Problems Problems!

I had a bit of a false start here on Verbling, so I've decided to make the best of the situation and deliver some learning - at least the whole thing isn't wasted :) If you read the passage below about my (very real) issues, you'll find some phrases that may be useful.

Happy reading!

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Sometimes things just don't go to plan. I had set up my account here on Verbling and everything seemed ready to go. I adjusted my settings, made sure my calendars were synchronized and started to think about developing programs that would be useful for students of all levels. I was excited to meet new people and help them with their journey of English discovery. I was ready.

I went live.

And I waited...

...nothing happened. Or at least so I thought.

There was a glitch in my system, a spanner in the works and things were going haywire!

I went back to the Verbling website and found (to my horror) that I had missed some students. I was confused. I was sure I had done everything correctly. I tried to sort the problem myself, but I'm pretty ham-fisted when it comes to computers. I couldn't figure out how to fix the issue.

So I talked to an expert. He assured me that it wasn't a big cock up: the notification settings on my phone were wrong. He made a simple adjustment and 'hey presto!', I was back in business.

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If you read through the article above, you'll see several highlighted phrases. Some may be new to you (or not). Here are their meanings.

a glitch - A glitch is a short-lived fault in a system, making it difficult to troubleshoot. The term is particularly common in the computing and electronics industries.

a spanner in the works - to cause problems in a plan.

to go haywire - to start functioning improperly. To go crazy, or act irrationally.

ham-fisted - to be clumsy, or not very good at something (normally a manual skill).

a cock up - to make a mistake or to do something wrong.

Hey presto! - something we say when something happens so quickly or easily that it seems like magic.

back in business - to be working or operating normally again - it doesn't have to be related to a business.

October 30, 2019
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I am from Scotland and I'm an experienced, qualified TESoL teacher. I have been teaching online and offline for the last 7 years in Poland. I have helped: - ambitious business professionals boost their promotion opportunities by elevating their communication efficiency to the next level, - determined university students gain entry to the University of their choice by honing their written skills, - committed life-long learners develop a robust English language learning habit that guarantees continued success through coaching and mentoring. I achieve these results by applying a variety of tools: the normal PPP method (Present, Practice, Produce), task-based learning and coaching techniques. Everyone learns in a different way, therefore my approach is quite flexible, but focused on achieving results. Lessons with me are relaxed and good-natured. I'm quite chilled out, but I expect my learners to perform! I frequently use the flipped classroom model, therefore you can expect to do a lot of work in your own time.
Flag
English
globe
United Kingdom
time
20
Speaks:
English
Native
,
Polish
B1
I am from Scotland and I'm an experienced, qualified TESoL teacher. I have been teaching online and offline for the last 7 years in Poland. I have helped: - ambitious business professionals boost their promotion opportunities by elevating their communication efficiency to the next level, - determined university students gain entry to the University of their choice by honing their written skills, - committed life-long learners develop a robust English language learning habit that guarantees continued success through coaching and mentoring. I achieve these results by applying a variety of tools: the normal PPP method (Present, Practice, Produce), task-based learning and coaching techniques. Everyone learns in a different way, therefore my approach is quite flexible, but focused on achieving results. Lessons with me are relaxed and good-natured. I'm quite chilled out, but I expect my learners to perform! I frequently use the flipped classroom model, therefore you can expect to do a lot of work in your own time.