English in Korea

I was put on the 12th floor in the guest dorm room and this was the wonderful vie I had until they told me I had to move down to the 9th floor. I still get the same view... just not as high up as this was.
I was put on the 12th floor in the guest dorm room and this was the wonderful view I had until they told me I had to move down to the 9th floor. I still get the same view… just not as high up as this was.

I’m living my dream right now. When my mind is not busy being occupied with lesson plans or dinner plans, I catch some moments in the day where I think to myself “Am I really teaching students in Korea right now?”

At first, I really wasn’t expecting to teach at all, considering that the program said “mentoring”. When I was told I had a class of 7 for almost four hours straight, I sat there thinking “Oh, no. What am I going to do.” My first class was just a mess of speaking English too fast, not being able to communicate, having no material, and awkward silences. After that class, I knew I had to pull myself together and get organized.

Prior to this trip, I had already been fond of Korea with their pop culture and TV dramas, so I was able to touch base with a lot of them through common interests. It helped to find out that a lot of students share the same age as me. (Fun Fact: Did you know that Korean age is different than American age? They consider 1 year old the day you’re born.)  In the end, I was able to figure out a comfort level of teaching with my class where both parties can learn from each other.

Not all my students were there because some had already left when we decided to take a picture. :(
Not all my students were there because some had already left when we decided to take a picture. 😦

Next week, I’ll be getting a new batch of students (Kinda, not really. Just switching classes with the teacher next door.) which will definitely be another challenge after having just gotten used to and attached to this one.

Looking forward to the next couple of weeks,
Nicole L.

Little extra. People found out about my birthday, but I'm glad they did. Everyone made it an unforgettable birthday.
Little extra. People found out about my birthday, but I’m glad they did. Everyone made it an unforgettable birthday.

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