An English teacher's blog about his travels and his digital art.

Month: January 2013


Well, it seems that my New Year’s resolution to update this blog more often has gone by the wayside! But, really, there just isn’t anything happening. Everyone survived our kids’ camp last week and now it’s back to normal work time. I’ve had a few people tell me that I must be leading an exotic or adventurous life, but the truth is that, for the most part, it can be boring, especially with the tedium of the daily work routine. That’s what’s happening now–nothing, really, just routine.

The upshot is that if I don’t have anything to post about, I’ll probably not be posting all that much, especially not to type in a few words explaining that I have nothing to post about. I’ll try to get some old photos up that I haven’t shown before, but regular posting probably won’t happen until the weather gets nicer and I can get out more often. It’s pretty nice today, but it’s really hazy–smoggy, in fact. That might have something to do with Beijing’s crap blowing our way or it might just be Korea’s own home-grown smog.

At times this past week, the sun was bright and the air clear, but it was cold and very windy, conditions in which I avoid going outside as much as possible, except to do a bit of jogging. We’re supposed to get rain overnight and then back to colder weather again, so I’ll sit in my warm apartment and dream of nicer weather to come. More later.

A Long Week

This week’s going to be pretty tough and long for all the English teachers at the University. We’re hosting a kids’ camp today through Friday, with 110 children aged about 10-12 years old, split into 6 classes. The first class begins at 9 a.m. and and the last one finishes around 6:20 p.m., with a break for lunch and a few other short breaks sprinkled in. This is in addition to any other classes we’re teaching. I have another class from 10 to 11 a.m. and an evening class that runs from 7 to 8. Essentially, then, I (and a few of the other teachers) will be in class or prepping from about 8:30 in the morning until 8 at night. That makes for a long day and a long week. At least we get free breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I won’t be eating breakfast with the kids, but I’ll definitely eat lunch and dinner. I’ll only have about 25 minutes for dinner until my 7 o’clock class, so I’ll have to wolf it down and run. We’ll be eating in the dormitory cafeteria, which, ordinarily, would be more like punishment. However, we’ve been informed that “special” food has been ordered up for the camp. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Anyway, yeah, we’ll probably all be relieved when the week is finished, but I think it’ll be OK. We’re not supposed to concentrate on “hard core” English teaching, but, instead, incorporate “fun” activities in the classroom. For example, one of my classes is Food and Cooking, so I’m going to devote one period to making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in class. (I’ll be sure to check if any of the kids are allergic to peanuts.) There’s even a half day (Thursday) devoted to sports activities in the gym. Although I was my junior high class dodge ball king, I can’t really see myself joining in. I will bring a camera and take some shots of the fun and games. More later (if I survive).

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