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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea

Chants and Cheers


Last week (well… Monday and Thursday) I taught a lesson based on cheers and chants to my 2nd graders and advanced first graders, to get them in the mood for sports day. We practiced rhyme and rhyme scheme, watched a few videos of chats at my high school, then I broke them into small groups and had them come up with chants supporting their homerooms. I was cleaning out my teacher binder (which I have to do every week or it becomes unmanageable) and I came across these gems:

“We are one.
We are run.
We are fun.
Hit you, wow!”

“Go, go
Win, win
We will be

and my personal favorite

“Cheer up go!
We will make goal!
Cheer up yo!
We are black hole!”

Because I was sick Tuesday and Wednesday, and we had Sports Day on Friday,  I wasn’t able to do this with any of my 2nd grade boys classes, so I’m going to rework the lesson and have them come up with cheers for the South Korean Summer Olympics team (which team? any team).  We’ll see if the boys do cute cheerleader moves like my girls did. I’m thinking probably not.

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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.