For our year in Korea Josh and I will be teaching at an English Village. It’s a pretty unique school and we have a very different teaching perspective than most people who typically come to Korea to teach English. Most of the teaching jobs in Korea are at a hagwon (private academy after school program), public school or university. We teach at an English Village. There are a couple of English Villages throughout Korea which are privately run, as far as I know the Changnyeong English Village is the only government funded English Village. Being an English Village means that when we teach the students we don’t focus on grammar or many of the basic English principles the students learn while at school, we teach them English that they would use in the real world, it’s pretty cool. Since our school in funded by the government it means that all the schools in the area (elementary and middle) each get a week at the village, so each week we are teaching new students with different levels of English and from different areas. The diversity of the students is amazing, some children speak flawless English…others don’t but it really tests your skills as a teacher to adapt so all can learn something.
So…why do they call it an English Village?
Because we have rooms that emulate different important places you might need to visit! So…here is a picture tour (pics courtesy of Josh and his schmancy camera) of CEV!
Josh and I each have our own classrooms where we do study periods in. This is where about half of the students’ time at CEV is spent.
This is where the students meet and get a brief lecture at each day they arrive at CEV, on Fridays an American movie will be played and all the students watch on the large mat. Sometimes we have talent shows and the kids play piano, dance and my favorite….Tae Kwon Do!
BANK & POST OFFICE
This room is split between a bank and a post office…here we teach the kids about American money, customs slips, etc.
The students do patient/doctor dialogues here, along with hospital scavenger hunts and I like to sing “head, shoulders, knees and toes” with them
AIRPORT, HOTEL & RESTAURANT
This room is always a favorite with the students, they do various dialogues and love to make different meals (with the plastic food)
Kind of a random but still fun room, sometimes we do the baking powder/vinegar experiment here or teach the kids about the 5 senses
We play computer games here
Don’t really use this room, actually I think us taking pictures of it was the first time I went in, but I do have plans to steal one of the psychedelic couches for my apartment
This is where we teach the kids things like how to get change when shopping, ask how much things are and in the end we just let them shop…they love it!
In this room we do little arts/crafts with the kids and play different songs (alot of Michael Jackson at the moment but Josh and I have plans of making our own playlist)
And here is where the teachers spend about half of the day doing desk warming…
Hope you enjoyed the little tour of where we work. The school is beautiful, our director designed all the rooms and they really help the students get ready and excited to use their English in each setting. So far we love teaching here…Josh starts working in the cyber school portion of the school in less than a month so we’ll have to do an update on how that is.