Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Korean Kindergardeners

Yesterday I had a chance to sit in on an English class for Korean kids. I've been thinking about taking a job at an English academy so I wanted a chance to see how it was done. The kids were adorable, but scared to death of me.

First off, they all chose English names for their English classes, which reminded me of my high school French days. (I was Jacqueline, so not too exciting, but still. There was the girl who chose to be known as Etienne and learned half way through the year that it was a boy's name) The first class had two little girls, Rosie and Sunny, who giggled every time I talked to them. When I showed them where I was from on the map, Rosie whispered into Sunny's ear and they both laughed... apparently they have heard talk of the Midwest.

One of the boys in the class was named David. I told him that my brother's name was David and they all thought that was hilarious. I mean, who in their right minds would name a child David?!Then, a boy named Max met me and pulled a Simpsons book out of his bag. He, too, started cracking up about this (maybe I have three fingers?). Max also talked about his new Lego set. He built a remote control car out of Legos. Somethings really have gotten high tech.

Overall, the day proved to be an interesting entry into childlike humor and how one teaches English. I'm leaning towards taking the job, mostly so I can see what was so darn funny!


  1. This sounds great. I have known you all your life and you never scared me. Of course I was not 5 when I met you. Oh no I am starting to get all misty about your birth -
    My french name was TA REZ. Of course the genius seating chart had me sitting in the front row my freshman year. Sr Carmelita (god rest her soul) liked to enunciate. She also had overactive salivary glands. Lets just say front row french class was a less than dry experience. Oh no I am starting to get misty again.
    I think the job sounds cool. There is usually only one kid in each kdg class that you get warned about as opposed to the 25 kids you are warned about in jr high.
    Good luck Keep writing Let us know what they were laughing about.
    Aunt Therese

  2. I can entirely see you teaching little Korean children English. They will then run up to you and pet your hair. Children are like that.

  3. Take the job my dear...you will love it. Mom