As per usual: it’s my third consecutive night of suboptimal sleep (and it’s only the beginning). Just a few bullet points on today, and I’ll be off to tell myself ‘sweet dreams’.
- Groggy-eyed, arrived in school at 10 to 8, having survived – for the 6th time – the alleyway infested with dirty, fiesty and loud dogs. I hate that alleyway, and unfortunately, I have to walk through it to and from IALF everyday. I had a fear of stray dogs before arriving in Bali… but, I’m afraid, this fear has deepened. Luckily, the 5 others that stay at my accommodation with me, have been looking out for me… 😉
- Started with my 2nd ever class in an unknown natural language… as discussed, I have the peculiar (yet wonderful) opportunity to build awareness of Romanian. We used Realia (a recently learned English-Language-Teaching term) in the form of various stuffed teddy bears to conduct a basic role play saying: ‘Hello, my name is Koalina. What is your name?’ ‘My name is Ursulina. Good morning! How are you?’ ‘Me? I am great! Thank you! How are you?’ ‘Excellent!’ ‘Have a good day!’ Admittedly, I got very much into character and toyed with pitch and tone to play different characters, as I switched between teddy bears. I really enjoyed it! 🙂
- I discovered I can buy an exceptionally tasty Iced Cappunico at IALF for 3500 Rupiahs (imagine, 10000 Rupiah is about $1.00). It made me realise how EXTORTIONATELY ripped off we were (or – how unacceptably stupid we were) not to hunt for cheaper prices during the first two weeks in Bali. Nonetheless, I shared a disproportionate level of gratitude to the waitress that served me, exclaiming: ‘You have Iced Cappuccino?!? For 3500 Rupiah? How much? 3500?!! Oh my goodness! You have just made my day!!!!’ (I got giggles from her and her other friends).
- I had my first phonology class. Ehhhh – it was okay. I find the chart quite difficult, and I realised I speak English funny. My accent is neither English, Australian or American – when studying it on the phonetic chart. It puts me in a bit of a conundrum if ever I need to use it when teaching English, as I’m not sure my accent is the best to emulate!
- We had another session on ‘classroom management’ – very very very easy considering my delightful experience working at Ingeus…but it was very nice to be positively reinforced that I was doing my job correctly.
- I taught my second class today around the theme of ‘Families’. I hope I can get copies of my reflections – it would be nice to add them to my blog (I’ve handed them in though, so this won’t happen yet!)
That’s it for now! I’ve written more than planned! Good nighhhht! 🙂