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  • Sunday 13th February

    Author: Saul Pope Type: Reference material

    The fact that they’re high-flyers gives problems of it’s own. Last year I taught the very wealthy but very busy director of a meat factory (his office always smelled of smoked sausages), or at least tried to teach him as I spent much of our lessons watching him get redder and redder as he answered the 100 tense work phone calls he seemed to get per hour. That was when we actually had lessons; several times I turned up and strolled into his office only to find that I was interrupting ...

  • Tuesday 15th February

    Author: Saul Pope Type: Reference material

    In the real world things are fortunately a little brighter, although the difficult weather grinds on and on and on….some time in the middle of April I’m hoping there will be a nice day or two. And everyone is still either off sick or shuffling around the office sniffing and coughing.

  • Saturday 19th February

    Author: Saul Pope Type: Reference material

    I can’t get my mind off my first ever time in St. Petersburg, which coincided with me starting my teaching career. Perhaps if I write it down I’ll be able to get it out of my head. So here goes…

  • Sunday 20th February

    Author: Saul Pope Type: Reference material

    Having spent Wednesday immersed in the first chapter of Headway Elementary, I entered my new classroom with every part of my body shaking, although this was perhaps in part due to having encountered a man masturbating in the bushes outside the school on my way in. I am sure there is no good time to be witness to the unpleasant and shocking spectacle of someone pleasuring themselves in public, but 10 minutes before starting a new job is certainly not a great time for ...

  • Monday 21st February

    Author: Saul Pope Type: Reference material

    By now, having successfully got two elementary groups through the rigours of Headway Elementary’s ‘Stop and Check’ sections, I was (wrongly) considered by my employers to be a lower levels specialist. My next task was, having been refused the chance to take my present groups for the next level up, to teach a few groups of complete beginners. Complete beginners are getting rarer and rarer in Russia as most children now study some ...

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