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No my name does not mean “Light Lover”


It’s so strange how different classes think alike sometimes. I swear, sometimes students will tell a joke, and I’ll laugh, thinking it’s pretty original, but then almost every single class I teach will say that same joke, and it just makes me wonder, how on earth does that happen? Do they talk about class outside of class? I doubt it… is it a hive mind? Probably not. Is it super funny or make a whole lot of sense? Not particularly.

I taught Latin roots last week. I would say a root and students would shout out what they thought the root meant, followed by words with that root (i.e. “Aud” – “to hear! -audience, -audible, -audition, etc). By the time we got to “Tele” (far! -telephone, -television, -telepathy) there was always one smart alec who shouted out “teletubbies!” I guess maybe… if you consider the “tele” maybe standing for fat beings who live in your television? Hm.

Also, students tended to have trouble with “Am” and “Photo.” To help them figure out the roots, I had them suggest words first, then see what they had in common. “Am” means love, and many names like Amy, and Amanda come from that root. When I asked my students what English names they could think of had “Am” in them, almost all classes responded “Amily.” Fail. When I asked what words (not even names, just words) had “Photo” guess what they responded? That’s right, Photosky. I think Amily Photosky teacher is almost as good as Animal teacher…

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“No my name does not mean “Light Lover””

  1. Avatar March 16th, 2012 at 3:51 pm Em in Asia! » Blog Archive » The Return of Photosky Says:

    […] thought that they had forgotten my Latin roots lesson, and it just about made my 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.