This week in brief…

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In the coffee room with the teachers yesterday at lunctime. I had 60cm cut off my hair last Thursday because it was looking awful!

Swedes work in terms of week numbers. Less so now than when I came to Sweden, because many mobile apps (which most people use) do not have the week numbers included. But still, week numbers are used extensively in Sweden.

The advantage of week numbers? If you are away for a week or a number of weeks you can just say ‘I am away for week 42 and 44’ or ‘my holiday is from week 26 to week 30’ – you don’t have to specify multiple dates.

The school I work for has intensive immersion courses for Members of Parliament in week 33, 34 and 35. Week 33 and 34 take place in the UK (Canterbury and London), and week 35 in Stockholm.

During the Week 35 (Stockholm) there are usually 5 or 6 teachers, and one of them is usually from the UK. I do scheduling, material creation, coordination, organise coffee/tea/sandwiches/cakes and put out all the fires that happen during the week. At one point I used to do all the interviewing and grouping as well for all the groups during all three weeks, but thankfully that is no longer part of my job. I loved doing it but it was extremely time consuming because it entailed individually interviewing about 70 people, as well as carrying a full teaching load.

This week’s course heralded the introduction of the new version of my book. I usually create a general glossary booklet for all courses and then a specific one particularly focused on the specialist area of the course I am teaching.

I have five books in this series – Talking about Sweden, Talking about Writing, Talking about Grammar, Talking about Parliament and Talking about Everything.



Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

5 thoughts

  1. Janet, you lightened your hair and I really like it!! Good luck on all this work you’ve ahead of you!! ~ Libby

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