This week saw my last lessons of the academic year, with just exams to run next week. It took me a while a year ago to get used to classes of up to 45 students, after 8-10 in my last job and the attitude of the students was quite different too, with quite a lot of apathy from quite a lot of students. Smartphones were a constant curse from day one - seemingly an unstoppable temptation for many of the students. But as the year progressed I think I managed to get most of the class to focus more with a mixture of humour, interactive activities and a polite but firm refusal to allow any sleeping or under-desk texting! We had Powerpoints, educational games, visual aids and songs as well as grammar, homework and Speaking/Listening exercises. Some of the foreign teachers have not been offered a new contract for next term but apparently my feedback was good enough for the University to keep me on.
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