I need to teach a conversation class at the end of everyday. I’d have to say it’s my favorite part of the day because the kids there presumably want to learn and speak English. As much as I like it though, I find it a bit difficult to get everyone engaged for 45 minutes 2 to 3 times every week (it’s not really a problem now, but I can see it will be in a few months). What I started to do it give them presentations based on a theme. I gave my grade 1 and 2 class “where should I visit?” and my grade 3 class “what Korean song/movie/food/artist do you recommend I check out?”. I think it’s a pretty good idea. I give them varying amounts of time to write out their speeches depending on how I feel and then all I have to do is listen as they play travel agent for me.
Today I decided to start taking in their speeches home to correct them and so I wouldn’t forget what they talked out.
We had two speeches today. One was about the Korean pop-star Rain and the other was about how to cook kimchi buchimgae.
Here is what you should know about Rain, according to middle school girls.
“We recommend star “rain”.
He’s most famous singer in the world.
He’s not only singer but also performer.
Also he is movie actor.
He was main character in drama Full House, and movie Speed Racer.
He started dancer and now he becomes excellent singer.
Most Korean people are proud of him.”
So there you have it. The world’s most famous singer (Lorne’s been told the same thing by his kids). You may wonder why it says “Bi (Rain)” in the titles of the videos if you clicked on the links. Bi (비) is his Korean name. Turns out it’s not my kind of music, but I guess the girls are all about this guy in Korea right now. When I told the girls I didn’t know him, they freaked out. The mere mention of his name made them giggle.
I don’t want anyone to misinterpret this as me making fun of my kids or anything negative like that. I think they’ve communicating their ideas really well for middle schoolers and I’m trying my best to help them. That’s why (well, one of the reasons) I’m halfway around the globe teaching kids that barely understand me in a culture I barely understand. I just want to share what it’s like here with people reading this and like it or not, these kids and their English is part of it.