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{November 26, 2013}   A day in the life of an in-company language trainer

Today I was working with two of my students on routines and I asked them to simulate they were writing an entry on a blog about them. It looked like a good idea to make them express themselves freely about the things they do during the week, and when I saw the results I couldn’t have been prouder! And… As I couldn’t help thinking how wonderful the idea was, I decided to come back here to share my days with you.

As you may know, I’ve been working as an in-company language trainer for four years now, with some extra job done at schools lately. At the same time, I’m finishing my course of studies (four subjects to go!) and I’m married. You may be already thinking how I organize myself to do everything… Well, I think neither I know…

Weekdays are pretty busy for me. I start my day at 5:30 am and after a quick breakfast, I dash to the bus stop (except those days my husband goes to the office, he works from home frequently).

My lessons are scheduled weekly, so I know well in advance who I am going to be teaching and what to work with each student. Lessons are organized in such a way that sometimes I have several lessons in the same company, and sometimes I run from one company to another.
Lunch time varies, so I can eat some sandwiches or a full meal, but until it’s time for lunch I don’t know what I will do.

As I work as a coordinator at the institute I give lessons for, sometimes I go for some time to work there, preparing exams, updating the institute’s blog or getting materials ready to share with teachers.

When I arrive home, usually after 5 pm, I relax by watching some series with my husband, surfing the net, or reading. If I have classes at college, I may be getting home around 11 pm, what leaves almost no time for (home) life during the week.

I’m a strong believer that weekends are for relaxing, so except on those strange occasions where I have to correct exams, study for college or prepare very specific lessons, I try to do some housework and spend time with my husband and pets (I have a cat and a kitten). I love going to bed early so going out is an unknown activity lately, though I really enjoy inviting friends over for dinner and game nights.

I try to organize myself to spend my free time as quality time that I can profit from, and even my working hours I try to enjoy through the design of activities that are appealing not only to the students but to myself too. Some of my students require specific skills work in English, for example, speaking for presentations, so I try to provide interesting materials for them to learn and enjoy the lessons. I rarely have to design grammar lessons per sei, but when I do I really like them!

Note: I’m going over all that I wrote above and I still don’t know how I do it. The worst thing is, I don’t think my daily life looks as busy as I wrote, but those are all the things I do! (Wow)

Note 2: I believe this is one of the longest things I’ve ever written here, so it looks like I’m back!

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