Yup… they wrote “We Play” in 22 different languages. What did we do? We played. I suck at being strict when students are creative. Ah well… I like card games more than teaching anyways.
Sometimes, your students do something that catches you a little off guard. Sometimes, it even ends up being awesome. For example: One of my favorite classes is just two (previously three) first year middle school girls. Their names are Sunny and Helen. Sunny is extremely good at English, is usually quite talkative, and is one of my favorite students, hands down. Helen is very quiet and occasionally very stubborn. I still haven’t figured out exactly what goes on in her head, but she’s come a long way in the 8 months I’ve taught her, so I guess that’s something.
As first year middle school students, they are quickly discovering the brutal schedule that Korean kids must swiftly become accustomed to. It’s pretty sad seeing them get more and more weary and fatigued as time goes on, so I try and make things fun for them whenever possible. Instead of doing the mind numbing listening exercises we’ll have conversations or I’ll teach them a new card game. They really like card games. In fact, they want to play card games every single class. As much as I’d like to oblige them, their parents pay good money for them to come and be taught English. So sometimes I have to put my foot down and make them study; all while feeling like a great big jerk.
Last week I came into class with the intention of doing a full 40 minute class of studying. No sooner had I set foot in the room when Helen and Sunny ran up and thrust a packet of papers in my face. They looked like this:
Nathan studied and started working in business, but quickly grew tired of it and tried teaching English in South Korea. Since then, he's been working and traveling around the world.So far, he's visited 30 countries, with many more to come!