I completed my TEFL at bli in PE over December 2016/January 2017.
I did the TEFL to learn and practice teaching English to non-native speakers so that I could go to South Korea as an EFL teacher.
I currently teach at an elementary school in Busan, South Korea.
After my bus ride to school, I am showered with enthusiastic student greetings in the passages on my way to the teachers' room. The mornings are then spent teaching 4 to 5 classes with the assistance of my Korean co-teacher. After a tasty hot (both heat and spice-wise!) Korean lunch at school, the afternoons are spent planning for the next day's lesson and activities.
I'd say the language barrier is a big challenge. Often the students will ask me for help, but they can only phase it in Korean and then neither of us can understand each other. Sometimes you also have the trouble-makers passing a comment that you don't understand until your co-teacher tells you after class what they actually said.
I really enjoy the moments when you can share a joke with the students, whether through a picture in the PowerPoint that surprises or really amuses students, or by someone saying something funny relating to the lesson. It's great when you feel there is a real relationship building with the students in each class.
If you feel bored with a lesson and dread teaching it, your students will most likely feel the same way. If you're excited about an activity, have really considered it and related it to the key lesson while it's fun, too, you'll have a good student (and teacher) response. There's not much more awkward or demotivating than bored students.
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Make sure to also check out Amy's South Korea Travel Journal and get to know more about her life there.