A Peek at my Inbox

in my inbox? that sounds wrong? grammar?

Anyway, I’ve just wrapped up my first week back teaching…time for vacation! Chuseok, the Korean equivalent to Thanksgiving, falls around the same time as Labor Day in the States, but it’s a much bigger deal. That and my super-excellent work schedule means that after just a few days of being back 2 skool I am off again for like a full week!

What does it say about me that I am so happy to have this week off? like I haven’t even gotten back into things yet, and the summer was insane (not the fun kind) but there is built into me an intense craving at all times to avoid doing things. Like all things. unless it means I can be home and pantsless.  But anyway.

The first few days back were the usual muddle of classroom tracking, icebreaker games, and assessments for me to see where my bebes fall on the English-speaking ability spectrum (fyi they fall on the part with not a lot of english on it, which is to be expected). One of the exercises I always do at the start of the semester is tell them to email me their answer to the question:

‘Why are you taking this class?’

An exercise that doesn’t have a TON of merit in the grand scheme, though it’s not useless, but which I keep around so I can read things like this:

A very honest young lady:

The reason why I choice this class is… to study english of course,  and honestly, It was only class which I need to make my time table’s friday free

So much sass. “to study English OF COURSE.”

A very Google translated student:

Hello. I also fear a lot of English. But the attitude is let’s hit single.  We chose this class for chopping the base.

Brb, working more chopping the base into my syllabus which before this email had a severe lack of that

Finally: Succinct is key.

to speak well english more

I love these emails because they make me laugh BUT ALSO because they remind me of why I like this job so much. I love these students and their personalities and their goals and their senses of humor and their English. Look, I know it’s mean to laugh at these kiddos when this is them DOING THEIR WORK and FULFILLING THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES and who do I think I am, anyway. But anyone who’s ever been a teachers knows that part of caring about your students includes laughing at their errors. in private. on the internet.