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Our First Day of School

June 4, 2008

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So here’s the update from the first day of school. To begin with, we are very tired right now, and we want to go to sleep, so this will have to be short. Korean schools are very odd compared to Canadian schools. What you see in this picture is Simon’s schedule. Every blue box is a class I have to teach. I have 23 classes to teach per week. I teach 40 students per class. I see each class only once a week. That means that every week I teach 23 x 40 = 920 students…EVERY WEEK. I thought I might be able to memorize their names if I tried really hard, since Korean names are so odd to me. Now I know there’s no chance in hell of memorizing nearly 1000 of them.

Here’s the plus side, and it’s a great, great plus. I have to make only two lesson plans per week, one for each level I teach, but I have to teach it 11-12 times. As well, classes are only 45 minutes long, so if I run out of material in class the wait won’t be as excruciating.

There’s a lot more to write about, but we’ll have to save it for tomorrow.

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  1. Well, it takes a couple of weeks of activities or so to get a basic grasp of their levels of English. Some easy icebreaker games at first give me a bit of an accurate idea.

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