Made in Canada

Have you ever stopped to think about the landscapes in Canada? This country takes on many shapes and sizes and with these, various cultures and ways of life. I’ve traveled a bit through Canada, visiting Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia (I have obviously failed to visit the east coast – but soon, I promise!)….

Tasting culture

As previously posted, I was teaching an ESL course called “Fee for Service” where students pay a fee and get lessons – as opposed to other ESL classes such as LINC where it’s government funded for new immigrants. In this class, my students were visitors here on vacation, or here on a visa of some…

Live, work, breathe… coffee!

After a while of part-time tutoring and teaching, I found I still wasn’t making enough. I was spending way too much time traveling around the city of Ottawa trying to make ends meet with barely 20 hours to my work week. To be fair, a teacher’s wage is excellent, but it’s hard finding full time….

And now we wait

It’s been just under a week since Pat and I’s JET Programme interview. And, it was only about a month ago since hearing about our interview. The event was heart-pounding – we got the email in our JET Inboxes around 10pm. At first, I suggested waiting until the morning to check the inbox, but Pat…

the winter wastes of Ottawa

It’s only about a month into the new year and Ottawa has never felt this cold. Over the past few years that I have lived in this city, the weather has never been as consistently freezing as this year; with temperatures dropping to a frigid -23 degrees Celsius on average. Now, since Ottawa is located…

our little ESL secret…

Have you ever found yourself stuck on deciding a theme for your class? Has creating lesson plans become tedious for you? Are the ESL books at your school outdated and boring? If you are someone who has attended a full-time TESL program, or teach full-time ESL like us, chances are you are frustrated and tired…