On-the-Job: Teaching English Classes in South Korea
My alarm goes off at 8:45, signaling the start of another teaching day. The apartment is already an oven; Seoul's summers are unbelievably hot and humid . By 9:30, my roommate and I are ready to go.
Our classes finish at 11:30 and we gab for a while over storebought ramen and sodas. At 12:15 I make the ten minute walk to the bus for my tutoring job, and 45 minutes later I arrive at the university. My college student and I discuss some of the humor sections in Reader's Digest and a short story on Steven Spielberg. At 3:00 I'm on the bus to go back to work.
Traffic is typical Seoul traffic - bumper to bumper - so an hour and fifteen minutes later I'm off the bus and rushing to class. My kids are wild and woolly, as usual, and I'm greeted by a loud chorus of "Teacher, game! Teacher, game!" We finish class with a really loud game of hangman. My second class, 5th and 6th graders, are noisy and inattentive. For many of them, it's their second hagwan of the day and not their last.
My roommate and I head home around 8.