I’ve been meaning to write an article about teaching in Abu Dhabi for a couple of weeks – I never thought I’d be writing about the murder of Ibolya Ryan – an American teacher I recruited to teach in Abu Dhabi in 2013.
My husband moved to Korea to teach English about 10 years ago. His boss picked him up from the bus station and promptly brought him to the school where Stephen would be teaching all the little darlings. First day off the plane ended up being his first day of work. If you have worked in Korea before, you know this is not out of the ordinary.
The world went into panic mode when the media released news of the Ebola virus. Spreading rapidly through parts of Africa within months and eventually making its way internationally, the Ebola virus poses a serious threat to those who come into contact with anyone infected.
I would be a big, fat liar if I said that TESOLers who blow their money drive me bonkers. In reality, I know how exhilarating it can be to spend all that shiny, new cash we make from teaching on clothes, dining out, drinks, and whatever else suits our fancies. Spending money is fun, but what I've come to realize, is that saving money is oh-so-much-more gratifying.
English is a notoriously difficult language to learn. There are many phrases, homophones, and colloquialisms that can prove tricky to English language learners. Anyone who has traveled to a non-English speaking country (or even some places in English speaking countries) has probably seen some fantastically bad translations or business names.
I have been settled back in the USA now for over half of a week, having flown back, with my departing from Abu Dhabi at 1:40AM on 1/8. I still have the sense that my internal clock requires further fine-tuning, such that I am waking up earlier than I expect to and becoming quite tired earlier than I usually do.