⏰ The CATCH-UP FOR MY ABSENCE THIS WEEK
Those of you who couldn't have classes this week due to my sick leave, but would like to catch up on them, please use the calendar HERE and choose the most-suited day and hour. It works both for regular lessons and conversations.
⏰ NOVEMBER BANK HOLIDAYS
November has got an abundance of bank holidays. What do we do with that?
⏰ DECEMBER BANK HOLIDAy
Also my Monday students, please find a day to reschedule your 26th December classes as this is a Bank holiday.
Our first month of courses is almost over. On the one hand the awful weather outside works to our advantage by offering us more time indoors, which could also translate to more time spent learning the language. But on the other, we are all more prone to catch nasty colds and the like.
And that brings me to to my first announcement
If you are under the weather, and you feel that your energy level is too low to attend your lesson then RESCHEDULE it. Your wellbeing is important to me and it would be more beneficial for you (and for me) if you are able to participate actively in your classes.
But, please remember that you have to reschedule your class; otherwise the lesson is cancelled but it is also 100% paid. So act wisely!
those of you who have had your classes in September - we will be revising the vocab covered in the first weeks of October; please settle your Quizlets if you haven't already done so and you can expect a short test!
I am generally quite happy with your work and involvement in the lessons. I know you try your best. However, I have decided to come back to my original idea of the lazy panda sticker for those of you who seem to procrastinate on doing homework. If you notice the sticker in your learning space, feel encouraged to do something about this. However, being "awarded" 3 stickers will mean that we need to have a serious talk.
Also, please don't take this announcement personally. I am not talking about missing your homework once or coming unprepared once in a while. I am talking about constant negligence.
As it happened, not everybody started their course at the beginning of September. I really hadn't thought it over and didn't make necessary changes in my pricing policy concerning such cases. However, now I have cleared things up concerning late starters. I put the new condition below here but it's also included in the offer. Please mind that I am aware of the fact that it was my oversight and I am taking full responsibility for that. In other words, the conditions will not apply to the students who started in the middle of September and who hadn't been informed about the new policy prior to the course commencing.
Late starters - students who started their classes in the middle of a month. Your fees (for the staring month only) will be calculated using the table below. Please mind that that is not a standard way of payment and it only applies to the first month of your course provided that you haven't covered the number of hours include in the course offer.
Thank you for the questions you have already sent to me for my Q&A Part 2. If you still would like your question to be included in the post please put it below.
Also, if the questions are quite similar I will try to combine them. I 'm accepting new questions till the end of the weekend (3.10.2022)
Please remember that all the questions are anonymous and that you can read Part 1 of the interview HERE
I hope you are All enjoying the summer. I have been doing bits and pieces and yesterday I thought that I would give you a short update of what's going on here and there.
💬 MY SUMMER BLOG - I keep it short and light but I really enjoy the final product and have been thinking of taking it to the next level. Read HERE.
💬 INTERVIEWS WITH MY STUDENTS - I am very happy to tell you that I have already conducted some of them and very soon you will be able to see them published. My dream is that every student would take on such challenge. Remember you can still enroll HERE.
💬 BUSINESS CLASS ON QUIZLET - please start using it for regular checkups and motivate me to share more sets. If you are not a member of the group, you can join us HERE.
💬SPECIFIC COURSE INFO - this message is only for the 2022/23 students who failed to send a form but completed the enrollment. Please, please take action NOW and fill in the form. I need your input to plan your course. Also, if you have decided not to continue the course despite the enrollment it would be nice to tell me about it - no hesitations needed. The specific enrollment form is HERE.
💬 LINKED PAGE and WHATSAPP UPDATES - I try to keep you in the loop but also I don't want to bombard you with all the possible updates that come to my head. I will continue to send you whatsapp updates unless you wish otherwise (to unsubscribe click HERE). You can also join the TMM Linkedin Page HERE.
If there're any issues you wish to talk to me about please Whatsapp me. Thank you.
Some time ago I had this brilliant idea of having interviews with my students. At that time, however, I wasn't so technologically advanced plus I definitely lacked organisation skills to oversee the whole process. However, I still managed to publish two wonderful interviews at that time - you can read them HERE.
This summer I would like to relaunch the project. And I'm looking for bold and flamboyant characters to join me in this venture.
The plan is to meet up for conversations during which I will conduct the interview with you. What you gain, is not only a toll free conversation, but also the opportunity to share your hobby, passion, project or an interesting idea with others.
After the interview, the text is transcribed, edited and finally published on my blog as a written content.
Please give this idea a thought and if you think this is something that you would like to do, fill in the box below.
For me it will be an absolute thrill to showcase your story, and for you ... well ... it will be a challenge but also an experience which I believe will take your motivation to the next level.
Your final test will be held in June, and it needs some advance preparations.
The best will be in a form of a presentation - you can use Power Point, Google, Prezi or realia and yourself - if you dare.
The presentation should be prepared and well-thought of.
It needs to comprise of 2 topics that we covered this academic year - one topic from the first semester and the other from the second.
You can spend 2 min on each of your topics presentation. After each presentation there will be questions from me- but connected with the topic of your presentation.
The last part of the test - which you can also include in the presentation- will be your 10 favourite words that you learnt in 2021/2022. You will present them to me, give examples of how you can use them.
At least one part of your presentation will be recorded.
I hope this is super clear but if you have any questions please ask me at the beginning of your next lesson.
This is a very short announcement saying that I am starting the enrollment process.
I'm taking on returning and new students in the number of less than 20.
You can either take regular classes or conversations, or a mix of them.
For terms/conditions and fees please click HERE and read the text carefully.
If you are a returning student, you will be offered a 10% discount on regular classes.
I do not offer this discount on conversations, though.
Please pay special attention to the cancellation classes section as it has been changed.
If you have any questions please do contact me directly and I will be happy to clarify any issues.
Here's a form to fill in. I am trying to remember your learning and scheduling requests but things often change and I would like to be in the loop.
Thank you very much for your work and involvement this academic year.
It's a great and a challenging year! Hope you enjoyed that as much as I did.
Wishing you all great summer holiday!
If you would like to leave me a recommendation please do it HERE. I'd really, really appreciate that.
I think I'll meet some of you again after the summer break. The final offer is not ready yet but when it is you will be informed and asked to confirm your enrollment.
Tests are coming
The end of the academic year tests will be held from 22-26th of June. Please revise everything we have covered this year. The test will include Quizlet sets and a set of questions based on the things we've been doing in the lessons.
Summer conversation courses will be run in the summer months. Please check the info here. If you're interested please enroll now as the number of places is limited.
INTERVIEWS WITH MY STUDENTS
I hope you have all read my first interview with Basia. It got a lot of positive feedback and generated significant interest. If you still haven't read please click in the link below. Also, I'd very much appreciate if you can leave a trace of your presence under the post in the comments section. I think it will nice for the interviewees to see your support. Thank you.
I've already have a couple of interviews planted for the upcoming months. Having said that, however, I want you take initiative and TAKE PART. Please take a moment to think what would you like to share, poke me and the rest will be history.
I will be taking some new students from the next academic year. If you know somebody who is looking for a teacher please spread the word.
I would like to thank you very much for the hard work on this project. I am really glad that almost all of you have got to the end. I must admit that my project coordination wasn’t the best, and there’s some room for me to improve in this area. The circumstances were also working against us but having said that I also need to highlight how incredibly informative for me as a teacher this project was.
Your questions were good and your recordings too. I especially appreciate the ones which were direct talks to the camera. I think it takes a lot of guts to start a camera, record a talk and send it to a total stranger. Well done, all of you who decided to do that.
To those who weren’t that brave - well, I do hope that it will be your next step. I strongly encourage you to do that. There’s no progress without leaving your comfort zone.
The feedback you received from your buddy will be sent to you in an email. But I really feel I need to share a few tips on How to give feedback
THE GUIDED TALK
I enjoyed watching these videos a lot. And again, videos - not audio recordings.
I have learnt a few things from them.
1. Working with your buddy has got different dynamics than working with your teacher. Your teacher is primarily interested in you getting your message across, and your language partner not necessarily. And this is how it is supposed to be. When you talk with your buddy, both of you are interested in your own performance, focus on your shortcomings and your communication. That’s why working with your buddy gives you a bit more insight into your communication skills. My suggestion here is to continue working with a buddy. Maybe a different buddy, maybe in a less intensive way but still.
2. Learn the words, phrases or vocal signals to show that you are listening.
There’s very little of that used in your conversations. It would be a good idea to make a list of all these expressions and try to incorporate them on purpose during your talks.
The expressions could be as such
3. Do not go on and on about something. I am trying to remind you this every time we’re having a guided dialogue task in the lesson - use 3 sentences and throw a ball to your partner’s court. Do not dominate the conversation. If your story needs more than 5 sentences, go ahead but do not make it a habit. Also, try to check during your talk if a person has a similar knowledge, experience, beliefs - and then come back to your original story.
4. Do just sit in silence listening to your buddy. It might happen that your buddy is far more talkative than you but you need to learn how to interrupt a person otherwise you’re being dominated in a conversation and lose your engagement and interest. If you are a participant of such a conversation you need to act. Look for the moments that your partner takes a pause, finishes a sentence or a thought and grab the opportunity to say something.
5. Write down the words or phrases that you had problems with during your talk. In the conversation, it might happen that you don’t know or don’t remember the word of the cuff. Then it would be good to write these words down and look them later up in a dictionary. Do not overdo it, though. Focus on max 5 words.
6. Record and watch your talks. I would suggest a very short sample like a minute or so. Watch it and think about what you can improve. Especially look for the words that you often repeat and try to look up the synonyms afterwards.
7. If you decide to continue your cooperation with your buddy, and let’s say meet twice a month, it is good to come a little bit prepared for these meetings. You can either do some reading before the talk to familiarize yourself with a topic - this solution is great, but let’s be honest - a little bit time-consuming. So if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands prepare 5 words or even better, phrases that you would like to use during the talk and practise.