Actually, spring may have lasted for all of a week. I’m fairly certain we’ve jumped right into summer. I got to enjoy the cherry blossoms for about three days. Now everything is starting to get green again.
Since my last post was all about my surgery, I’ll start with a little follow up. I had my 3 month post-surgery check-up this week. There are still some things to keep an eye on, but the surgeon has said that everything is as it should be at this time. I have to go back for another check-up in 6 months.
This year I managed to figure out how to sign up for some free Korean language classes. I had wanted to do this two years ago, but unfortunately it never happened. I’ve been dong a lot of self-study during my time here, but I’m the type of student who needs a classroom and a teacher. It’s helpful, but I think as an English teacher I am at a disadvantage. My opportunities to speak Korean during the week are limited. Most of my classmates are either married to a Korean or work in an environment where they have to use the language.
Two years (and then some) in, I continue to enjoy my life here. Although, I think I’ve hit the point where I’m finding many things emotionally difficult; cultural differences, expectations, and such. The past few weeks have been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I’m not homesick, that’s never been an issue for me, really. But in some ways, the bubble has burst. Regardless, I know I’m in the right place. I really enjoy my students, they make it fun and keep it interesting. I try not to post pictures of them, so I don’t have any visuals to show you, but here is a fun story out of today’s 4th grade English class.
The Set Up: Activity 1 was the “Look and Listen” portion of the text book. Students have to watch a short animated video and answer some questions. In this particular story one of the characters was building a sandcastle and another accidentally fell over into it
The Question: “Why was Hoa angry?”
The Answer: Well, first know that the student I called on is one who is hesitant to answer the questions, even if he has the answer. He seemed to be having that battle with himself that looks like a raised hand then quickly pulling it back down. So, I called on him.
So, The Answer: “Duri, sandcastle. Kill. ”
I was SO happy! I have him a big smile and a high five. Then tried to encourage the class to “use what you know!”
That’s about it, for now. I have a long holiday coming up in May. I’ll be taking a much needed get away. I’ll try to post sooner than three months next time.