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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea

Home Economics Class


So what have I been doing in my free time at SGHS?  When I’m not teaching I lesson plan, catch up on emails, theoretically write blogs, and I learn how to embroider.  That’s right, embroider. I am currently attending Home Ec class with my students. According to the home ec teacher this is their favorite class and judging by their behavior I would have to agree… no one is sleeping and they’re barely talking. They have no time to talk because they’re too focused on picking out the right colors, or making the perfect stitches. Have I mentioned that all of the classes I’ve sat in on/participated in were either co-ed or all boys?

Going to Home Ec helps me realize just what different standards of masculinity there are between high school American boys and high school Korean boys. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve never met a high school boy that thought that embroidery was cool. I have to say though, it makes me smile everytime I see one of my “too cool for school” more difficult male students proudly show the Home Ec teacher his pink, embroidered seat cushion.

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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.