It's a wrap!

First of all, "it's/that's a wrap" is used in cinematography to say that a scene or a movie has been finished filming and everyone can go home. So of course it's filtered its way into our everyday life as an informal yet concise way to say that something has come to an end. So what exactly has come to an end? The first year of Your English Space! This post is dedicated to all of my students (old and new) who have decided to study English with me, so thank you all for your kind words, recommendations and support over the past year!

 

Behind the screens of YES


I want to use this post to explain a little bit better what's going on behind the screens (pun intended) of Your English Space. A year ago, I went out on a limb and decided to take my part time teaching job and turn it into my full time job. I had no idea how to set up a business, and still don't really, but I have learned a lot over the past year, though of course I still have a lot to learn. Let's put it this way, teaching lessons is the fun part! When I'm not teaching my lovely students, I'm planning their lessons, managing social media and doing a whole bunch of other admin work that is, quite honestly, really boring! But that's all part of being self employed, and although at times all the extra responsibilities are overwhelming, I must say I've definitely grown a lot this year, both personally and professionally.

 

What do English teachers do in their free time?


Many years ago, not long after I had first started teaching in a school, this question came up in an elementary school class, and I told my students to draw a picture of what they thought us teachers did when we weren't teaching them. You can imagine all of the things that they came up with, but the one that made my colleagues and I crack up more than the rest was a picture of all of us together drinking at the bar. That child will go far in life, haha! Anyways, I get this question a lot - "what do you do on the weekends?", "what are you doing for your holidays?", etc .etc. - and I always manage to answer quickly and then turn the attention back to my student to allow them to talk more. So today I'll give you a little sneak peak of what I like to do when I'm not sitting in front of my computer!


I like, in no particular order, cooking, baking bread, snowboarding, hiking, working in my garden, hanging out with friends and family, drinking beer, making homemade cosmetics, cycling and speaking other languages besides English.


So little student was right about at least one of the things us teachers like to do in our free time. Sometimes I feel like our students (young and not so young) think we sit around all day thinking about how to complicate English as much as possible to then torture our students in their lessons, haha! I promise we don't, we're real people with real hobbies, just like you!

 

See you in a month!


So, on that note, I want to wish you all a very happy summer, I hope you all manage to find the time to do something you love, be it on holiday or even just at home. I will continue giving lessons until the middle of August, but the blog will be taking a well deserved rest until September. So, stay cool, stay safe, and have an awesome fun filled August!

 

Glossary

  • concise: direct and to the point

  • go out on a limb: to take a risk

  • to "put it this way": a way to rephrase something so that it is better understood

  • to come up with: to invent, create or discover

  • to crack up: informal for - to laugh a lot



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