So, I'm going to France...
I am going to be an 'assistante' in France! From October, I'll be employed in between one and three primary schools somewhere in the Bordeaux 'academie' for nine months teaching English to French children.
I suppose I've started this blog for three reasons:
1) As a personal record of my experiences (perhaps to form the basis of a handwritten journal or album at some point)
2) As a way to keep family and friends who I'm not in regular contact with (and indeed those I am!) up to date with what I'm up to
3) As a possible source of information for future language assistants. I have already found forums etc such as assistantsinfrance.com absolutely invaluable in planning my own year as a language assistant
Ok, I gave into the blogging phenomenon. This platform is, however, very cool and so it's allowed; it does funky things like putting all your trips onto a multimedia map and you can be sure I shall be including plenty of pics over the next 12 months or so!
I suppose for any 'randomers' who do end up reading this I should introduce myself slightly. My name is Lucy. I am originally from Exeter (Devon, UK) but am currently at the University of Oxford (UK) where I am studying for a BA in French and Linguistics.
This year teaching in France is part of my compulsory year abroad, but I hope one day to become a primary MFL teacher proper so the experience is fantastic!
Current concerns for the year: finding housing (really hoping the school I'm allocated to will help!), French paperwork (which seems to be as bad in reality as the myths lead us to believe), general homesickness/missing of family/friends/rather longterm boyfriend, Joe who will be staying here in the UK for the third year of his maths degree.
Looking forward to: teaching! Improving my French (& having some time to catch up on the reading I haven't done for Uni this year), exploring a new culture, meeting tons of new people, being in France and, of course, the wine!
The update so far is that I applied back before Christmas and have just heard that I've been placed in Bordeaux academie (my first choice of destination) and that I'll be working in 'des ecoles primaires' (primary schools-also my first choice). The academie, however, is a really huge area so I now have to await my certificate of appointment (arrete d'affectation) to come sometime between June and August (!) so that I can get in touch with the schools(s) I will be working at and really sort myself out.
P.S. For those of you in the know, sorry for the lack of accents in my French I shall try and sort this out!