This week I had some adorable messages from some of my old students who just discovered my blog. The fact that they were even reading it in the first place would have been heartwarming, but their messages melted and even slightly broke my cold British heart. I received such an outpouring of concern about my …

  [For those of you who don’t follow my every move: For the last nine months I’ve been teaching English in a state school on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.] When I first suggested starting a French club to my co-teachers I was met with silence and a blank stare followed by awkward side glances. …

  1. Marking sucks. Remember how teachers used to moan about their workload, and bitch that we only had to do one piece of homework while they had to mark 60? Yeah, they were right. And I don’t even have to mark homework. The first time I marked my class assessments it was kind of …

  As I’m currently brushing up on my Spanish before heading to Colombia, I’m thinking a lot about the way that I learn languages in the hope that it will make me a better language teacher when I get there. People tend to be quite shocked when I tell them that it’s my fifth language …