Due to the last few weeks in having iffy internet, and being really busy, I will apologize for not updating my blog. However, I'm just going to start from what's happening now, instead of writing about what happened in the past.
So I have been teaching this week, and it is certainly an interesting experience. The kids are in gr 1, 2, and 3 (Korean middle school years), but I have varying English levels in my class. I have kids who can speak in full sentences to kids who can't even write a strand of thought properly. It is definitely a challenge, and I have been scaring the misbehaving ones with my booming dragon boat coxing voice.
Today I had tried to play Pictionary with the kids in the after-school extra curricular program. I give 5 words, and they have to draw something for their team to guess the each word within a frame of time. Unfortunately, they struggled on simple words like Eyeball, Stove, and Bone.
Kind of a bummer.
I'm teaching in the Nambu district, which is one of the poorer areas in Seoul. Typically other kids have enough financial support to go to Hagwons (private schools) after school to learn additional english, and perform better in the classroom. The Korean government has been unloading tons of money to support these low-income pockets in the city.
To add insult to injury, I have been tempted to teach Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and see what would happen.
Pics to come.