Saturday, February 2, 2013

Podcast: An Interview with Elizabeth Anne

For the first podcast, I spoke with Elizabeth Anne, an English teacher in Grenoble, France. I asked Elizabeth to tell me about a typical day in her life. Listen to the interview. If you need it, the transcript of the interview is below.


NL: OK, This is Nina Liakos in Gaithersburg Maryland, and I am speaking with Elizabeth Anne in Grenoble, France. Elizabeth is going to tell us about a typical day in her life. So, Elizabeth, what do you do on a typical day? Start with what time you usually get up.
EA: Well, if I talk about a work day, then I have to get up at half-past six, because it takes me a while to wake up. And I leave the house at around half-past seven because we start classes at 8 o’clock. I’m a teacher too, as you know. So it’s not every day because I teach at the university. Sometimes my classes start at 8:00 and sometimes they start at ten, or even some days I don’t have class at all.
Then I have to go to the university by car because there’s no direct bus service, so I drive to work and then I have to set up things for class. I need to get out the video projector and things like that, before the students come. So then we have four hours in the morning. And I usually have lunch in the staff room. Everyone…
NL: What time do you have lunch?
EA: Around 12:00. People either bring their lunch with them to work, or we have a cafeteria downstairs, which sells snacks.
NL: When you eat lunch, do you speak English or French?
EA: Well, at the entrance to our floor we have a sign in French saying “Vous quittez le zone francophone.”
NL: “You are leaving the French-speaking zone.” Our classroom is an English-only zone, and it’s challenging because all of my students speak Arabic…
EA: Aha.
NL: … so it’s very difficult for them not to speak Arabic.
EA: And, um, so my day will usually finish around five, although sometimes I don’t leave work until 7:00 in the evening.
NL: Wow.
EA: There are even some classes from five to seven.
NL: Do you teach those classes sometimes?
EA: One or two days a week, yes.
NL: OK. What time do you usually go to bed?
EA: Rarely before midnight.
NL: Okay, Elizabeth, thanks for talking to us today. This is Nina Liakos in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and I have been talking with Elizabeth Anne in Grenoble, France.

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