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Letter Exchange


My letter exchanges are booming. What started with just MW has expanded to include a 2nd grade boy (Solomon) I sometimes email with, a girl whose name translates to “Grace of God” who ended her letter with “and God bless you,” and a 3rd grade student who wants to practice English and expand her extracurricular portfolio for her college applications. So many letters…

Grace (of God) gave me her new letter today, as well as a small box. On the back of the box it says “Not Medicine – It’s Derma Cosmetics!” Inside the box are six pieces of chocolate, and three free lotion samples.

Also I just sent out a response to Solomon’s last email. His email is absolutely adorable.

“I have a short time at my home… so, I don’t spend sleeping time…
but, if i’m not sleeping, I will die… Ha..Ha… (just jocking, but I will very very sleepy in my school…)
don;t be disappointed, you can lead our chang-pyeong highschool students very well~^^
I bellive you and I will follow you well.
Umm… I think chang-pyeong highschool students are very smart and kind(?) …
but sometimes make a noise vey loudly…
I think you annoying this (or not) but please understanding our students.
because, our stressed study study study.. so, we talk to each other only a little time…
ofcourse, we quite and listen to teacher’s talk. this is not change.”
What a freaking sweetheart
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“Letter Exchange”

  1. Avatar October 16th, 2012 at 3:08 pm Em in Asia! » Blog Archive » Student Profile: Solomon the Writer Says:

    […] I’ve mentioned him twice before on this blog, one time was interacting with him and some of his classmates on Sports Day, and the other in my blog post talking about my letter exchanges with students. […]

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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.