Tomorrow my first day of work at a new school.
I will be teaching Korean teenagers history, geography and social studies through English at an international school in Ilsan, Korea. And I’ll be in charge of my own grade for the first time! I’m now a homeroom teacher, though the school is so small that I will only have 5 students to take charge of. An easy start, then.
It’s not my ideal school by any means: It’s not bilingual, and the students have all lived in English speaking countries, so I’m not too sure what to expect in terms of English ability, but I’m assured that I can think of it as a Content Based Approach to ESL. The students certainly fit into this category, as they all speak Korean as a first language. However, their English is good enough to study from an American curriculum.
So, I’m not sure what to expect, but I’m hoping for a good community of teachers who support each other and work on their teaching practice together, and students who are ready to work together and commit to each other and our classroom.
I will keep this blog about ESL, reflection, and my MA studies, but my posts will now more likely be structured around a smaller and more defined group of students. That should make reflective practice easier than just teaching privates!