The 2019 edition of International Literacy Day focuses on multilingualism. We often hear about how learning a new language can open our minds to a whole new culture, a different way of thinking. This is undeniable, but what is equally true is that there is an ongoing issue of prestige. As the world’s top languages […]

Hola a todos! I bet you thought I’d given up on writing now that my time in Lyon is over, didn’t you? Well, lucky you – I’m back with an encore!  I struggled with a title for this post after resorting to ‘Lauren in Lyon’ for the previous few posts. A Valentine in Valencia? Cringe. […]

Bonjour encore! Despite the price of houmous and the ever worsening grèves, I have returned to France for an extra three weeks. Why? It appears I like to challenge myself, and there’s always French to be spoken! From September to early May, I lived in the calm, residential area of Montchat. This caused me to […]

Hellooooooo. I have accidentally left myself with A LOT to write about and very little time to do so. I can’t believe that the much anticipated year abroad is now over, but I have managed to hold myself together long enough to write about the final few weeks. The Tour de France Having decided not […]

It’s the final few weeks and, although I am determined to give it my all, I must admit that I’m still playing my favourite game of ‘dodge-the-teacher-who-wants-me-at-8am’. If British children and students think their 9ams are difficult, this is a whole different ball game. This post suddenly became considerably rambly, so I added in some […]

Hello to anybody who has made it this far with me! I’ll be honest, in October even I didn’t think I’d still be here in March, so to still be writing about my adventures here feels a little surreal. I’m now on the final stretch in France and have 5 teaching weeks left *holds back […]

Bonjouuur all. I am glad to say that I have made it through January, which has been nowhere near as difficult as I thought it would be. I was anticipating grey skies, early mornings, January blues and a complete lack of enthusiasm, but I have in fact been blessed with some sunny days, interesting outings […]

I wanted to post another blog before I return to England (and Amsterdam) for les vacances d’hiver, but my recent 9 – 6.15 timetable has made it difficult to turn notes into paragraphs and actually form a piece of writing. What better time then could Rosie have chosen to nominate me for the Sunshine Blogger […]

Bonjour et bonne année! I have now returned to France after spending a lovely two weeks at home for Christmas and New Year, which seemed to pass very quickly (as have the almost 2 weeks that I’ve been writing this post for…) My time at home was filled with nice things such as seeing family, […]