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    for a year I was teaching / for a year I taught

    Wouldn't it be better for the speaker to go with the past simple (for a year I taught) in the following extract? Would the past simple be correct? How would the meaning change with the past simple (for a year I taught)?


    I had a year at a small private school on the outskirts of Seville with much younger children. Previously it was young adults or, you know, fully grown people and then for a year I was teaching pre-teens and teens, so it was a very different experience. I did that for a year and had a lovely time.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: for a year I was teaching / for a year I taught

    Source and author?

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    Re: for a year I was teaching / for a year I taught

    Past simple would be possible, but I like the choice of past continuous as it fits with the continuity of the teaching over the duration of a year.

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    Re: for a year I was teaching / for a year I taught

    It's a part of the script for the video from an online course 'Exploring the World of English' by FutureLearn where teachers from Cambridge University are talking about their teaching experience (I could send you a link, but you'll need to register on the course to see the video).
    P.S. Just in case, here's the link: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/.../0/steps/15695
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: for a year I was teaching / for a year I taught

    Please give this information in post #1 from now on.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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