soon as I get better.
I have been refreshing my profile and the about me section. I have added a new window for testimonials. If you have anything nice to say about me and the classes, please fill it in for me - just click the pic below. Thank you.
I've opened a few slots for booking, in case you are planning to be absent. Please go to your Learning Space and click the booking form.
There will be a Christmas break - definitely between 23-26 December. However, the exact dates of the break will be given next week.
Terrific Ten will become our weekly habit so from now on every single lesson have 1 word prepared from the previous week set.
Oh, and there's a relatively new post on my Personal Blog on Forest Therapy - HERE - feel invited to read.
Thank you for reading.
Thank you to everyone who reads my announcements and takes the time to leave comments below! You are my top-notch communicators!
Who is not in the loop
For those who are still in the dark about the November Challenge and wondering what's so special about November 30th – well, it's actually a day ... :)! To catch up on the details, I recommend diving into the Week 1 announcements right HERE.
The winner of our Student of the month - October edition 2023 is
Congratulations to all, with a special acknowledgment for those three!
When to contact me on Whatsapp
I beg you, use the CANCELATION FORM for class cancellation.
Terrific Ten - Week 2
The Terrific Ten November Week 2 is ready and willing- hop in HERE
Starting November, I'll be consolidating our updates into a more comprehensive Friday message. Honestly, it might be a bit weightier, but the goal is to avoid the bombardment of frequent messages. We'll test this approach throughout November and, in fact, decide if it becomes a permanent part of our communication strategy.
I would genuinely appreciate your thoughts on the content below. Feel free, even more, feel INVITED to drop a comment below—even a simple indication that you've read the post would be great. You can leave your initials, name, or a nickname. Thanks a bunch!
OCTOBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH
The October Student of the Month challenge has come to a close! I trust you enjoyed the journey, and I'm eager to hear your feedback. Many of you have inquired about the winner, and although I initially didn't plan on having one, your curiosity has led me to share the feedback with independent observers. Their task is to discern the most deserving candidate in their opinion. As a result, the official results for the October 2023 Student of the Month edition will be unveiled next week. Stay tuned for the exciting announcement!
Get ready for a Quizlet-packed November! It's time to dust off your sets and dive into some revision. To inspire you to explore the marvellous vocabulary residing in the Terrific Ten sets on Quizlet, I'm launching a "Pick Up One Word" program. Beginning next week, I'll be asking you to share a single word that you've picked up during the previous week of Terrific Ten. PS. This week's set is already HERE.
CANCELLATIONS, RESCHEDULLING and 30.11.2013
I've already dispatched an email to each of you outlining the modifications in our policy concerning rescheduling and cancellations. If you haven't had a chance to review it, kindly check your emails dated November 3rd with the subject line "CHANGES."
Additionally, I'd like to announce that on November 30th, regular classes will be suspended. Instead, the day will be dedicated to catch-up sessions and additional classes, covering any missed classes from November and accommodating potential rescheduling for December. If you wish to secure a slot, kindly make your reservations promptly -HERE
Student of the month challenge is BACK in October
In October, we're gearing up for our feedback month, and just like last year's successful Student of the Month challenge in November, this year promises something even more insightful. Starting this October, every Friday on our shared Feedback page - HERE, you'll have the opportunity to delve into my concise comments on your work from the week. Not only will you gain valuable insights into your performance, but you'll also get a chance to peruse comments I've shared with other students. Rest assured, your privacy is my top priority—your name and surname will remain confidential, just like last year, with only your initials being shared. Get ready for an enriching feedback experience!
Course offer changes, also in October
Starting in October, there will be significant changes to my course offerings, including modifications to the scope, duration, and fees. I wanted to assure you that these changes will have no impact on your current course, and you can continue your studies without interruption. I felt it important to inform you as my courses primarily rely on recommendations from my valued students like you. However, please note that the specific course you are currently enrolled in will no longer be part of my future offerings.
Forms need to be filled!
September has brought an unexpected surge in rescheduled classes, and I want to take a moment to emphasize the importance of using the cancellation form consistently. This streamlined process makes it immensely easier for me to manage changes effectively. I kindly request that you refrain from notifying me during lessons or via WhatsApp messages. By utilizing the form, you free up your slot, allowing me to offer it to another student who has also submitted the form. I truly commend you for adhering to this requirement. It's essential to understand that while I strive to provide alternatives, I might not always have the opportunity to do so. Please trust that I always exert my best efforts, but I do have my own limitations to consider. Your understanding in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Headphones, headphones; kingdom for headphones
Headphones, dear students, are an absolute necessity. Besides the obvious benefits they offer, I implore you to remember to have them on hand. If nothing else, please do it for me. When you join a session without headphones, I often hear my own voice echoing back through your computer. This, to put it mildly, can be quite nerve-wracking and incredibly distracting. It's paramount for me to maintain focus during every class I conduct. Your cooperation in this matter would greatly assist me in delivering the best experience possible. Thank you for your understanding and assistance in ensuring our sessions run smoothly.
Tenacious talk on Quizlet
If you haven't jumped on board with our Quizlet class - Tenacious Talk- yet, it's not too late to give it a shot. It's a pretty nifty tool that can make learning a breeze. Also, if you ever want to chat about the words we've covered after the week wraps up, just give me a heads up at the start of our lesson. I'd be more than happy to do a quick review with you. There's extra practice waiting for you, so make sure to take advantage of it. Your dedication to your own learning is awesome!
I leave the comments section open, if you have questions, suggestions or you just want to let me know you have read it ;)