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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea

Well shoot…


It’s offical, I had my first major screw up. I definitely just skipped a class and didn’t realize it until 10 minutes ago. Instead of going to class I went to lunch and then worked on my powerpoint, and odds are I probably wouldn’t have realized it until my co-teacher suggested we run our errand during the lunch period, which is when I normally eat. I just looked up at the clock and realized well dang, I guess I ate during 4th period. Oh wait, I have class during 4th period. No but I just taught a class – oh, a boys class. During 3rd period. I was definitely supposed to have class 4th period.

At least I had a solid month of not messing up. And this is why, girls and boys, it’s important to know your schedule.


By the way my co-teacher was really nice about it. I regifted him a clementine I got earlier in the day, and he told me to take it easy, and that everyone makes mistakes.

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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.