Helene Combe

Through my journey as an English teacher and a language learner

Back to work!

After ten days without classes, but with tons of Christmas food, Disney movies and Harry Potter books to read (Yes, I am 8 when I am on vacations), the cold and dark reality hit me: it was already the time to go back to work.

Aaaand my students didn’t study during Christmas break. I should have known, but still, I had this little spark of optimism inside of me.. They were happy to come back though, they had a lot of New Year’s resolutions and they were glad to share them with me like “I am going to go more often at the gym” or “I am going to stop smoking”. My favorite’s being “I am going to become flexitarian” because I had to google this one out.

Despite their “laxity”, I was glad to get back with them and to start teaching again.

But teaching isn’t only being in front of students: I (finally) registered to take the IELTS in order to apply for a MA in TESOL for fall 2018! I wanna learn more about teaching and get different experiences: staying in one place is not healthy for me (or for anybody, actually). I think that I couldn’t be a proper teacher if I wasn’t always looking for new tools, new ideas, new materials or just to share (experiences, ideas) with other teachers. If I wanted to repeat every week the same speech, I would have registered to become a parrot, blimey, not an English teacher!

I felt a little behind this fall, despite what I have done, because I had some personal matters to take care of (like, selling our place, for ex.) but I don’t know if it’s the New Year or what, but I feel back on track, which is good, because if you remember correctly, I am doing a CertIBET in London in two weeks!

Let’s do this, 2018!!

Oh, and if you don’t know by now, I wrote an article last month in EL Gazette, and here it is :ย http://digital.elgazette.com/december-january-2017/we-can-easily-forget-about-the-students-2.html

I would be happy to hear your opinion about it ๐Ÿ™‚



  1. Hello Helene,

    I like so much your writings; they are so plain and sincere! I do feel a strong sense of humour each time I feed upon your words. Please keep writing in this smart way.There is something of A Catcher in the Rye in your personal style.

    Good Luck with your MA

    • hcombe

      2018-01-06 at 10:17 PM

      Hello Farid,
      Thank you for you kind comment, I really appreciate it. You made my day, actually! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Christmas is all about the Disney films! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Flexitarian is a bit hipster. I do sometimes describe myself as one, but often (I feel I) have to explain the concept. With or without the label “flexitarian”, eating more veggie meals is something that’s becoming a trend in the UK. Not sure about elsewhere!

    Good luck with your 2018 plans! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • hcombe

      2018-01-09 at 9:47 PM

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought it was a little bit hipster too when I checked it out! :p

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