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Just got back from our exchange and the kids seem to have a good time, with no problems to report. That will be the last exchange I do as I am joining my wife in retirement at the end of this academic year. I'm hoping that we can keep our long-standing exchange going with the Institution Saint Louis. It is odd knowing that you are doing something for the last time. That'll happen a lot this year.

One thing I have decided to do, to keep my hand in, is to develop the frenchteacher.net web site into a minor commercial concern. I hesitate to call it business, because my aim is not to make a lot of money out of it, but to develop the site further whilst maintaining the motivation to add new resources. The site has been a enjoyable hobby of mine and the resources I have posted over the last few years, with some help from colleagues, have all been used with our classes at Ripon Grammar School. I know they are widely used in other schools, both in the UK and abroad. Once I stop teaching I would like to keep making resources, but will only find it worthwhile to do so for a small fee.

With that in mind an able sixth-former,as part of an A-Level ICT project, is in the process of rebuilding the site to make it a subscription resource. I am planning for the new-look site to be ready by May 2012, complete with a significant number of new resources. I am also anxious to make sure that I do not infringe any copyrights so some of my existing resources will either disappear or be changed. As my living will not depend on the site, I shall charge a small sum for an annual subscription, whilst assuring users that there will be regular new resources. I actually enjoy designing worksheets and in retirement I shall have more time to keep up my hobby.

I hope that some of the site's regular users will find it worthwhile to pay a small amount for my work. I have no idea at all how many subscribers I will get, but I will certainly give value for money!

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  1. Not 'retirement' but 'no longer working full time'!

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