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It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark…





Okay so it’s October which means it’s time for my favorite holiday – Halloween! It’s never too early to start crafting the perfect Halloween lesson, so I’m soliciting advice.

Last year I did a zombie lesson for my advanced kids that went over well, but this year I’d like to do something  little more, let’s say, academic than just a speed read and “unconventional weapons bingo” (You can STAB a zombie with a HIGH HEELED SHOE. You can DISTRACT a zombie with KIMCHI). However, I do love zombies. I would like to do a lesson plan on how to survive a zombie apocalypse, but I need some sort of advanced grammar point to teach/practice, something preferably that supports reasoning (ex: so that).

I’ve been talking to the awesome Josh Brown who was a F*bright ETA last year in Naju and my awesome lesson planning buddy (and who I miss dearly) and these are the grammar points he came up:

“I kill zombies so that I can live”

ONLY IF (and how sometimes the meaning changes if you reverse the order):
“I live only if I kill zombies”
“I kill zombies only if I live”

“I kill zombies in order to live”

and, not quite the same, but fun

“I walk as if I were a zombie”

Gentle readers, what do you think? Any suggestions in terms of grammar points, or essential zombie vocabulary (physical descriptors, weapons, locations for hideouts, etc) would be much appreciated.

Stay safe.

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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.