Goodbye and hello
A big thank you to Tricia for all the hard work you've put into the blog over the last couple of months. I'm sure that our audience at home is as grateful for your useful and interesting posts as Alex and Aey, the two student bloggers you've helped.
And now it's time to say hello to Stephen, December's teacher blogger. I won't say any more because Stephen is already here to introduce himself.
BBC Learning English
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As you can see, from the top of the page, my name is Stephen and I’m going to be your teacher blogger for the month. December is, of course, a particularly important and busy month here, and I guess we’ll talk a lot about Christmas and New Year and maybe other celebrations, too, during the month. Perhaps we’ll even exchange ideas and opinions about how Christmas is celebrated.
Right now, however, while I wait for your first blog, I’d like to introduce myself to you, briefly. Then I’ll look forward to hearing all about you and your family and friends.
What could possibly be interesting about me? I’m English. I was born in the north-east of England but I haven’t lived up there since I was eighteen (a VERY long time ago!). I’m a writer and teacher and I have worked in education almost all my professional life. Does that sound a bit dull? I lived in Sweden for a number of years in the 1970s, and in China for a couple of years in the 1980s. That wasn’t dull. It was hard, but it wasn’t dull, and I made some very good Chinese friends there.
I have worked in most of the countries of eastern Europe and have travelled quite widely. This summer, for example, I spent a few weeks in New York, apartment-sitting, in other words looking after someone’s apartment – like baby-sitting, only with an apartment instead of a baby (much easier, quieter, safer and less messy!).
I live in west London, not far from Hampton Court Palace. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? Perhaps not. Anyway, I live here in a small semi-detached house with my daughter, Lucy, who is eighteen and studying very hard for her ‘A’-level examinations. ‘A’-levels are the exams we take here before we can go to university. Lucy is studying History of Art, History and English Literature and she wants to study History of Art at Cambridge (where it’s practically impossible to get a place so she’ll probably have to settle for another university).
I spend most of my time writing and reading, listening to music and running. I’m training for a trip to Tanzania in February to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. I like the movies and the theatre and being with friends. I enjoy photography but don’t do as much of it as I used to. I also love the museums and galleries of London, and try to visit most of the important new exhibitions.
There are probably other things I could have told you about myself but you are free to ask for more details if you really want them. Right now I’m keen to hear from you so that I can respond more usefully. Meanwhile, I have typed some words and expressions in bold text because they may be new to you and it could be very useful to learn and use them.
education teaching; pedagogy
dull boring; not very interesting
‘A’-levels pre-university exams
to settle for to accept something which is not exactly what you
keen to looking forward to doing something
Alright, that’s probably enough for now. This morning I will start my day in the usual way, for me. I will go to my local coffee shop and have a regular-size cappuccino and a croissant. I will read the paper and try to complete the crossword puzzle. Then I’ll go home and go online to see whether the BBC have sent me any work to do. If they have, I’ll do it. If they haven’t, I’ll go for a run. I might even think about writing a few Christmas cards. In the afternoon I’ll start to think about what to cook for dinner (my daughter is ALWAYS hungry) and I may have to go shopping. In the evening I’m going to visit an old friend and former colleague for the first of what I hope will be many pre-Christmas social gatherings over the next few weeks.
Take care, Federico, and remember to post your blog as soon as possible. I’m really looking forward to hearing from you.
With best wishes,
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