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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea



School hasn’t even started yet, and already my boys are acting strange. I was in the main office printing supplies when I look out into the hallway that contains my advanced and intermediate first grade homerooms. I see five boys, just chilling like they normally do. Suddenly one drops to the floor and starts doing this strange sort of squat-walk. The next boy drops behind him and imitates him. The third boy also squats down but instead of just walking, starts hopping up and down like a frog. The fourth boy also proceeds to squat walk. The fifth boy just stands and waves at me the whole time. This is why students shouldn’t stay at school for 10 – 12 hours a day.

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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.