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Em in Asia! 2013-03-04 19:59:52

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Second day of school, first day of teaching.

There are three different schedules floating around – one on the board, one in my hands, and one that all the English teachers have that specifically goes over my schedule for first grade because it’s THAT complicated. The second grade schedule is laid out rather nicely, in that it shows all of the subjects (영 – Young: English) with the teacher’s family name (영오 – Young Oh: English with Oh Teacher). Mine breaking from that pattern is 영E, which makes it really easy to spot.

On the FIRST grade schedule they write ALL the English classes as “영” and so no one has any idea which class they’re teaching without cross referencing the one or two schedules in their hands. Keep in mind that this is the schedule just for this week, it’s not actually a permanent schedule yet.

I was heartened to note that I wasn’t the only one staring at the board this morning in abject despair – I was joined by at least four other teachers. Ten minutes ago I heard the teacher in charge of temporary scheduling say my name, say something about my second grade classes, and then hang up and leave the room. As second grade classes were the only thing that seemed set in stone, I’m now a little worried.

Yayyyy school?

What I’ve Been Doing

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Hey everyone! It’s currently about 10:30 pm here, which makes it 11:30 am there! The time difference is really confusing at times, especially because we lost a day in travel, so sometimes I’m not sure what day it is or how long I’ve actually been here for. My days have been fairly jam-packed, and the subjects we talk about differ from day to day, but for the most part this is about what my days consist of:
I wake up at 6 am (I’m still not on a normal sleep schedule), then go to breakfast at 8 am. Breakfast so far has consisted of rice, soup, kimchi (a fermented cabbage dish popular in Korea), and some “American food” such as toast, or eggs. After that we go to Korean class. Korean classes start at 9 am and are 4 hours long, with a 10 minute break after every 50 minute period. Classes are a lot of fun, and my teachers are very energetic. They teach in Korean, but it’s suprising how much you understand from body language. After classes we have an hour break and then lunch at 1. After lunch we have some sort of business meeting that generally has to do with Korean culture or teaching. Those meetings tend to last until dinner at 6 pm, and after that the day is free – for now. Pretty soon we’ll be able to participate in extra-curricular activities! I signed up for Taekwondo and for GLEE club (not what you think). This GLEE club is a conversation club between the ETAs and the Korean students at Jungwon University. Anyway, after dinner I’ve been studying Korean/reading/hanging out with other ETAs/passing out. Which is what I’m probably going to do right about now. I finally went through and took pictures of the gorgeous campus we’re staying at, so I should be putting those up in the next few days.

I Feared This Day Would Come

Monday, June 7th, 2010

So the internet I have been stealing in my apartment for the past four months is finally password protected. I think this will actually have a negative impact on my studying. But it will be good for my sleep schedule. We’ll see how that balances out. I am sad and it’s really inconvenient but I think I will survive.

I can’t believe I’ve never written about the Argentine time schedule before.  Everyone is late, including my professors. So class starts like 15-2o minutes after it is supposed to start which is usually kind of nice. Even though I still leave my apartment to get there on time. And of all the times I have been late somewhere in Argentina, I’ve never actually been late.

But when your professor decides not to come to class, and not tell anyone, you then have to make it up on a Friday when clearly you have better things to do. And then waste thirty minutes with the Academic Coordinator because everyone is so confused and trying to figure out what the assignment for the final is. It’s this week and we still don’t know what’s going on but it involves a paper and a presentation. I guess we’ll have one night to do it. Wonderful.

I am already prematurely re-organizing in preparation to pack. I don’t know how I’ve accumulated this much and I hope it all fits. I cannot believe I am already thinking about packing. But I am so ready to come back! But then I made a list of things I wanted to do before I left, and it is long. But that’s alright, I can’t do everything. I’ll save it for next time :)

Sunday I went to a Thai restaurant in Chinatown and it was delicious! I was given quite a warning before ordering the spiciest meal, but it was not too spicy at all. And I can’t handle very much. Argentines do not like spicy food. Not even a little bit.

Finally, Happy Belated 14th Birthday to my baby Lizzie! I found a little Golden Retriever puppy on the street in San Telmo yesterday and played with her. (Her owner and mom were watching, don’t worry. Otherwise I would have taken her home with me. I don’t think my host parents would have liked that.) She was very cute (obviously) but she was quite the biter. A sweet, awful teething puppy. Definitely reminded me of a very young Lizzie!

I better actually get to work noww.

I Feared This Day Would Come

Monday, June 7th, 2010

So the internet I have been stealing in my apartment for the past four months is finally password protected. I think this will actually have a negative impact on my studying. But it will be good for my sleep schedule. We’ll see how that balances out. I am sad and it’s really inconvenient but I think I will survive.

I can’t believe I’ve never written about the Argentine time schedule before.  Everyone is late, including my professors. So class starts like 15-2o minutes after it is supposed to start which is usually kind of nice. Even though I still leave my apartment to get there on time. And of all the times I have been late somewhere in Argentina, I’ve never actually been late.

But when your professor decides not to come to class, and not tell anyone, you then have to make it up on a Friday when clearly you have better things to do. And then waste thirty minutes with the Academic Coordinator because everyone is so confused and trying to figure out what the assignment for the final is. It’s this week and we still don’t know what’s going on but it involves a paper and a presentation. I guess we’ll have one night to do it. Wonderful.

I am already prematurely re-organizing in preparation to pack. I don’t know how I’ve accumulated this much and I hope it all fits. I cannot believe I am already thinking about packing. But I am so ready to come back! But then I made a list of things I wanted to do before I left, and it is long. But that’s alright, I can’t do everything. I’ll save it for next time :)

Sunday I went to a Thai restaurant in Chinatown and it was delicious! I was given quite a warning before ordering the spiciest meal, but it was not too spicy at all. And I can’t handle very much. Argentines do not like spicy food. Not even a little bit.

Finally, Happy Belated 14th Birthday to my baby Lizzie! I found a little Golden Retriever puppy on the street in San Telmo yesterday and played with her. (Her owner and mom were watching, don’t worry. Otherwise I would have taken her home with me. I don’t think my host parents would have liked that.) She was very cute (obviously) but she was quite the biter. A sweet, awful teething puppy. Definitely reminded me of a very young Lizzie!

I better actually get to work noww.