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English as a Second Language

June 29, 2016 Leave a comment

I have a good news: I have been teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to 9-10 years old kids and I’m pretty good at it. Well, so far my students were adults and young adults; once I was the youngest one in the classroom! Moreover I don’t know any kids in my family, I don’t really look for their company..I’m not into kids. So when I learned that I had to teach kids I was a bit nervous. And even more nervous that I had to teach ESL. A first for me. I know English but it doesn’t mean that I know how to teach it.

I remember nights before beginning those ESL classes, I was totally stressed out; I couldn’t sleep. I thought I would never be able to 1) teach ESL 2) deal with young kids. I even thought about calling to cancel the classes. I lack so much self-confidence… it’s amazing. But I survived!

After several weeks, the kids seem to learn English and the most important : their parents are satisfied with their progress. The parents are so happy with the results that they asked me if I’ll be teaching again next semester because they would like to have their kids in my class. It seems also that they talked about me to their friends who would like their kids to join my class. I’m so surprised by all this. You have no idea. So it seems that I am rather good at teaching kids ESL.

Oddly enough, I don’t see much difference in teaching young kids and adults:  funny stuff, games, repetitions, songs, etc. But I think teenagers is a very different public. No game for them because “games are for kids” and they are “not kids”.

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Zumba, Yoga (and Yatta!, for the rhyme)

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Remember last year when I took 2 classes: “meditation” and “a journey into consciousness”?

This year, those classes are offered again – but I won’t take them for 1) I was disappointed by “a journey into consciousness” 2) I don’t need to be taught how to meditate anymore. I know how to do it now. Plus, I meditate regularly.

But there are two new classes that interest me and they are: Zumba and Yatta!! Hatha Yoga (for beginners). I never did any of those things. Zumba seems fun and exhausting, Yoga more peaceful and relaxing. The classes are just 5 minutes by car from where I live (for once it’s not at 20 minutes from my place! Everything seems to be 20 minutes away from my place!!). I could take both classes or just one… or none. I guess I’ll try to register for the Yoga class; it has been on my to-do list much longer than the Zumba class. Yes. I’ll do that. It would be a “plus” for my meditation practice and Zumba, well, I go to the gym already so it’s not as if I wasn’t doing any physical activity.  And I’m scared that I won’t be able to keep in step. If I could just go to just one Zumba class, to see how well/bad I do, I’d do it.

Okay, now, I just have to find my yoga mat, it’s in one of my suitcases, somewhere…

…maybe I should register first. >.<

Learn from dogs

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

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Last meditation class

April 12, 2010 2 comments

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:-D

March 17, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve been very positive lately. I’ve never been that positive before. I even catch myself smiling while taking my shower in the morning!
At the therapy group sessions, lately I’ve been looking for some reassurance and comfort. As if I needed to be told that I’m doing good.
As I said to them, I’ve been working hard to get better and I have to admit that I thought it would have been much more difficult. Not that it is easy but I thought it would have much harder than that. And the fact that it is not very difficult makes me think that at the beginning I wasn’t really suffering from clinical depression and that I wanted to commit suicide. That all that was a fucking joke. How could you explain that after a year I’m doing already all these stuffs if I wasn’t at first very ill?!?!  But in the same time I know that it was a very serious and dangerous clinical depression and that I seriously thought to kill myself – I had my plan and everything.
What they told me is that if I have this feeling it’s because I’ve been working hard for a whole year and it pays off.

In a year, I missed only one single group therapy session because I had an appointment with a doctor.
I take both group and individual therapy session every single week.
I learned about AvPD – and without this knowledge I wouldn’t have known where to start in order to recover.
I go out and hang out with some people at least once a week – movie, hiking, board game nights, parties, French meeting.
I go to the restaurant alone every single week.
+ the meditation class and the class “a journey into consciousness”
I read books about self-improvement. Like the OSA (Overcoming Social Anxiety). Now that I’m done with this program, I can see that it really really really helped me. I have still several books to read about all this.

It pays off already. A little but it shows me that I’m on the right track.

A Journey into Consciousness

March 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Class #1.

Two hours of class – it’s waaaayyyy too short.
Several times I refrained myself from crying. Till now, nothing new. It’s a good reminder of
1)what I did during the summer on my own
2)what I am supposed to do.

It was much needed: Signs that I’m on the right track, that it takes time and pratice.

The instructor talked about post-its, signs to put everywhere (as I did before — I had up to 11 papers on my walls telling me what to do and what not to do..); he also quotes Wayne Dyer. I listen to Wayne Dyer’s audio book – it’s sooo long. When I’ll be done, I put online a written version of what I kept from this audio book.
So, yeah, I put signs back on my walls – I had to remove the previous ones when my parents came to visit me. I don’t think I’ll learn much from this class but it helps me to reconnect with all these ideas that I almost forgot. Already! :-/

Never forget that I have the Choice.
Don’t listen to your feelings. They lie to you.
It’s the best thing I can do for myself.
See every experience as a LOG – lesson, opportunity or gift to get better.

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Some quotes

March 1, 2010 Leave a comment

“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds”.
R.D. Laing

“The journey to wholeness requires that you look honestly, openly, and with courage into yourself, into the dynamics that lie behind what you feel, what you perceive, what you value, and how you act. It is a journey through your defenses and beyond so that you can experience consciously the nature of your personality, face what it has produced in your life and choose to change that”.
Gary Zukov

“Every emotion that you experience in your life is a choice”.
Wayne Dyer

“If your happiness depends upon what somebody else says or does, then you have got a problem”.
Illusions

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome”.
Samuel Johnson

“When you begin to see from the perspective that everything in your life is a Lesson, an Opportunity or a Gift (LOG), the moments are periods of emotional suffering pain and suffering you experience will diminish significantly”.
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