Greetings, dear reader, from sunny Grease. The lead-up to leaving for Greece was a little bit hectic with classes that I was trying to finish up before I left. I finished up my classes with the Palestinian girls on Wednesday before I left, and I’ve got to say that it was really difficult. You wouldn’t think that 15-minutes makes a difference for either job but in fact, I had a really hard time teaching them for a total of 2 hours. They are going to continue with me in August and while I’m not really happy about it, I need the work. . Their father asked me for a progress report after each class. For the last progress report, I also contacted him via WhatsApp and sent him a message saying that it would be helpful if they practiced their English outside of our lessons otherwise nothing is going to stick. We will see what happens with that. I also finished with Galini, but as with ShinWei, she and I are going to keep in touch so I will likely see her in different situations. In wonderful news from the English Center, I will be teaching an intensive in July. The total intensive is 21 hours which I will be teaching 14. I will be teaching with my friend and colleague Marike who used to be the scheduler for the English Center but now is just teaching for them. We have decided that we will meet by Zoom on Monday after I come back to talk about how best to approach teaching the intensive. And this will include assigning homework before the class even begins.
In my private client world, I am completely on hiatus from my Chinese client though I have contacted her to see if she is nervous about her upcoming teaching competition. A’s not so much a hiatus as it is a vacation. We will take a week off. I did not want to have to teach as they are frequently rolling brownouts on Crete to conserve electricity. There is nothing worse than trying to teach and having the electricity go out. It’s the same deal with George and Jerry, and Odhran in Ireland. I simply did not want to take the chance that there would be a lack of power to be able to teach and frankly, it’s nice enough that I don’t want to stay in the hotel room teaching when I could be outside.
In terms of writing, I have a little bit more flexibility with writing my own stuff while in Greece because theoretically, I could do it if I wanted to. The problem is I just don’t want to. While in Greece, I was keeping abreast of what was happening in Amsterdam via the WhatsApp group. We have some members who meet on Sundays via discord. I do not have time for this one as I already have Sunday commitments and I don’t feel like being online. Since Sunday is usually a work day that is absolutely fine. I am very happy when my group meets in person on a Saturday because then I can also meet.
That’s all she wrote for this Inkreadable Installment. But stay tuned. As always, there is more to come.