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. Colleen and I were able to work with a class of 16 students, almost all female with the exception of one male. The class has been around for ten years, but Colleen and I were the first native speakers to visit the class. All of the students were so eager to learn and talk with us, and it really felt good to be able to help them that day.
We were 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 speaking it better. With more practice they will be just fine!
A few days later we got the opportunity to not only come back and teach at the Global Experience Center, but we also got a chance to be reporters! 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.
The students mostly wanted to talk to get practice speaking English, so we gave them an opportunity to do just that. 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 talk 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 as a visitor, 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!