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Diary 2: Fire fighting

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    Well, the week has started in style, with a visit by my wife and I to the local cinema, strangely, at least to the English ear, but perhaps appropriately named ‘Freckle’. I say appropriate because it’s generally a kid’s cinema, and the word ‘freckle’ (veshnushka) sounds better in Russian than it does in English. Anyway, on this snowy Sunday evening we were the only patrons, and felt somewhat like celebrities being treated to a preview showing of a new film (though we’re ...

  • Friday 28th January

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    This week I’ve made an important decision about my future. From some time in the near future I am, through my school but footing the cost myself, going to start studying for an accredited DELTA. This is a big decision in particular because it has effectively determined something I’ve been wondering about for about, well, three years – am I going to seriously try and build myself a career in ESL teaching? I do not consider myself to be a great traveller or adventurer ...

  • Monday 31st January

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    A day of putting out fires, if ever there was one. The first thing that happened this morning was that a teacher told me he is leaving the school, and wants to do so as soon as possible. Second piece of news I had was that another teacher is in hospital, and will be until at least Wednesday. At least next it was good news; a teacher is going to have to cancel a lesson tomorrow, but because he needs to take his heavily pregnant girlfriend to hospital; she’s due in a couple ...

  • Tuesday 1st February

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    That I spent ten minutes after my open lesson signing autographs suggests that it did go well, even though I’d had no chance to prepare for it and barely knew what the theme was. Strange (and flattering) how many students treat English teachers like (admittedly very minor) celebrities. It does seem a bit absurd that someone should want to get a photograph taken with me or to get my autograph, but if it acts as an inspiration for them to work harder at learning English ...

  • Friday 4th February

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    Apart from finally getting some time with Katya, I can at last have a good think about what’s really been bothering me this week – no, not the teacher leaving, but whether it is better to play a 4-4-2 or a 5-3-2 system as Leicester City in Championship Manager. There’s also a small matter of urgently needing to buy a new defensive midfielder and asking the board of directors for some more transfer money. I never did get that game in last week…

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