Thursday mornings I’m scheduled to teach English at a countryside middle school and trek all the way there, but today they had exams or something so I wasn’t required to go in; instead I went to my main school and desk-warmed. Being the great NYer I am, I efficiently used this free time to prepare a lesson for next week! I saw a post on FB from a facilitator from EPIK’s orientation on St. Patrick’s Day, and thought I could work with that.
So I’m doing research on the holiday, the origins, related and associated things, and figured maybe I’ll include a section on leprechauns and have the students draw a comic strip. Naturally they have to learn what leprechauns are, what characteristics they have, and implement that into their comic strips, but it was shocking to see what little visual aids that was readily and immediately available over the internet! I remembered watching many cartoons, animations and/or movies on the little lads, and yet came up short. Ideally I wanted a short clip displaying all their famous features, but there was always something missing!
It’s not finished yet, but it’s almost there I suppose. It’s difficult coming up with a very educational and fun lesson plan that helps the students’ English language abilities in the long run! Ever since I left NY to study Japanese in Japan, and now coming to Korea to teach English, I become more and more appreciative or my former teachers, and acknowledge those who can speak and/or teach foreign languages – especially as a foreign language in a foreign country!