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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea


My students are wonderful, and quirky, and amazing, and I am not being the teacher that they deserve right now.

I’m doing alright. I’m preparing lessons and teaching them. I haven’t missed a class or done anything bad per se, but I’m just not as with it as I normally am. I’m finding it harder to be “on” and to stay “on” during classes. Part of it is that I’m still undecided about Johns Hopkins and I feel like that’s taking up a good portion of my brain power, much like the McAfee antivirus program on my home computer – while it may not be what you are focusing on at the time, it’s slowing everything else down while it’s running in the background. I’m actually doing better with the first graders than the second graders right now, for what might be the first time ever – they’re still in awe of me, whereas to the second graders I’m old hat.

My focus will come back. It always does. I just have to give myself some time to work through everything.

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  1. Avatar March 23rd, 2013 at 7:07 am Leah Says:


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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.