|Breakfast by the river|
The biggest thing I did this week was start my practica (internship) at the colegio. I know I told you about it last week so I’ll skip to the good stuff. I “observed” seven classes this week, I use “observed” lightly because the only class that I actually “observed” was taking a test. All this rest of the classes I dove into head first…which was great. Monday is my heaviest day, I’m there all morning and have four classes. Two of the classes have 8/9 year olds and the other two have 11/12 year olds. It’s nice because I have both of the 8/9 year old classes again later in the week. For the younger kids I basically introduced myself and then helped them go over their workbook pages because they have a test coming up. I read the examples out loud because it’s good for them to hear it in a native English accent. For this coming week I have to make lesson plans. It’s a little confusing because I don’t really have any guidelines but I made a Halloween based lesson, so I guess we’ll see how that goes! #wingitproductions With the older kids I introduced myself and then they got to ask me questions. They were mostly normal questions (favorite color, food, etc.) but asking if I preferred Sevilla or Betis (the city football club rivalry), if I owned a gun, and if I had a boyfriend was also quite common. They were (not surprisingly) all appalled that I didn’t eat meat. Also there is a descanso (#snacktime) mid-morning and on Monday two kids offered
me cake as it was their
birthday and they brought it in to share. Man that reminds me of the good old
days! On Thursday I had a class of 14/15 year olds. It was quite intimidating at
first, but once I got into introducing myself and answering questions it was
much better. I also wasn’t sure how much I liked the teacher until I talked to
her and found out that she had only been teaching that class for 3 days!
Finally, on Friday I had a class of 3/4 year olds. It was really disorganized
because I hadn’t officially been assigned to a class yet and the program
organizer was out of town. The kids were adorable, and obviously there isn’t too
much you can do with teaching English to basically toddlers when you’re
completely unprepared, so it was more like babysitting, which was fine. Oh, and
the teacher left the room for like half the class. Lesson learned: my Spanish is good enough to keep 25 3/4 year
olds from destroying a classroom. In total: I adore my practica and would
rather stay at the school all day than go to class. I’ve been thinking a lot
about what I want to do “when I grow up”. This internship is already making me
think about teaching but also has renewed my interest in post-grad research in
the field of language acquisition. It also occurred to me, it would be really
amazing to work on establishing a bilingual program at an existing school or a
stand-alone bilingual preschool/daycare. That combines research with
application, which is all I really want out of life.
Another defining moment of this week was the fact that I didn’t have my computer until Friday. YAY for having it back but not yay because all of the data on my old hard drive is still on my old hard drive, but they're working on transferring if off. Also the wifi at our house stopped working on like Sunday night and we didn’t get it back until Friday morning. It was kind of a struggle in that I had to either buy something at a café or go to the university and hope that one of the computer rooms was open in order to check my email or do anything on a computer. In some ways it was nice, I went to bed early almost every night (except the nights I couldn’t fall asleep due to...a variety of reasons). It was frustrating though because everyone else in the house seemed to still used their phone (they had data or pre-loaded social media while at a place that had wifi). Regardless, the issue is resolved and I have both a computer and internet access at home now.
Since I’m tired all the time I always have an internal battle of whether or not I want to go to my flamenco class on Tuesday afternoons (LOL I must be from Spain, my class is from 8-9 which in my defense is before dinner). I always go because, well, I already paid for it. I usually end up having a good time but this week was exceptional. I’m not sure what it was but I had a blast. Maybe I’m finally getting the hang of it!
|The Best Pastry Ever|
|Ester and I last night|
|Saturday night dinner|
|Breakfast "muy tipico" at Cafe de Indias|
|La Gitana Loca|
Having been here for 7.5 weeks I feel entitled to give an award for the best cup of coffee in Sevilla. I’ve tried many places and I know there’s many more to try but Cristina and Co (across the street from the university) is AMAZING. I go there to intercambio with Alejandra twice a week and it’s amazing, on Thursday we didn’t meet but I still went to get coffee there. It’s just a simple café con leche for a euro twenty and it’s great. I think the university cafeteria is second, but Christina’s wins for sure. So if you’re in Sevilla, give them a try!
Okay folks, I think that’s all I’ve got for ya! I have another busy week coming up (wooooo midterms!) but I hope everyone has an amazing Halloween…eat lots of Reese’s for me!