The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee provided me with another excuse to force encourage my Korean middle school students to learn more about the UK because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to talk this wonderful nation more? It’s that good. As usual whenever I … Continue reading
‘Open class’ is only spoken in hushed tones in my school. It started as a rumour, whispered from office to office, teachers faces one by one showing signs of panic. Then the rumours became reality. Dates were released and diaries consulted. … Continue reading
This student is smart. She speaks English to a very high level for her age group, largely as a result of watching endless, episodes of American TV dramas for which she professes her love for daily. She is in several … Continue reading
This was hands down both the most random and the most enjoyable day of the year to date. Many of my personal highlights of school life in Korea have taken place outside the classroom. The school singing contest was fantastic. I first found out about the contest when I … Continue reading
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Every corridor in the school was buzzing with excitement. For weeks I’d been noticing that PE lessons had lost all variety, concentrating exclusively on the same team events whilst wearing matching outfits. Group skipping and tugs of war were all the rage in this … Continue reading
I have ranted and raved about Korean generosity while hiking before and I could easily do it again because it is true. Yet this tale is a little different. A solo trip to Juwangsan National Park in Eastern Gyeongbuk landed … Continue reading
I was ready. I had dressed sensibly and left the apartment in plenty of time to walk to school. It was school trip day. The students were overwhelming apathetic about going and the teachers, well the teachers actually seemed excited. … Continue reading
Walking along the school corridors I am used receiving a barrage of hello’s and hi’s from students, however I was more than a little suprised to see a group of students carrying an A3 sized picture of my face. They … Continue reading
Korea. One year. English teachers. Limited Korean ability. 20 hour flight. Incheon. Jeonju University. EPIK Orientation. Kimchi. Bus journey. Car journey. Yeongju. New home. New Job. Life starts here.