Monday was my first day at SLP in Jung-Gu, Ulsan. I am working predominantly with kindergarteners and some elementary classes. Before school, Matt and I went out for breakfast at a cafe called A Twosome Place. We got chicken omelet sandwiches and americanos. For only 5,000/person, it wasn’t a bad meal.
Then, at around 10 AM, a young man from the school came to pick me up (although regularly I have to be at work by 9:15). He didn’t speak much English, but was listening to Elton John during the car ride. When we arrived at school, I was surprised to see how nice it was inside. Apparently, it is only about a year old, so everything is brand new. I was shown to the office where I met three of my Korean co-teachers and given my training schedule.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are the heavier days and Tuesday and Thursday are the lighter ones. I spent most of the day with Laci, the teacher I am replacing. She went over the curriculum/books for all the classes and I got to observe her in the classroom and take notes. What’s most exciting is that I get to teach the art classes!
At long last, I get to use my degree. Kind of.
At noon, we serve our homeroom classes lunch and eat with them. It’s a really nice perk to get free lunch at school. We had rice, seaweed soup, little sausage patties, marinated tofu, and kimchi. Everything was really good. After lunch, the kids generally get the rest of the period to play.
In the afternoon, the elementary students come in. It happened to be a testing day, so I sat in the classroom while Laci administered the tests. This happens once a month. There wasn’t a lot to take notes on, so I just observed from the back of the room. The last classes end at 6:05 each day, so we can go home as soon as we finish.
I also found out very last minute that I wold not be getting a ride back to the hotel, and would be responsible for taxi rides to and from school for the rest of the week. Frustrating. However, the school will be reimbursing me, so that’s fine. Once I got back to the room, Matt and I went out for dinner. We found a little restaurant downtown and ordered donkkaseu (Korean style fried pork cutlet) and galbitang (beef short rib soup). Dinner only cost us 12,000 won and everything was really delicious.