(Sorry no pictures in this one, I don’t have internet in my apartment yet, and probably won’t for at least a week!)
I don’t teach this week, which is rare, so I am lucky to have an adjustment period. I have to give the vice-principal an outline of my lessons for the semester, and plan my lessons for the following few weeks.
I am in an office with about 10 other teachers, and they were all in a meeting this morning–I went for a few minutes to introduce myself, but the rest was in Korean so I came back here–and a ton of students swarmed into the office! I had no idea what was going on, if this is normal, or what!
Whenever I would say the two or three phrases of Korean I know, the students would clap–so I stopped speaking Korean, because I felt awkward! But some of the teachers were very impressed that I knew some Korean since I have only been here 2 weeks, and I think the principal was pleased as well.
I met the principal and the vice-principal, and they both seem very pleasant. The other English-speaking teachers are also very friendly and willing to help. I can’t wait to get the paperwork side of things straightened out–my Alien Registration Card, cell phone, internet, etc. Then I can settle in!
Koreans are very polite. My co-teacher–who is in charge of explaining things to me, like getting my ARC, etc.–always tells me things by saying, “I think you might want to…” Basically, whatever I “might want to do,” I need to do!
I need to buy a pair of “indoor shoes.” My co-teacher said I “might not have to,” but that means–you might guess–that I should.
She is only a couple of years older than me, and was very happy that I love shoes, and skirts, and purses, and jewelry. She was wearing a skirt when I met her, and a dress today, so we should get along famously! She lives pretty far outside Incheon, but one of the other English teachers (she studied in Fairfax, VA for a year!) said she can’t wait for us all to hang out, so I am really excited about that! I want Korean friends!
Oh my goodness, the office swarms with students during breaks. They like practicing their English on me. I have had this conversation a gillion times today: “Hello! Where are you from? How are you? I am fine, thank you. Bye!”
Things you can look forward to hearing about when I can post video again:
*) My posh apartment. And by posh, I mean small. It’s perfect though!
*) Korean Music Wave. That’s right, I went to a K-pop concert. Every bit as amazing as it sounds.
Hooray for lesson planning!