Ever thought about being an Au Pair in London? Read what two former Tti students have to say about their experience!

Have you ever thought of being an Au Pair while studying in London? As you will find out from the stories below, it is truly a unique experience.  Enjoy our Tti Au Pair tales below!

A former Tti student from Hungary, Reka, writes about her inspiring journey and experience in London as an Au Pair. She says it was “life-changing” Find out why below:

Watching the sunset in London from a tiny café, finally understanding (at least the most of it) what they’re talking about on BBC, tasting the real fish and chips,knowing what sophisticated and quirky means , becoming a fun of car boot sales, getting around both London and the rural English countryside, and having the confidence to start to talk to anybody in English – that’s just a tiny bit of everything I’ve got from being abroad as an au-pair.

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Going to England and becoming an au-pair was really much more than a  “nice experience” – looking back, it was totally life changing for me! It opened the whole world for me, in every single meaning. I found it fantastic that I became part of a family (a very nice one!), and even if I couldn’t really speak at the beginning, I immediately felt safe and welcomed by them. I got really close to a sweet little girl who was not just my soul mate but also my best English teacher – I had so much fun with her and I’m incredibly lucky to watch her growing and meet at least once a year!

With the help of my family, I got to know the British culture, from the expression „Make yourself at home” to the Henley Regatta festival or making the perfect Christmas pudding ever. Travelled around the heart of the country, discovered London, and mainly, I could hear and listen to really nice native speakers all the time. I made friends from all over the world, have so many lovely memories – even if is seemed scary first, stepping out of my comfort zone was really the best thing what could happen to me.

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My English knowledge, my experiences from being an au-pair and all the inspiration from England also helped a lot to build my professional career in advertising .

Paola , our Tti Coffee Bar Monitor from Italy, has been an Au Pair since September 2012. Below she tells us a bit about her journey from Italy to London and why she recommends the experience:

I’m Paola and I’m from Italy.
I’ve been working as an au pair since September 2012 and I’ d like to tell you about my beautiful experience. Firstly I’d recommend this kind of job if you want to move abroad and learn a new language. Being an au pair means that you need to take care of the family’s children (working around 2530 hours per week) and do some house work including washing up, ironing, cooking and tidying up the house.
At the beginning  I was a bit scared of moving to a different country but especially living with a new family. Anyway now I can say that my host family is my second family: the girls for me are like my sisters and I can’t stay more than two weeks without them!!
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Obviously there are pros and cons. You don’t have for example your independence because you live in the same house as your family. On the other hand you have some money every week and you don’ t need to pay the rent bills or food. You know that London is really expensive so this job is perfect for the first experience.
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A very important advantage of living in a family is the safety that it offers. You can ask for advice and quickly learn about how to get around London safely.
Now after these two years I feel so confident in everything and more independent than before!!
To conclude I would advise you to look for a family carefully because sometimes ” all that glitters is not gold” !!
Enjoy and good luck :):)
Thanks Reka and Paola for contributing to our blog this week! 

Happy Easter from Tti! Here is how we celebrate Easter here at Tti and in the UK!

Quick EASTER Update!

We all had a fantastic Easter holiday! We thought we’d share some photos from the weekend!!

Check out where Sonia , our Registrar , went to in Galicia! Not bad! 

Playa De Motalvo (Galicia)

Playa De Motalvo (Galicia)

Sian enjoyed a lovely sunny weekend in Wales! Here is where she had lunch one day: 

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Here’s our Principal, Gemma, at Aprons and Hammers restaurant in the Dubai Marina!

Gemma in Dubai!

Gemma enjoying dinner in Dubai 

Hotel Reception in Dubai

Hotel Entrance in Dubai

Mel had a House of Cardathon at home! :) 

Our original Easter post can be found below scroll down to read some interesting facts on Easter traditions in England!..

Easter is in the air here at Tti.  We’ve got Easter eggs and pastel decorations dotting every corner of the school!

Happy Easter - Study Lounge

Happy Easter – Tti Study Lounge

Our Tti Easter egg tree!

Our Tti Easter Egg tree!

Easter weekend means a 4-day weekend for the Tti team!  Check-out what our staff have planned:
“I’m off to Dubai this weekend, how exciting!  My suitcase is here in the office with me now!  It’s just a short trip.  We will be there for 3 nights only!  I’m travelling with my fiance and we plan to enjoy the sunshine, eat some yummy food and relax!”.  Gemma Wright, Principal
Camilla, the Director of Studies, has taken a week holiday to go to Portugal with her family.  Sian, our Senior Registrar, is travelling this evening to Wales to stay with her parents for the long weekend.  Her siblings are also joining them.  Bridie, one of the Director’s of the school, is travelling in her camper van for a camping holiday in Ross-on-Wye.
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Lovely Ross-on-Wye, England

Ines , Maria and Mel are having a “staycation” in London! A staycation is when you take a vacation in your city! They are planning to have a lie-in ! :Both are certain that they will eat lots of chocolate :)
Maria our intern says…
“In Easter holidays I would like to go out and enjoy of the nature with my friends, visit some nice place outside London and eat a lot chocolate eggs!!” 
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Maria posing with her Easter bunny! :)

Where will you be?  What are you doing this break?

Here are some interesting facts about Easter in the UK:

  • Did you know that Britons love chocolate? In world league tables of per capita consumption the UK comes 3rd. 
  • Why is the egg the symbol of Easter ? Well, it is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. 
  • Cadbury EggsThe most famous egg of all? In 1971, the first Cadbury egg went on sale 1971The Bourneville factory can make 1.5 million Creme Eggs every day, 200 million are sold in the UK every year.
  • Briton like getting a head-start on their Easter chocolate!  – Easter eggs for 2014 were on sale in Waitrose, Marks and Spencer and Asda on 30thDecember 2013.

What are your Easter traditions ? What kind of food is traditionally served at Easter time in your country? Leave us a message in our comments!

Easter presents for the Staff from our Directors!

Easter presents for the Staff from our Directors!

Wishing you all a wonderful long weekend! See you next Tuesday! :)

 

Tti Podcast Episode 1 plus Our Special IATEFL report from Teacher Marianne

On our first episode of the Tti Podcast , Mel interviews Luke Vyner,Tti Teacher & Educational Director at London Language Experience  which creates imaginative and contemporary listening materials. Luke talks about what he enjoys about teaching at Tti, his IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) workshop which took place on April 5th in Harrogate and what his audio tours are all about!

To listen just click below!

Tti Podcast Episode 1 – Interview with Luke Vyner – Educational Director -London Language Experience by Ttischool on Mixcloud

 

MARIANNE’S IATEFL REPORT 2014

This month our Teacher and Social Programme Organiser, Marianne, attended the IATEFL conference in Harrogate, an association for  teachers, lecturers, teacher trainers, academic managers, researchers and institutions involved in the English Language Teaching (ELT) .

Here is what she had to say:

At this year’s IATEFL conference , I had the opportunity to meet some amazing EFL teachers and speakers from around the world. I was completely surprised by the sheer magnitude of the event! It was huge! I was so impressed.  There were people at the conference who are currently completing their PHDs and Masters in Linguistics and ELT (English Language Teaching). Everyone had something inspiring to share about how to make our classrooms more dynamic and lessons more interesting!

There were English teachers from as far away as the US, Brazil and Siberia! In the evening , there were networking events and parties sponsored by the British Council, Cambridge, and Macmillian publishers.  It was really fun to talk with teachers and share our teaching tips!

Have you ever seen so many teachers in one place?

Have you ever seen so many teachers in one place?

There were also the ELT “Super Stars” or the plenary speakers at the conference such as Michael McCarthy, Adrian Underhill, Jeremy Harmer , Jim Scrivener , Michael Hoey, Kathleen Graves , Penny Ur and many more who talked about a variety of innovative ideas for the classroom. There were over 500 sessions to choose from including workshops, symposiums, early morning “How to..” talks and more! It was great.

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Some of the highlights for me were…

  • Business Seminars  or BESIG – This was a discussion on the hot new buzzword “ELF” or English as a Lingua Franca. Today businesses want their employees to  communicate clearly and effectively in English with a focus on being able to handle negotiations,presentations, close deals and more. According to the ELF trend, it’s not all about being 100% accurate with your grammar skills! What do you think?
  • Using your “Soft Skills” in the classroom  – This talk was very interesting especially for teaching Business because it emphasized the idea that teachers should try to deepen their knowledge of business topics in order to teach BE courses better. For example, if you have a lesson on “mergers and acquisitions” – read up a bit on it! This will help you become a better Business teacher even if you don’t necessarily have a Business background.
  • Survival Kits for the Digital Jungle - Lots of seminars on this ! Here I learnt about all the different platforms teachers can use both inside the classroom and outside.  Dr. Thomas Strasser talked about all the new technologies we can bring into the classroom . I can’t wait to share them with the staff here at Tti.
  • More Internet in the classroom! – Another talk showed us how to make the most of the internet, tablets and iPhones in the class. So, instead of shying away from them , the speaker suggested using them to create more dynamic lessons. There are also plenty of online platforms and forums we can use to generate discussions on  a specific debate topic even after class for homework. Really exciting stuff!

By attending IATEFL you feel updated on the industry and what the new trends are in the ELT world. You meet lots of like-minded professionals and you can make new friends! I would highly recommend the experience to any EFL professional.

Click on the video below to check out an interview our teacher Luke Vyner did at IATEFL this year!

 

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For information on IATEFL please visit www.iatefl.org

For more information on London Language Experience please visit – www.londonlanguageexperience.com

Missed out on the conference this year ? Catch up on the talks and join the conversation here:

Harrogate Online 2014

Big thanks to Marianne & Luke for their contribution to our blog post this week!