Korean, Teach, Lesson Plan, Repeat


26 pages of hangul

I think this photo sums up the way I’m spending most of my time at Fulbright Orientation quite well. Repetition, repetition, repetition. Korean language. Lesson planning. Teaching.

It’s amazing how full the schedule is each day (or, if it’s not full, we still have a lot of responsibilities. Orientation is, without a doubt, one of the hardest things that I’ve done. I’ve taught two lessons so far and teach once more on Friday. These lessons have been invaluable in developing my teaching persona and ensuring that, yes, I can really teach. But, importantly, they’ve led me to a few things I can improve on in the way I run my classroom. Our Korean language final is next week. Truthfully, I’m finding language class quite difficult, but the Orientation Coordinator Team is offering a lot of support to ETAs who are struggling. I’m hopeful that the class will finish well.

Today, we have our placement ceremony to find out what school and location in Korea that each of us will spend our grant year in. I didn’t have any really specific preferences for location, but I’m still nervous! I do look forward to getting out of the Jungwon University bubble (80 Americans stuffed into a college campus in rural Korea) and into Korean society. Here’s hoping for a great placement, wherever that might be.

Last weekend, we went to the beach town of Donghae City for some so-called rest and relaxation. Right now, I wish I was still on the beach.



About Jonathan Rice

Fulbright Fellow, Pitzer College alum, and communicator passionate about telling stories that make an impact.

Posted on 07/29/2013, in Fulbright South Korea 2013-14, General and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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