This post was prompted by Alex’s question on a post I wrote about EAP presessional courses. His question was simple.
You teach EAP during the summer, so what happens the rest of the year?
Instead of answering in the comments section, I though I’d write a quick post, just to tell you my context which may be similar to yours.
I live in Greece and the school year is from September to end of May (private 1-2-1 teaching). I also teach Business English online. There my students are grown ups with kids, so they take summer holidays when schools are shut (same time as I do).
This means that every summer from mid June till mid September, I am free. I do not have that much work and that’s why Pre-sessional EAP courses are great for me. I ❤ them. I get to teach in a different context to what I do in the winter. I work at a university, which is really challenging and stimulating, my learners are from a different country altogether AND I get to be in the UK which I love.
Why don’t I teach EAP all year round? Firstly, I have not pursued it (not that any one has asked me to stay-just to be clear, eh?). Secondly, I have never lived in the UK during the winter, so dunno if I can handle it!! I am from the south people!
You may also ask, do I mind working all year round? Nope. I kinda have to work all year round if I want to do the things I do. I am not complaining, and anyway I am a workaholic, a shopaholic/travelaholic or just a spendaholic. I work, enjoy my job, make money from it, spend my money. Simple stuff.
Of course I miss out on the Greek summer, but if you think about it, the summer in Greece lasts from May till end of October. It’s always warm, especially on my little island.
So, there you have it. That’s how and why pre-sessional courses work for me. This summer I will be going back to Sheffield University for their 10 week pre-sessional course. Cannot wait!
Do you teach pre-sessional EAP courses or a summer school course? Tell me your story in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow my blog if you are not already and give my Facebook page a thumbs up so that you do not miss notifications! You can follow me on Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram
Till next time….
Very interesting! My life in Greece is very much like yours and this year for the first time I’ll be teaching international teenagers at a summer school in England. Im looking forward to doing something productive in the summer as well as getting away from the Greek heat. Any tips for me?
Sounds like you’ve got things worked out nicely Joanna. Thanks for the post!
I wonder, is there anyone else out there who is doing something similar to Joanna, but UK-based?