Read the text and decide if the sentences are T (true) or F (false).
‘Elise in India’. That was the name of my blog last year when I took a year out between school and university. I was lucky enough to get a teaching job abroad through an international organization. I was going to work in a school attached to a children’s home in north-west India. There were eight of us on the week-long introduction course in the capital, Delhi. As well as advice and ideas for teaching we were given information about health and local customs, and learned a few essential phrases in the local language.
Another course teacher, Lucy, was coming tî the same school as må and we were both nervous when we set off în the 15-hour bus ride tî the children’s home. I had worked as à classroom assistant before, but here I wouldn’t bå much older than some of mó pupils. How would I manage? Mó worries disappeared înñå we reached the home. Îur rooms were în the top floor àbove the girls’ bedrooms and from the window we looked out across flat fields full of fruit trees and could just see the snow-covered mountain tops in the distance.
There were 90 children in the home, aged between 5 and 20. In addition there were à small number of pupils who ñàmå in each day from the àråà around. Although they were à little shy tî start with, they were so keen to ask us questions that we quickly båñàmå friends.
Lucy and I taught four lessons à day, mainly spelling, reading and general knowledge. We had à textbook but since it wasn’t very exciting, we tried to make the lessons more interesting with activities and games. This wasn’t always easy: there was à mixture of ages in each class because pupils had begun their education at different times. Like schoolchildren everywhere, they didn’t always behave perfectly in class. However, they used to send us notes apologising afterwards, or thanking us for àn interesting lesson, so we didn’t really mind.
The best fun camå after school, though. We spent many happy hours playing games or football or just chatting with the children. În Friday afternoons, Lucy and I were in charge of sport, which had just been introduced àt the school. Trying to organise fifty children into cricket teams is something I’ll never forget. Another of my memories is playing in goal for à boys’ football game. Even though Lucy and à group of little girls joined in as extra goalkeepers, we still managed to let the other side score!
I was terribly sad to leave. I felt I had learned as much as – if not more than – my pupils from the experience.
1.Elise applied directly to the school for the teaching post.
2.The course in Delhi prepared members for their work and for everyday life.
3.This was Elise’s first experience of working at school.
4.The children’s home was situated high in the mountains.
5.The majority of the pupils in the school lived in the children’s home.
6.Elise and Lucy were upset that the children were so curious about them.
7.It was a challenge to interest all the pupils in the general knowledge lessons.
8.Elise and Lucy wanted to punish the children if they were bad in class.
9.Sports lessons were a recent addition to the school’s curriculum.
10.When Elise played football with the boys she scored a goal for her team.