So I have been here for a month and a half. It has really been a whirlwind, it doesn’t even feel like it’s been a month!
I think I am finding my niche in teaching English in Korea, so it is a lot better than the initial bumpy start. The students are much more crazy than I imagined them being, but they are in elementary school so what can I expect. I teach 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in their regular classes, and I have an after school class made up of 1st and 2nd graders, which I have to say, are the cutest by far! Just barely losing teeth and such.
Teaching actually requires a lot of planning, patience and energy, but it is super rewarding knowing that you are actually making a difference. When I first got here, I was really impressed at the level of their English. I imagined them to know very basic vocabulary and very basic sentence structures, but I was definitely wrong. Some of my students have studied in the U.S. or another English speaking country and their English is, of course, amazing. But even their classmates impress me. A lot of the time they go to private English schools to fine tune their English. Learning English in Korea is definitely a top priority.