Feb 23, 2012 (KST)
I am still too lazy to change the time setting on this blog.
Second day in Korea was pretty horrible. There was class from 9 in the morning down to 9 at night. A collection of how to teach, how to co-teach, how to make lesson plans and such. There was also a survival Korean class that I was very much looking forward to, except our teacher wasn’t the best for teaching this. There was a guy that spoke fluent English, I think he learned Korean as a second language himself, his Korean had a bit of an accent. He’s not a great teacher, that’s all I can say. The other one was fluent in Korean, but had crappy English (our home room teacher). Her explanation of things involved saying a lot of “if you don’t know, nevermind, it’s ok.” Which left us wondering, what the hell should we be learning…She’s a elementary teacher herself, so she talks to us like we are elementary kids. She had a lot of hand gestures like crossed arms when saying no; pointing to the head when saying thinking. It was really hard to listen to her, I drift in and out. To make things worst, she would sometimes contradict herself! I think I am better off learning Korean from the online website I found.
I am not really enjoying the classes, which makes me wonder if I will even enjoy the teaching once I start. It seems like they were preparing more for the EPIK teachers to teach on their own rather than co-teach. I don’t know about other people, but I was expecting to only need to be support for the co-teachers. Also we were told that we will have to teach summer school and after school classes on our own…I really wonder what the quality of education is for these Korean kids, because the majority of us have no teaching experiences, and you are leaving us all alone with these kids. How are we suppose to explain things to them if they don’t have any English? I suppose I won’t know if I like it or not till I start teaching. During my EPIK interview, I asked the interviewer what are the school’s expecting from us, and she replied “not much really.” hum.
In any case, it is another full day of classes today and tomorrow. The day after tomorrow we get to go to a farm and experience Korean culture (WTF), not sure if I am looking forward to that. I think we get to learn how to make bean paste and dye clothing (?). I think I’d rather learn how to make kimchi. Speaking of which, we eat kimchi every single meal except for breakfast, them Koreans are really crazy about the kimchi.
Our room get sooo hot even though we turned down the heat, like ALLL the way down. I’ve asked other people and they’ve said the same thing. We had to leave our window open to get some air in, while we are sleeping.
I was so tired last night that I didn’t bother blogging, but I said I’d share my experiences, so I am up early to do this (not really, I just couldn’t sleep LOL).
Anyways! Hope I can find the energy to blog tonight!
OH! and I found Wifi where I have classes, so yeh! I can maybe finally post up some pictures. 🙂
Meanwhile, here’s the link to my facebook album: Korea Bound