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French progress: week of 7-13 July 2014

July 14, 2014
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French progress: week of 7-13 July 2014

Earlier this month, I decided to intensify studying French and scale back on Japanese and Hungarian. I used to spend an equal amount of time and effort in all 3 languages. But the divide-and-conquer strategy wasn’t working too well for me, especially with my busy work schedule. I felt that I am making great progress…

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Thoughts about my stint as an English reading volunteer

March 22, 2014
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Thoughts about my stint as an English reading volunteer

Teaching is one of our company’s activities for corporate social responsibility (CSR). Every Friday each week, my teammates, boss and I worked as volunteer teachers. Together with other volunteers from the company, we go to a public school in Taguig to spend one hour teaching grade 1 pupils how to read in English. Normally, grade…

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Drowning in office and school work

September 20, 2009
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For the past two weeks, I’m up to my neck with stuff to do at work and at school. It does not look like things are improving much at the office. I still can’t go on holidays any time I want, among others. I’m seriously thinking of quitting by year-end if I can’t get a…

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To “handouts” or not to “handouts”?

February 7, 2009
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That is sometimes not the question in my school. I heard from one of my former students about the use of handouts in our Japanese school. Basically, we give out handouts containing supplementary exercises and other notes not in the books (like Mojica-sensei’s keigo and sonkeigo notes). Other that those, we were told not to…

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やる気のない学生

October 24, 2008
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先週の土曜日、学生は2人しか来ませんでした。本当にがっかりしました。私のクラスはそんなにおもしろくないとか、いろんなことを考えてしまいました。実は、そのクラスはちょっと難しいです。何というか。。。なにもわからないことはないですが。。。みんな、頑張らないです。みんなは興味がなさそう。。。という感じです。 熱心な学生もいれば、やる気のない学生もいると、先生が言ってくれました。もしかして、朝のクラスの学生は未だに中途半端??それはダメですよね。時間とお金の無駄ですよね。。。だから、早く退学したほうがいいんじゃないの??

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教師はつらいよ!(It’s tough being a teacher)

July 21, 2008
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教師はつらいよ!(It’s tough being a teacher)

Kyoushi wa tsurai yo!* I love teaching Japanese, and I look forward to my classes every week. I love what I do and I’m being paid to do what I love. However, after almost a year of teaching with no worries, reality hit me…it’s tough being a teacher. All these months, I thought if I…

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Day 2 – Teacher observation

August 31, 2007
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Day 2 – Teacher observation

As students of the Teacher Training Course, we are required to sit in Elem 1 and 2 classes to observe different teaching techniques from more experienced senseis. The first class we attended as a group is Keli-sensei’s Elem 2 morning class. I have to say that I loved Keli-sensei’s class. Her method might seem ordinary…

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Career blah

May 6, 2007
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I officially started my new job yesterday (checks time)…on Friday, May 4th. But I already reported to the office on the 2nd and 3rd for trainings. I can’t say much about it since I am only a few days old into the job. Will post more probably after my first week. All I can say…

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模擬授業 - Trial/practice class

March 23, 2007
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Mojica-sensei (Edwin-sensei) told us that Kouchou-sensei (Betty-sensei) wants our class to have a 模擬授業 as soon as we finish Chapter 5 of the book. As expected, everyone was surprised with the announcement. We weren’t happy with it…we were scared! Besides, we thought it was too early to be doing practice classes. Those usually come in…

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あけましておめでとうございます!

January 22, 2007
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It’s the third week into the new year and my blog still hasn’t been updated. Sorry, very busy with…stuff. Ok, tis the time to make resolutions again. First, here’s a review of my 2006 plans and how I fared: Debt-free 2006 – Check. I’ve managed to fully eradicate my credit card debt. Wipee! Thanks to…

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