Sunday, March 28, 2010

Trip to Pohang

Cherry Blossoms
This weekend I headed down to Pohang to visit Fred. It ended up being a long trip down there as I seemed to miss each train or bus by a few minutes. I left straight from work at 6:20 and I got there at 1:15am. On Saturday, we headed to the grocery store and stopped at an outside market along the way. This gave Fred a chance to practice his Korean as we bartered over prices. We then headed to a park in Pohang and hiked around for a while. We saw a few cherry blossom trees however I think most will be in bloom in a week or so. We met up with some other teachers for dinner.

On Sunday we went to this cherry blossom festival. One of Fred's students fathers told him about it. We were the only non-Koreans at the festival and we sure stuck out. This man came up to us and asked us where we were from then told us to follow him. He took us to this food tent and brought us tons of Korean food and drinks. He then brought us to the stage and put us in the reserved section in the second row. We had no idea what was going on on stage so when there was a pause in the show we slipped out. Again, there were very few cherry blossoms in bloom. We then headed to the bus station for my ticket home. We had a few hours to wait so we headed downtown. We got a pizza for lunch and saw one of Fred's K-2 students (4 year olds), Gordon. He was at the table behind us with his parents and little sister. He was very excited to see Fred. He has only been learning English for a few weeks so his English was not very good. His parents surprised us a paid for our pizza! We then headed back to the bus station and I headed back to Suji.

The Cherry Blossom Festival

Korean candy and treats at the outdoor market

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

LCI Field Trip

Yesterday morning all of the teachers hopped on the LCI buses when they arrived and we were off for a field trip. We went to a city two over and saw a puppet show. It was all in Korean but the kids seemed to love it. There were bubbles, lights and tons of characters for them to look at. We got back to LCI at 12:30, just in time for lunch. After lunch we had art time. Overall, it was a very easy day for Kinder. In the afternoon my elementary classes also seemed to fly by. It was a great Wednesday.

My old Kinder student, Jenny, with her new glasses

Annie, my cute little ball of terror, has her information written on her arm by her mother. I guess everyone knows that she is capable of running away.

Her Korean name and phone number

Nathan Teachers class and mine (front row) after the show

Simon and I on the bus

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Judy and I

A lot has happened since my last post. I am finally adjusted to my new classes, including Kinders. It is a big change to be teaching kids that are a year younger however it is very fun. I still get to see my old Kinders at school so I am swamped with hugs, letters and kisses each day. On Thursday I learned that it was the last day for one of my Kinder boys, Daniel. I am suppose to get a new girl this week. I really miss my old class! My afternoon classes have been going well. I am now teaching an upper level reading class which is very fun. I find myself having to remember that they understand me and I don't need to dumb down the lessons. Many of them have read books like 'Harry Potter' in English. They are in fourth grade and have about 5 or 6 years of English. Last week their vocab test had the words depriving, foisted, queasy and others. It is so much fun to have actual conversations with my students without having to adjust what I say to a lower level. It has also been an adjustment with the new teachers. The office and feel at LCI has greatly shifted however I think they are all adjusting well.
Annie and I
Fred came up to Seoul for the past two weekends. We saw a few tourist sites such as the War Museum and Memorial, Insadong art area, Itaweon foreign area and a few other things. It was so much fun to see him!

War Memorial

On Wednesday a few of us went to a bar and grill in Jukjeon, the city over, to celebrate St. Patricks Day. It was really nice to have American style food! After a few green beers, we called it a night.

Josh, Steve and I

Shauna, Christine and I

This weekend has been very laid back. It was nice to sleep in and relax. On Friday after work two coworkers and I headed to the nearest large city, Suwon, and went to a soccer game. It took about 15 minutes by cab to reach the stadium. The team plays at the Suwom World Cup Stadium and it was so cool. I had never been to a real soccer game before and I had a blast. We even bought a season pass so we can go to all of the home games. Suwon Bluewings won 2-1. After, we stayed up late and watched the Gophers game at 1:30am online. I was very sad to see them lose. The weather today finally feels like spring. About a week ago we has snow so it is a nice change. My mom arrives in Korea on April 2nd and I can't wait! It is going to be so much fun to have her here and to show her my life. My students, new and old, are also excited. Less than 2 weeks!

I am hoping for a smooth week at school. We are going on a field trip so that will be a nice change. This weekend I am going to head to Pohang to see Fred.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Twist and Shout

Young and Audrey are singing "Twist and Shout" which was the song that they sang for Festival

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A new school year

On Wednesday we began our new school year at LCI. This meant that all of our classes were changed based upon our students changing levels. I had to say goodbye to my Kinder students. Last Friday was their last day with me. I walked into class and about 3 minutes into the day Jenny's eyes began to water and soon her head was in her hands. I asked her what was wrong and she told me, as she was balling, that she was very sad because it was her last day with London Teacher. This broke my heart and I began to cry. Soon all of my students were upset but I soon told them that it would be ok and that they needed to come and give me hugs everyday. I was so sad to say goodbye to them but I know that they will love having Steve as their teacher.
My new Kinder class has 4 girls (Audrey, Annie, Judy and Cheny) and 6 boys (Simon, Danny, Daniel, Johnson, Young and Tomas). They are a 6-2 class which means that they are 6 years old (5 years old USA standards) and in their second year of English. They are all very cute and little. It has been a hectic few days but they seem to be adjusting well. I am so excited to get to know them!
Daniel, Audrey, Annie, Simon and Young
Tomas, Judy (glasses), Cheny, Danny and Johnson

The girls, Audrey, Cheny, Judy and Annie
Annie: Cute but major trouble!!

My afternoon classes have also changed. Everyday from 2:30-4:00 I teach 7 year olds who are in their third year of English. My class has 6 kids, Annie, Kelly, Carly, James, Daniel and Eric. They are pretty motivated and very funny. My MWF 4:00-6:20 class is my old 2:30-4:00 class. I was able to keep the same students as they moved up a level. They are a hilarious group of 3 girls and 5 boys. This is my favorite class! On TH I now teach a upper level reading class and my old MWF 4:00-6:20 class which I also kept as they moved up a level.
It has been a very busy but exciting week. I cannot wait to get to know my new students!