It’s nearing the end of my 2nd year here teaching in Korea. Haven’t been able to keep up with this blog pretty much at all, did more so last year than this one, but I wanted to write down some topics of lessons I’ve taught this year as a reminder to myself and possible interests to others on my teaching content matter.
For Conversation I taught more pronounciation skills to the kids in order to improve their fluency and ability to make normal sounds in English. I used this youtube channel many times in order to help and get ideas for the classes:
I also used creative ways for them to practice such as creating a tongue twister game using this site:
Or having them read the lyrics to famous pop songs (or christmas songs during the holidays) and have them remix and perform it in groups.
Also had them read a short story and Translate a page each class into korean and be able to pronounce the words in english.
For Listening, besides using some of my old lessons, i used a variety of media clips, but wanted also to talk about some deep issues. Some class topics (I can remember):
Life choices: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajo25gLxRRI
Foreigner’s feelings in Korea- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F45EGLVK2no&list=PL5D6424C735F583DC&index=21
More natural language, how to introduce yourself and the meanings of handshakes.
Watched the tech demo KARA and had them describe what they heard and saw.
Also My segment on Natural Language i did last year I brought around this year alot more with full descriptions on slang or the meaning of normal english they hear on tv or movies. Examples- Fun/Funny, Greetings (hello, hi, hey, whatsup, yo yo yo whatsupppppp!), Crazy, etc..
For the winter quarter we spent a lot of time learning about the english speaking foreigners from other countries mainly living here in korea. We focused on South Africa, The UK and England, Canada, and America. I showed videos and told facts about each country and it’s culture, so they could understand more about the places, the people, and how not all foreigners are the same, and should be treated differently (just like they would be hated to be treated the same as if they were Japanese or Chinese, or any other asian culture).
Showed 2 movies, part of the 1985 highschool classic the Breakfast Club (couldn’t show much past the beginning, it gets too..adult lol) and V for Vendetta, which i wrapped up and tied into my final lesson with Martin Luther Kings speech and Charlie Chaplins Greatest Speech.
Made many mistakes along the way, but i feel i taught some really good lessons this year, especially in the listening class. Really was able to see some of the topics I talked about hit home, as seen when I had to judge a speech contest and some of my class topics were apart of the students speeches. I even had one student (who I helped teach a dance piece for the school festival to him) write me a letter saying how much my class meant to him and how i was a great teacher. It’s things like that that let me know my time here at Muhak wasn’t wasted, and I did teach well. I’m gonna miss here, but also looking forward to my next adventure.