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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea


I taught class 1.2 today (1st grade, 2nd class). Their homeroom is right next to 1.1, which is one of my notoriously troublesome Thursday classes. One of the 1.1 students (one of the more popular students, who also happens to be one of the chronic Korean chatters) from 1.1 stopped me on the way to class to speak English(!).

“Teach our class today?”
“No, sorry, I am teaching 1.2 now.”
“No! Come teach our class!”
“I taught you yesterday!”
he then grabbed my hand and whined “nooooo I want your class,” and then pouted when I walked into the other class room.

Hah. Take that, student. You may say you hate English and that 영어 잘 못해~~ 아이구!  but I guess when faced with math, or whatever subject you were about to learn, even English is better.

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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.