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Look! A Hot Dog


The second article rule I’ve been teaching this week is the “unknown/known” rule. Basically, if it is the first time you are introducing a previously unknown noun, you should use the indefinite article (a/an) and if the noun is already known or has previously been introduced you should use the definite article (the). Obviously this is not true in all cases, but it’s a good basic rule for students to keep in mind. As this is a really overwhelming looking definition, I’ve been breaking it down into a dialogue and having students fill in the blanks.

Look! __ dog.
__ dog is so cute.
__ dog has __ cat friend.
__ cat is sitting on __ tree.

When I wrote “Look! __ dog” on the board, class 2.9 automatically shouted out “HOT DOG.”

“No guys. Which article should I use?”
“… Okay, fine. Here’s the new dialogue:

Look! __ hot dog.
__ hot dog looks so delicious.
__ hot dog is next to __ bottle of ketchup.
__ bottle of ketchup is red.

Is this better?”

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“Look! A Hot Dog”

  1. Avatar September 16th, 2012 at 10:47 pm Amy Phillips-Iversen Says:

    This is very funny! Good job…

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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.