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l0ckx



Joined: 24 Sep 2003
Location: PA, USA

PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2003 6:31 pm    Post subject: my first student! Reply with quote

whoo hoo!! I managed to run into an exchange student from South Korea at work the other day. She is attending the high school in the town my university is located. I over heard her host parents talking to her about her friends in Korea and of course I had to say an-nyeong! I went over and told them that Iím interested in Asian (Korean) cultures and that Iím thinking about teaching ESL. Her host mom asked me right off the bat if I wanted to help her with her homework and English!! I was sooo excited because I was looking for something like this!! EXPERIENCE!!! I said I would absolutely love to help!

Our first session is tomorrow for 1.5 hours Smile Her English is very poor, so Iím sure I will be able to help her! The host dad asked if I would be charging them, and I said that I expect not to be paid, however if they feel they need to, then that's fine. I was just happy I will have this experience!

I hope this helps me decide if Iím really cut out for teaching ESL or working with an English learner. I've worked with Hispanics back at Taco Bell and ALWAYS had a great time working with them! Sometimes itís easier to figure out what you donít like rather than what you doÖ

WHOOT WHOOT WHOOT!!

if anybody has any tips I should consider...PLEASE POST!!!

PEace!
l0ckx
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eamo



Joined: 08 Mar 2003
Location: Shepherd's Bush, 1964.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2003 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teaching one university student is fine and I hope you get a taste for TESL.

However, it will not prepare you for a class of 13 Korean 10-year-olds high on sugar which is the the reality for many teachers here in Korea.

Class-management is the downfall of many first-time teachers here. They get a downer on their job in their first week because they can't control the kids.
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l0ckx



Joined: 24 Sep 2003
Location: PA, USA

PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2003 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ahh i hear ya...i'm just hoping this will help me figure out if i really can teach. And if so, if i really would enjoy teaching! As for kids, i'm an assistant for a kindergarten class every sunday at the church...you gotta love the 6 yr olds! They really put a smile on my face and give me something worth waking up for on my sleep-in day!

Those who can...teach, those who can't...teach gym

heh, i don't wanna be teaching Gym in korea...j/k

Peace,
l0ckx
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justaskdan



Joined: 28 Apr 2003
Location: Me in Pohang - Oct 20th

PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2003 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You want some advice, charge her 30,000won an hour.
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schwa



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
Location: sokcho

PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2003 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm gonna agree with Dan -- it might have been better to charge something just to put the arrangement on a more professional footing. Even if you dont know what youre doing! It signals that you intend to work & you expect the same from your student.

Also as noted above, one-to-one is a lot different from teaching a class. In many ways, private tutoring is more difficult. Full-on 90 minutes with a native speaker is daunting, stressful, & very tiring to most beginners. Go very slowly & patiently, strive to keep it light.

One small language note -- if you said 'an-nyeong' to the girls parents, that would be quite highly disrespectful. Somewhat westernized, they probably overlooked your mistake, but 'an-nyeong haseyo' in full is necessary for everyone except children & your closest friends.
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rapier



Joined: 16 Feb 2003

PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2003 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you're enjoying it. You'll be asked for a lot more tuition when you get here, it'll be heaven for you.
isn't it sweet to listen to bright eyed and bushy tailed newbies, keen to explore Korean culture?!!!!!!
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Zyzyfer



Joined: 29 Jan 2003
Location: who, what, where, when, why, how?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2003 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

l0ckx wrote:
Those who can...teach, those who can't...teach gym

heh, i don't wanna be teaching Gym in korea...j/k

Peace,
l0ckx


I do. The gym teachers at my school got it made. Walk around and yell at kids to work harder. Totally sweet!
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l0ckx



Joined: 24 Sep 2003
Location: PA, USA

PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2003 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ahhh...I didn't make myself entirely clear.

I don't live in Korea, Iím still in the states. I'm a university student, and she is a high school student in the same town. Her host parents are American, and blood are back in Korea. As for the pay, I work at the same company as her host dad, and he works really bad shifts at night and her host mom during the day...I really don't think they have the $$ to be shelling out. It is absolutely my pleasure to help the poor girl, for I will be getting experience, and hopefully some help with my Korean!!

It's all good...

peace,
l0ckx
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Zyzyfer



Joined: 29 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2003 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're good. Ignore the money-grubbing business and have fun with your first student. Just don't get frisky.
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Corporal



Joined: 25 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2003 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zyzyfer wrote:
You're good. Ignore the money-grubbing business and have fun with your first student. Just don't get frisky.


Er...at this point I hope the OP clarifies what gender he/she is, because I felt that this was a female poster. Shocked Mind you, not getting frisky is still good advice regardless, but...now I'd like to know.
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Zyzyfer



Joined: 29 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2003 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darth Vader is all MAN.
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l0ckx



Joined: 24 Sep 2003
Location: PA, USA

PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2003 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm totally a dude...and no frisky business...she's like 15!

I've done the high school girlfriend...and no...no more of that !

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l0ckx
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U.S.A.



Joined: 19 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2003 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
You want some advice, charge her 30,000won an hour.


If you do charge her, make sure it's in the currency of your current location. Wink
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Zed



Joined: 20 Jan 2003
Location: Shakedown Street

PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2003 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

l0ckx wrote:
I've done the high school girlfriend.

Yours I trust? Wink
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