15 Minutes

That’s all our lesson plan is allowed to take. We’ve had the whole week to plan it – and therein the problem lays. We’ve had too long to think about it, too long to over think it. At least, that’s what our group is doing. Other groups are panicking and have hardly finished everything they need to do.

We just got done doing our practice 15 minute lesson. Our class leader, Jenny, sat in and pretended to be a Korean student which lightened the mood a bit. We ran out of time, though, which was concerning. We’re going to go over if we’re not careful. Other groups may run out of things to do which is probably worse. We’ve had to create and submit a lesson plan for a middle school class – a 45 minute class. Then, somehow we need to condense the lesson into 15 minutes. Yes, the native speakers we present the activities to will do them much faster than Korean students would. But that doesn’t make it any easier. 

For anyone interested, here is a link to our lesson we’ll be presenting. 

We’ll be presenting tomorrow just before lunch. Bummer. Chris’s group maybe has it worse and has to present just after lunch. Yuck. Word is still out who’s group will be more attentive. 

Then it’s over. 15 minutes and we’re basically all done with orientation. We’ll have to watch a few more presentations then hear critiques and tips. Afterward we’ll talk to EPIK staff and then the big moment arrives: our school placements! 

We’ll have a closing ceremony and a dinner and then we’re really done. 

Today wasn’t all that interesting. We just prepared for our lesson plan all day. We needed plastic bags for my project so Chris and I went to GS25 (where we had our fun dinner yesterday). We got our bags and *surprise* it was the same guy in the suit from yesterday. He recognized us and talked to us in Korean while he scanned our items. We got something else for “Service” (but 1 get one free or just getting something for buying something else). After we checked out he got really excited – or maybe he sensed this could be our last time at GS25 (we won’t have time to go tomorrow) so he said “one momentu!” and grabbed a coffee out of the cooler at random. He gave it to us for free (it wasn’t service) “share, you share” he pointed between us. We thanked him as much as we could and left. Daejeoners are (at least in this part of Daejeon) are very nice. Besides the yellow dust and pollution, this seems to be a really nice place to be for the next year+. 

 

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