All that glimmers

It’s Friday, and I just got paid (two days ago), which officially makes me a millionaire. Absolutely no joke, I’ve never seen that many digits on a bank statement — granted it’s in Korean won, which unfortunately seems to be the only thing falling faster than the American dollar. This would’ve been sweet if I had any U.S. cash left to exchange, but now I’m looking to send money home to cover some bills.

I still have some money at home that I can use for the time being until the won decides to sort itself out. Other than that, things are good. Like I said, it’s Friday, and I’m staring out the window at sunny skies after watching three episodes of Entourage while anticipating the weekend. It’s so much nicer to be working in a place with windows. Even on the gloomiest of days, it’s nice to be able to see something other than colorless walls. I’ve been meaning to take a picture of the view, while not too bad isn’t definitely postcard material.

Regarding classes, I can feel the teachers loosening the reins a little bit. The co-teachers are asking more for my input about the lesson plans instead of pointing at different sections of the book to present. It’s nice that in two weeks, they’ve started to trust me a little more. I’m definitely no teaching expert, but I know teaching straight from the book doesn’t help these kids think in English, which is the goal if we want them to speak it.

Those worries are for another day. Now it’s Friday afternoon, and almost time to leave for the weekend. I’m probably checking out a rock climbing gym tonight then having a night on the town. The good times in Seoul continue.

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2 responses to “All that glimmers

  1. cantueso

    No. You can’t teach them to “think in English”. That’s an advertiser’s line. Picture the brain as some sort of hard disk that has to be formatted before you can load it with data. Or consider how quite often you talk about something while thinking about something else, for instance during a routine conversation on the telephone: you explain to somebody about his tax obligations while wondering whether the car got parked in the wrong place again.

  2. The point is that they’re not learning any sort of application of the language and therefore are not thinking with it. Repeating the same phrases over and over only makes them memorize these useless phrases while not really thinking about when they would use them.

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