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Medium to short term

A new term started at the hagwon this week. Declining student numbers mean I have a much easier schedule – I’m down to 23 classes a week, as opposed to 29 previously; and on Wednesdays I have two classes. I also have a number of very nice classes – small classes, novel classes, classes with students who are – gasp! – interested in doing some work.

I have three novel classes with elementary students. These have always been among my favourite classes to take. To be honest, they’re quite easy – on both teacher and student, so the classroom atmosphere tends to be more pleasurable.

The three books I’ve started with are The Opera Stories (consisting of Turandot, Carmen and Aida), Heidi and Robin Hood. These aren’t original texts but condensed, simplified versions for students of English. I’m planning to do as I did a couple of terms ago and download film versions (and music) to show the kids.

Yesterday I also started using a student points system on the board for a couple of classes. I tried a couple of variants: three strikes = detention; and a more generous automatic five stamps per student, to be reduced for speaking Korean or for bad behaviour. This latter worked well with my PL4 class of four girls.

One thing that annoys me about the new schedule is that classes now finish ten minutes later, at ten past ten. The ten minute break between the afternoon classes and the evening classes has been expanded to twenty minutes. I suppose the extra time to relax and/or prepare is OK, but I’d prefer to be able to leave earlier.

One final thing related to work: the hagwon finally told us the dates of the summer vacation – it’ll be the week commencing 24 August. I plan to go back to Britain for the week. Unfortunately, I’ve just remembered that my credit card has expired and I’ll need to get the new details from my sister before I can buy a ticket (unless I can pay via PayPal … or maybe just go to a travel agent and pay in cash).

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