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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea

Closing Statement – 2.10

November23

“And today, I think about all the student’s seen throughout our the year in school – the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that South Korean creed: Yes we can. Please vote us.”

I told students that they had to make a short “closing statement” at the end of their debate. I left it very vague, and just told them that it should be something that would make students want to vote for them. After telling them that, I gave them five minutes to decide their speaking order, finish their posters, and write their closing statements. The above is what a group came up with independently, without asking for any help from me.

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안녕하세요! My name is Emily and when I started this blog I had received a 2010 – 2011 F*lbright grant to teach English in South Korea.  I then decided to apply to renew my grant, so I am now staying in Korea until July 2012. This blog is not an official F*lbright Program blog, and the views expressed are my own and not those of the F*lbright Program, the U.S. Department of State or any of its partner organizations.

I graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in Philosophy Pre-Law and Classical Civilizations, and found myself 3 months later teaching English at SGHS. The town that I taught in, SG, is a small town of 12,000 people, an “읍” (eup) rather than a “시” (shi – city), and though it was sometimes hard teaching in such a small town I really enjoyed the unique experience of being the first foreign teacher SGHS had ever had. I lived in the largest part of the county which is significantly bigger (40,000 people) than the town the school is situated in, but is also considered rural by Korean standards.

During my second grant period (2011-2012) I decided to change schools and I currently teach at CPHS which is located in an even smaller town than previously, in Jeollanamdo.

This blog is meant to serve as a reflection not only of being a Native English Speaking teacher in Korea, but also of living as a foreigner in rural Korea.



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