Monthly Recap: December

Happy New Year’s Eve, everybody!

It’s that time again–here’s my December recap (seriously, time moves entirely too fast here). I hope you enjoy!


In the Classroom
For EJ’s classes, I’ve given presentations about Christmas (this presentation included filling in the lyrics to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and arranging a recipe for eggnog), continued helping students individually with their presentations about walls, helped students with pronunciation of various articles, listened to presentations about food in the U.S./U.K., and continued helping with a class that is doing an online exchange with a school in the Czech Republic.

For L’s classes, December was all about Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the United States. We’ve played Christmas themed Taboo and Pictionary (the activity changed depending on their age level), watched videos about Christmas traditions in the U.S., and gave students the time to ask questions.

For DL’s classes, I’ve listened to presentations about “fake news ” (the students presented two lies and one truth and everybody had to guess which story was the lie), continued with my presentation “Learn About Where Your Teaching Assistant is From”, facilitated conversation about the “Idea of Progress”, talked about the “Best Invention of 2017”, and took some small groups to talk about Christmas/New Years in the U.S.

Destinations
While I was able to do some traveling this month, it was to places I’ve already traveled to before. I returned to Nevers for the Christmas market and for the beginning of the Vacances de Noel, I am traveling to both Lyon and Beaune for four days. You can check back in the beginning of January for those recap posts!

What I’m Reading
I made it through both Harry Potter et la chambre des secrets and Harry Potter et le prisonnier d’Azkaban and have henceforth moved on to Harry Potter et la Coupe de Feu. I have a feeling that these last four books are going to take me a while to get through due to sheer length, but I am looking forward to reading them!

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What I’m Listening To
Podcast: My podcast playlist hasn’t changed, so I figured I would share my favorite podcast from the past month. This one is from Francais Authentique: Peut-on vraiment apprendre le français comme un enfant? (Can you truly learn French like a child?). Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the podcast on the website to link it from the blog, but the episode is still available on iTunes (published 4 décembre). If you are at all interested in the theories and science of language learning, I encourage you to take a listen!

Music: This month, I’ve been all about learning the lyrics to a few different French songs! My two favorites have been Danser by Lisandro Cuxi and the French version of Despacito by Sara’h. Danser is relatively simple but I’m toast after the first verse of Despacito…it’s just so fast that I can’t keep up!

What I’m Watching
It’s been a fruitful month of Netflix-ing for me! I finished Marvel’s Jessica Jones (SO GOOD!), I watched the entirety of 13 Reasons Why, and the second half of season three of Fuller House.

Next up: Stranger Things (I mean it this time!)

Frenchy Firsts

  • I tried foie gras for the first time! Verdict: I like it! I don’t mind it plain with bread, but I prefer it with fig jam on top. As long as I don’t think about how it is made, I thoroughly enjoy it.
  • I went to my first European Christmas Market (and had my first vin chaud, might I add). You can read all about that experience here.
  • I received my first (and hopefully last!) set of stitches! My finger is doing much better and after 11 days and three appointments at the hospital, they finally removed the stitches. Now, I’ve got a pretty scar on my pinky and as my mom said, it’s a souvenir I’ll always have with me from my time in France.
  • I saw my first Star Wars film! Normally, I wouldn’t write about something like seeing a movie for the first time, but I figured this was blog worthy. Even though I watched it in French sans sous-titres (aka, I probably only understood half of what was said) and I had almost no context for any of the characters, I thought it was super good!
  • I experienced my first réveillion de Noel, complete with lots of champagne, amazing food, and a special visit from Père Noel himself. A colleague graciously hosted me on Christmas Eve/Day, and it was incredibly nice to spend the holidays with her and her family.
  • This vacances de Noel is my first time traveling alone (if you don’t count the fact that I was alone coming to France in the first place). I like traveling with other people but I am excited to do a trip at my own pace/on my own schedule.

There we have it–my December recap! I hope you enjoyed and check back soon for more.

Until then,

Michaela

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