I Am Back In Korea!

So, despite my repeated promises, my insistence that I will change, my best efforts, I haven’t posted on here since the start of the year.

Why? Well, several reasons, none of which I will bore you with. But now, I’m back and ready to keep you updated on my exciting life here in Korea once again.

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Boldly Stepping Into The Future (Or Re-Applying for EPIK)

It has been an awfully long time since I posted on here. November, I believe, was the last time. When I left you last, I was undertaking my teacher training and stressed about work. Well, what has changed since then? Not a lot. I am still stressed. I am still in teacher training. But my future path may be different, dear reader. For I have made the decision to re-apply to go and teach in Korea with the EPIK Programme again. Those who read my sporadic blog posts will know that I miss Korea. I miss EFL. I miss basically everything about those glorious two years. So this should really come as no surprise.

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An Exhausting First Week (Or How We Are Back At School)

This week marked the start of the new semester in Korea. For teachers, this means many things. New students to teach. New faces to remember. New names to learn. I excel at almost none of these. I can teach, but my memory for names and faces is terrible. If I were describing someone from a crime I’d witnessed, police would be on the lookout for a shortish but tall black Caucasian individual with hair and possibly glasses. Most certainly, they would have a face. I think you get my point.

Anyway, this first week back has been marked by the (traditional) lack of organisation at my school. I have yet to receive my set schedule and have taught only one third of my classes this week. But it has been exciting to meet my new first grade boys (all of whom seem enthusiastic about learning English – I give that attitude two weeks, max). I also found out that I have a new co-teacher. She seems very nice and this is her first teaching job since finishing studying at University. I can’t help but feel she has jumped in at the deep end by starting at an all boys middle school. But, she teaches first grade (who are normally the most well behaved of the bunch) and  my seems to be coping with it all extremely well.

Apart from this, I have been busy sorting out my second blog (a men’s style blog) and editing some photos from Vietnam and Cambodia (expect this next week).

I will write again soon,

Ricky

First Official Post Of The New Year (Or How I Am Finally Doing Something Useful)

So, once again I must begin by apologising for not posting regularly to this blog. If you have seen any of my previous posts, you will know the past week or so has been a pretty turbulent time in my life. To sum it up, I got food poisoning and then one of my best friends was in a bus accident. This means I have spent much of my spare time in the last week visiting her and making sure she is OK. Luckily, she is now doing much better and this means I have some spare time to post.

But, I hear you ask with anticipation, what else have you been doing? Well, I started my winter camp last week. This year I themed it around Harry Potter. I am not sure how into it my students are (they seem to switch between utter disinterest to intense rivalry and excitement) but I am loving it. So far, we have done Transfiguration, Defence Against The Dark Arts, Care of Magical Creatures and History of Magic. Origami was one of my most popular activities and on Monday, my boys are going to finish making unicorns. I also do a teacher’s camp, in which we read articles from Breaking News ESL and discuss the issues involved. We have covered everything from economics to religion so far and my co-teachers seem to really enjoy it.

I have also returned to my first true love – the Mod movement. I assume most people don’t know what this is but basically it was a youth subculture in the 1960s in Britain. I first got into it when I was 16 years old but have spent the last year or so drifting backwards and forwards from it. I am not sure what it was – nostalgia, a feeling of belonging or just the fact that Mod is one of the best things to ever happen to the world but currently I am absolutely fascinated by it again. It is nice to feel passionate about an interest. I feel my life has lacked this recently.

Anyway, that is it from me this time. For further reading on Mods, check out Wikipedia or Modculture.co.uk. Both of these should satisfy any curiosity you have.

I will write again soon.

Ricky