Beautiful Korea

Beautiful Korea

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Hello again!

Ok, I know, I've been bad. I haven't posted in ages. It's because I have a gazillion pictures of cherry blossoms in Seoul Grand Park, and many more gazillions of pictures from my trip to Jeollanam-do, and unfortunately, I also have an absolute abhorrence of photo editing. One day, I may actually get around to it, but I seem to have a truly amazing ability to procrastinate when it comes to photos.

But I feel bad about not having posted in so long, so you get a photo-less post.

Things here are still great! Three weeks ago I had a required 4-day teacher training/orientation session for GEPIK foreign English teachers (GEPIK is public education in Gyeonggi-do, the province where I live). Although a lot of it was stuff I already knew, it did provide many useful tips, plus the best part: the chance to meet other native English speakers in the area. I really like my Korean friends, but it was nice to have a chance to talk to people who don't struggle with English. Also, I met a couple people who live on the same block I do! Yay, local friends to hang out with!

Then I spent the next week getting caught up on things after being gone for four days. This week I only taught a bit over a half week, as the last part of the week, the students were busy studying for finals, which are next week. Like the last part of this week, next week I have to go to work, but don't have any actual classes to teach, so I'll be spending the time preparing for summer classes and for next semester (plus sundry goofing off on the internet). It's almost impossible to believe that we're almost half-way through the school year! The time has flown by so fast.

One of the suggestions I picked up at the training session was to use Korean pop music in my lessons, because it contains a lot of English, and the students will be really into it. So I've been looking into K-pop bands. The downside is that I didn't even particularly like the music of boy bands when I was a teen, and it doesn't seem to have changed much, except for the addition of some rapping, which I don't think improves it. On the other hand, I'm watching videos of really attractive young men who dance well, so it could be a lot worse.

Anyway, to make up a bit for my own lack of posting, I would like to direct your attention to the website of two other foreign English teachers here in Korea. Not only do they post more often than I do, but they make tons and tons of mini-movies about life here in Korea. I met them at the GEPIK training session, and they are very cool and funny, and their videos are a really excellent look at experiencing Korea as a foreigner. It's all there: the good, the bad, and the really weird, and it's all true! So go check it out:

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