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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea



I’ve had two really fun interactions with my second grade boys today.

This week as a post-midterms fun class in second grade we’re playing Chalkboard Scrabble (and they’ve been killing it – the last class had teams that created the words “candidate” and “zebra”). At the end of class I was putting away all of the letter tiles and a student came over to help me.

“Oh! Thank you! You’re so sweet.”
“I cannot be sweet. I am not a candy.”
“Ah, but we can use ‘sweet’ to describe people too.”
“오 진짜?”

 As if on cue my second grade boys started running around the classroom and yelling in their friends’ faces “You are so sweet!” and proclaiming “I am SWEET GUY.” So cute. Then it got kinda not cute.

“But you must be careful with the pronunciation. It’s swEEt not swEAt.”
“아, Yes, and it is not SWAT. Special Weapons Attack Team [Before you correct me, yes, I know that that’s the wrong acronym]. I wish I was SWAT. Give me a machine gun please!”
“… Never.”

I also taught Bad and BAD’s class today. After class I saw Bad in the hallway.
“Teacher! BFF.”
“Ah, you mean BAD?”
“No. YOU!”

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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.