end of the month

After completing 47 evaluations for my students that I have to do for their end of the month evaluation I felt completely exhausted. I finished my July evaluations on Monday.  This month was the most students I ever had in one month teaching here in Korea! I feel a bit disappointed after spending all of those hours doing all of those evaluations, 25 of my students didn’t come to the last class. So, I feel I wasted a lot of time because I can’t give them their evaluations if they don’t come to the last class of the month.
On a more positive note to end the month of July all of my classes we had fun social classes. For the last class of the month I don’t usually like to teach a formal lesson but to have a casual fun class with them. They really enjoy it and so do I! I think it’s great for their English to be in a casual setting in a restuarant or a coffee shop where we can get away from the textbook and just do free talking. Sometimes students struggle with free talking because it’s easier for them to just give textbook answers but of course this is not realistic in real life. Doing free talking for an hour or an hour and a half really helps students fluency in their English and I’m always very proud of them when they do!
Yesterday was the last day for my Tuesday/ Thursday class for the month of July. For my afternoon class we went to Red Mango to eat ice cream. This class really struggled to keep the conversation going because they are a quiet group. I hope they can push themselves to speak more in English in the future. For my 6:45pm class we went to Star Bucks and I had two students. One of my students is going to go to the States for high school. He will be there for two years at a private school in Kentucky. I taught him for 3 months here at Connexus. I wish him well. For my 8:30pm class we went to Coffee Bean. Two of my students came and I was so proud of them because they spoke English the whole time. I was very happy because they are a basic low class and in class they weren’t very talkative.
Today was another busy day! This morning I went to Star Bucks again with my students. I enjoyed our time together. For the two IES (Intensive English study) classes I teach we stayed at school and played UNO and some of them baked. We had a great time! I went out for dinner at an Italian restuarant with my 7:40pm tonight. Three of my students in this class I have taught since I started teaching at Connexus and I will continue to teach them next month (my last month in Korea) too. We always enjoy being together and we have a really good time! In July we started doing more classes out of the textbook and we have been doing more discussion as a class. In July we only did it once a week but in August we will do it twice a week because they really like it and it’s great for their English to have class discussions! My last class tonight I just had once student. We just stayed at school and talked. She will be going to Toronto for a year. Maybe we’ll see each other in Canada next time!
My supervisors told me today that my Tuesday/Thursday class there isn’t anyone registered for that class next month so far. So, I was bold and I asked if that class can be cancelled for next month because in July I taught 8 classes and I don’t want to teach 8 classes for my last month in Korea. The other months I have taught at Connexus I only taught 7 classes and July I taught 8 classes. Eight classes is too much. They told me they will cancel it, I was very happy about that! Now next month I’m back to 7 classes.
Well it’s hard to believe that next month is my last month in Korea. Before I know it I will be back in Canada again!

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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