Ian and I went to Goam today for our first day of work on the same campus. They have us teaching classes back to back. Here's what Friday's schedule looks like:
2:45- Beginner 2 (Casey)
3:30- Beginner 1 (Casey)/ Beginner 2 (Ian)
4:15- Basic 1 (Casey)/ Beginner 1 (Ian)
5:00- Essential 2 (Casey)/ Basic 1 (Ian)
5:45- Essential 1 (Casey)/ Essential 2 (Ian)
6:30- Essential 3 (Casey)/ Essential 1 (Ian)
7:15- Leaders (Casey)/ Essential 3 (Ian)
Basically, I taught a class and then Ian taught the same class. During the rest of the week, we use the same materials (one class period = one book unit), so today's method required a little stretching and creativity. I taught half of a unit and then Ian reinforced my lesson and closed the unit (essentially, because we're using exactly the same materials) Ian and I share the job of one person on Fridays. They had us rotating classrooms, so the day was more tiring than usual. I also taught seven classes in a row today, which is something I've never done before.
I had told Julia that I didn't have material for the Fluent class at about 2:30, but she didn't bother to give me anything for them until 7:13, literally two minutes before class started. I hope they decide on something concrete for that class because they're good kids (and their English is very good) and they deserve a good shot at practicing it.
Even though Ian and I hardly saw each other, it was nice being together. Each time we saw each other in passing, it was a short mental break from the busy day. The students were very happy to have their playmate back.
At the end of the day, Sue handed Ian a piece of paper with Korean on it and told him there was a foreigners' meeting at City Hall on Monday. Ian asked if it is just Yoon's, and she said that it is for the whole of Jecheon. When Ian told me about this, I remembered something that I had seen on the Facebook page of another foreign teacher here. She had been disappointed because she found out that her summons to City Hall was for a sex education workshop. I showed Ian the post and then later asked Sue to confirm. Yes, all (or nearly) of the foreigners must attend a sex education lesson at City Hall at 10:30 on Monday morning. No, we do not teach sex ed. This lesson is intended for us. Considering sex ed starts in elementary school in the states, I think I'm right in assuming that most of the "students" will be better and more accurately educated in this particular area than the "teachers." It should make for a very good blog post.
We've got to get up bright and early tomorrow morning, as Chun wha will be here at 8 to take us to Andong. By the way, Andong is the folk culture capital of Korea. If you click here, it will take you to the Wikipedia page.