Mid-Year Madness

It’s hard to believe that it’s already halfway through June but Term 2 is over and I have to say I’m pretty knackered. Though, if I’m being honest, I was exhausted by the end of week 3 so I’m not sure how I managed to get to the end of week 10. It was mostly the weekends teaching the young learners for 10 hours that got to me, especially ending it all with a challenging teens class. Teaching adults during the week was pretty easy since I only had three classes.

I started teaching Business English at the start of term. It’s really different from teaching the adult classes that we teach in the afternoons in quite a few ways. These classes start in the evening and are only two hours long (compared to the three-hour afternoon ones). The students are older since they are working adults (compared to the mostly pre-university students in the afternoon). I also found that the older students were more motivated and inquisitive when it came to their lessons. They asked a lot more questions during class and they were just very much on-task all the time.

It was challenging for me not only because it was my first time teaching Business English, but also because the learners’ expectations were higher, which meant that I had to step up my planning and really get into language analysis and anticipate all the questions they might have so that I could have a ready answer. I was planning for one hour less but also spending more time planning. I absolutely loved it. I loved the challenge and I liked that it was different from the routine that I had been doing. The late finishes are not ideal and the content isn’t exactly the most interesting for me, but finding ways to make it interesting and engaging is something that I’ve really enjoyed. Also, having Business English experience on the CV is an added bonus.

Currently, it’s four days into term break. It’s actually a pretty long break this time around which I’m quite thankful for. It would have been a great time to fly back home to see the family but I’m still not allowed to leave the country for another month (due to tax reasons). I could travel around the country, but honestly, I’m just so tired that staying home is actually amazing. I’m doing a 30 day art challenge on Instagram which I’ve been doing diligently and I’m supposed to be working on two online courses (Applied Linguistics and Jolly Phonics) which I haven’t gotten around to just yet — being the procrastinator that I am — but I will do soon.

I’ve now been in Penang for nearly eleven months and contract completion is coming up soon. They’ve asked me to extend my contract and I’ve happily accepted so I’ll be staying on the island for a little bit longer.

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