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I’ve been zapped, thrown a curve ball, blindsided. Today I was teaching a class in the academy where I work, which is my base, my home, where I mingle with other English teaching professions like myself; and where I get my hands on extra material and teacher’s books and the like I don’t want to shell out my own money on. It’s not a bad deal.

 
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Anyway, we were doing a quick homework check, so I said something like, “You’ve got the answers in your book, so just ask me any questions you have about vocabulary or whatever, but make it snappy, we’ve got a lot of material to get through today.” Now advance lazy teachers like myself rarely actually go through the workbooks to see everything the students have toiled long and hard over. So a student asks me, “What does “balaclava” mean? Now I very much hate to admit this, but I’ve never heard this term before and was in fact half wondering if she was taking the piss out of me as the Brits so charmingly say. But she was serious. And I was in trouble.

Now as an advanced teacher this is not the first time I’ve been faced with a baffling query whilst facing a class full of students eagerly awaiting my enlightening words. I tried to maintain a facade of composure, but I think they must have sensed my befuddlement when I stammered, “Uh…what?!!” But luckily this timid girl meekly said, “I looked it up. It means “pasamontaña” in Spanish.”

Saved by the brainy girl! And of course! When asked a question like that, you should look sternly at your students and say, “Does anybody know?” If nobody does, you look at them as if it were their fault for not looking it up, give the offending student a dictionary (happily available in all the classrooms where I work) and demand she look it up.

Dictionaries are great: they’re my friend. I wish I had an electronic one for my private classes, but alas they’re too dear for my pocketbook, at least the good ones are. Maybe one day the God of English teachers will deign to bestow one upon me.




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May 18th Update: Course Director plus 5 teachers needed for 50 hr / week intensive courses 09:00 to 19:00 Monday to Friday on following dates.
5th to 6th June; 26th to 30th June; 3rd to 7th October. Material provided, transport and lunch paid. Please specify availability for these intensives in application.


Interlang needs teachers for following classes
Added 18th May: 3. Mon/Wed 14:30-15:30 Group Class metro Cuzco to start Mon 22nd May. 4. Monday to Friday (5 mornings) 1:1 high level Exec in his house in La Moraleja. 5. Monday 07:30 to 09:00 and Friday 08:00 to 09:30 in company in Villaverde right by bus stop.


IH Madrid are now recruiting teachers for the 2017/18 academic year, starting in October. .
If you are a dynamic and motivated teacher with experience teaching Young Learners and Adults and hold a Cambridge CELTA or equivalent, please send your CV and covering letter to Alex Bishop (abishop@ihmadrid.com).






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