Changnyeong English Village

Finishing Up at CEV

CEV is an English Village, where students come to be taught in an immersion program. There are 8 teachers, from various countries and we teach different students every week as part of the ‘camp’. It is an English only environment where the students visit a variety of simulation rooms such as Post Office, Bank, Hospital, Shop, Airport, Hotel and Restaurant as well as practice conservation in English. There are also other fun rooms such as Science, Art, Language Laboratory and Movie Theatre. We teach primarily students from the age of 9-15 years old. On occasion we teach Kindergarten and twice a year we have a hagwon style class in the evenings where the same students return everyday.

Kindergarten Time…(oh no!)

Is it that time  already? Here at CEV we teach kindergarten students twice a year. It is only for two days, four lessons in total but it always takes it’s toll! I had twelve students in my class, all aged five (Korean age) with no co-teacher! Our classroom and the supplies we have at CEV do not cater for the little darlings so EVERYTHING that is not glued down will get pulled, ripped snapped, broken and chewed. The desks and chairs we have are humongous, getting them to stay in their seats for more than ten minutes is a miracle. Overall I do look forward to teaching the sweet and not so sweet little kindergartners but I also look forward to it ending!!! :)

Teacher’s Workshop Trip- Gyeongju

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On Tuesday and Wednesday our bosses took the teachers from our school on a staff workshop trip. It was teacher’s day on Wednesday so it is common for employers and employees at schools to celebrate it together. This year we got taken to Gyeongju. All of the teachers have to write a report to show our appreciation to the governor, as he is the one who funds these trips! So here is David’s and my report…


Working Hard or Hardly Working?!

Book Making

Once a year the teachers at CEV have to make a text book to use at the school. This year we had to make two completely different books. One for beginner students and one for advanced students. Each book had to contain around 100 pages. It was a difficult task as we didn’t have much allocated time to complete them, but we managed to meet the deadline just about! As CEV has many simulation rooms the topics in the text books centred around them. Every teacher concentrated on one or two topics. This involved making a cover page for each topic, this was probably the only fun part about making the entire book!

Community Voluntary Projects

This week at CEV it has not been a regular English Camp schedule.  On Monday and Tuesday we taught kindergarten students for two forty minute periods. It was a little crazy but a lot of fun. I wasn’t really sure what I was doing but I really enjoyed myself. The students are really cute. They didn’t understand the fact I couldn’t understand them speaking Korean. They knew many English nursery rhymes so I spent the lessons singing and dancing with them!

We  spent the remainder of our working week taking part in a variety of community voluntary projects. On Wednesday all of the foreign and Korean staff from CEV went to a  rehabilitation centre  to help out. The women assisted in the kitchen handing out lunch to the service users and the men washed the company vans. I think the women got a better deal as it was minus 4 degrees  outside!

Evening Class

It’s that time of year were I teach evening class. This is an extra class addition to English Camp. I teach nine pupils for one hour, 7.20-8.20 pm and I teach the same students for six weeks. It’s a nice change because when I teach in the day at English Camp I teach different students every week and I never become familiar with any of them. In Evening Class I am able to get to know them a little more, which is nice. Also in Evening Class we don’t have a set curriculum so I get to teach whatever I want. This is much more interesting. As it is October I have been able to incorporate Halloween into my lessons. It has been so much fun!


Workshop Trip to Andong

Twice a year the school owners take all of their staff on a workshop trip. This is an overnight sightseeing trip AND it is all expenses paid. This trip we went to Andong. Andong is in Gyeongsangbuk province with a population of 170.000. I have been wanting to visit Andong since my first year in Korea but I never got around to going, so it was really nice to finally visit. In 1999 Queen Elizabeth visited Andong on her 73rd birthday. This is another reason why I was interested in visiting. I went to a mini museum that had an exhibition and it was dedicated to her historic visit!

When our bosses take their staff on a workshop they ask us to write a report to show our appreciation and to share our impressions. Naturally we exaggerate our experience to ensure they understand how grateful we are for this culture trip.

Here is our report…..

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