Teaching English & Reporting - Seoul, South Korea
Teaching the EuengBong English Class has been one of the best experiences I have had while here in Seongdong-Gu. I had the opportunity to work with a class of 16 students, almost all female with the exception of one male. The class has been held for ten years, but I was one of the first native English speakers to teach the class. All of the students were so eager to learn and practice speaking with me, and it really felt good to be able to help them learn.
I was not sure what to expect, but I was impressed with many of their speaking and writing abilities. We all introduced ourselves to each other, and then we played a game that helped each student compare their similarities. I noticed that many of the student’s fear of speaking English is what stops them from advancing their speech, but with more practice they will be just fine!
A few days later I returned not only to teach another class at the Global Experience Center, but to also to complete a soft news package on the facility! I really do not like to work in front of the camera. I’m more of a behind-the-scenes person, but this experience helped me to go outside of comfort zone.
I spent most of the class actually speaking with the students in English, and carrying on conversation as that is what they expressed would help them learn better. We talked about food, hobbies, family, and anything else we could think of! Some of the students were really interested in me being a vegetarian so we talked about that a lot too. People back in America ask me about that all of the time, even my family, so I didn’t mind.
Being able to get involved with the Seongdong community will forever be one of my favorite memories while here in South Korea. Pictures are worth a thousand words, but memories are cherished for a lifetime!