Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Poland - Day 2

Czesc :) 

Today has been much more proactive! For starters the sun decided to make an appearance which I always think makes waking up in the morning a little easier. Secondly, unlike yesterday, we managed to arrive at the school we're teaching in before midday. Today we started at 9:30 with class 0, which is the equivalent of a reception class in an English school. As today was their first day at school, this was also their first ever English lesson. Chris and I were surprised to learn that, prior to this lesson, none of the children had received any formal English teaching before. Although they weren't fluent, they knew basic words and phrases and picked up new vocabulary that Chris and I introduced to them incredibly quickly. We then moved to class Four. Unfortunately, we weren't any help because the whole lesson was based on introducing the module and explaining how they would be assessed. Although they can speak English, they wouldn't be able to understand the whole lesson being explained to them in English. This lead to us feeling very alienated as we sat and listened to Polish, far beyond our capabilities, for an hour and a half. The last lesson of the day was by far the most interesting. I mentioned yesterday that we're teaching in a primary school but the school actually goes up to the age of 16 and that was the class we finished in. Once again, the module and assessment was explained but this time in English (hoorah!!) and we got the chance to have a chat with them.

Unfortunately, they don't seem to have an allocated time for lunch because of the weird meal times they seem to go by. When we finished at 2:30, we got straight on the tram and headed for some hearty food (McDonalds.) Normally I'd laugh at the idea but I needed fast food right there and then. We then went to look round a shopping centre that we spotted yesterday.... IT WAS PANTS! I say that, however, I did come across a shop not to dissimilar to Boots and picked up a nail varnish for 6 zloty which is about £1.20!!!! £1.20 FOR A NAIL VARNISH!! I was optimistic and wasn't disappointed. I would probably compare the overall finish to a Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail varnish as it only needed one coat and looks pretty glossy! Will definitely be going back to pick up a few more colours before we come home.

Mini haul over.... We went for dinner tonight at The Columbus Pub. Last night was rainy so tonight we took advantage of the last of the sun and sat outside. Compared to the ghost town of last night, tonight was buzzing with people and the atmosphere a little more inviting.

Stopped off at the supermarket on the way back and walked into chocolate lovers heaven. 
 Tomorrow we start at 8am but will be all finished by 2:30.


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