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Busan Foreign School students interviewing people at BIFF 2013

Students at Busan Foreign School go out to the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) each year. They interviewed fans, film makers, and other journalists. They are high school students taking a media & journalism course. This is the first time they have ever tried anything like this. They did an awesome job!

 


Italian Students Speak

As a full time teacher of English as a Second Language I come across many ways in which to encourage learners to activate their acquired language. During this summer (2013) I was teaching teenaged Italian students in Ireland, and I found that more so that my past experiences, my students were very active online. I thought of ways in which I could get them to use this interest in a lesson.


The Koreans of Europe

No two cultures are the same but every one is similar, right? You could certainly say that about much of Europe, where thousands of years of breeding, trading, warring, traveling, and sharing across ever-shifting borders has caused a mixology of international characteristics of which one can be difficult to discern from the other.

In Asia, it is a little more difficult to separate the differences because the continent has suffered less fluctuation of its borders, and in terms of today’s map, colonialism for the most part decided on today’s borders. But still you can throw in the changes, regardless of actual influence, of international trade, development, colonialism, the sharing of ideas, television, and migration, and the wind at the weekend if you wish, and you will soon realise the stark similarities between peoples and cultures there.


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Korea’s EFL Education is Failing, But What Can Be Done About It?

Is Korea’s EFL teaching failing? This question was asked by Groove Magazine in its March issue. The article was a comprehensive account of the history of Korea’s attempt to make its population more competitive by making English language skills key to a child’s education. I thought that the answer was pretty straight forward. Yes. Korea’s EFL instruction programme is failing. But maybe it was an easy question.

Of course it’s important to set out from the beginning to establish the fact that you’re talking about the governments drive to instil native speaker capabilities among the populace. And it’s important to know that whenever you read an argument like this you have to remember that opinions have already been forged on the barstools of waegdom, so convincing any new comers to the discussion will allow for short work.


Sledding, Kinda

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Last week for our January Field Trip, we went sledding.  Or, more accurately we went to an amusement park and where we slid down a slightly snowy/icy hill twice.  I was too busy wrangling kids, making sure no one was lost,  and having fun with our limited sledding that I took maybe a total of 3 photos.  So all of the pictures are from my school. Also I love that Clara is in mid-yawn in this picture.

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Don’t You Want to Be in Kindergarten?

I haven’t written much in the past few days because I’ve been greatly involved in this cool activity known as sleeping.  I don’t know if it’s the flu shot I recently got (better late than never, right?) or if I’m still trying to readjust after coming back from vacation, or the fact that I am a teacher and therefore run around all day.  Either way, I’ve been falling asleep by 10:30 the last few nights.


Thank You 2012

Dear 2012,

You’ve been a lovely year.  You began with great friends in the States, and now you’re ending with great friends here once again in Korea.

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Thank you 2012, for amazing students who surprise me constantly, personal fulfillment, the ability to complete 50,000 word writing goals, and even more travel!  You haven’t always been the easiest year, but you have definitely been an unforgettable one!


This Time Next Week

It’s hard to believe that a week from now Christmas will be finished for another year, and I will be in Siem Reap enjoying my winter vacation.

Right now I’m feeling stressed and overwhelmed both at work and at home.  I have a lot on my plate at school, and then on top of it I have a vacation coming up that I’m really looking forward to, but haven’t really prepared for.  I like to plan things.  I really like to plan my trips to places, and I’ve been so busy lately that I think this might be one of the most unplanned trips I’ve ever taken.

It currently seems like my To Do Lists have To Do Lists, I’ve hardly even thought about packing, but ready or not I am getting on a plane Saturday to go explore what Cambodia has in store for me.  I will also admit that I’m really bad at letting other people help me, and/or asking for help, so part of it is my own fault.


My Kids are…

…a little crazy, and I wouldn’t want them any other way.   The other day after a ten-minute break between Elementary classes, I come in to see this on my white board.  It’s the cover of the book we’re currently reading and it’s really great.

I know I couldn’t draw that well in 2nd grade, or probably even now.  Especially with teaching Kindergarten, I tend to focus on the refined art of coloring.

I liked it so much that I made sure my little ones didn’t erase it.  And apart from an accidental smudge or two, it stayed relatively intact, which is kind of a miracle.


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