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August 01, 2005

How Much Free Time Do You Have?

Good Monday morning everyone!

As I was going over this weekend's comments, I came across this one posted by Kenneth, and it raised some serious questions in my mind. (Hello Kenneth!)

"When I go to a new job, I'm afraid there's no time to sit in cafes drinking coffee and eating food because all my spare time is taken up preparing for my classes. If it's a year long course then it will take me one year to prepare, and providing I can repeat that course the following year, then I can go for coffee. However, that doesn't usually happen and therefore, I spend all my spare time, locked in my room, preparing for my next class and I have no time for dreaming about exotic places. I know, it is sad, but it is reality."

Does this describe everyone's experience teaching ESL?

Although I admit that teaching does take a lot of time and a whole lot of commitment, I simply can't imagine doing it and not making time for the fun stuff, too. Whatever country I've been in, I've always made it a point to explore the culture and experience the food, people, etc.

Tell me I'm not the only one.

Let's all weigh in on this one. Do you have time to experience the culture if you're teaching in a foreign location, or are you "locked in" preparing for your classes like Kenneth?

I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Michelle

Posted by msimmons at August 1, 2005 05:32 PM

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