I’ve been teaching in Korea since November with ChungDahm's April Busanjin Branch in Busan. To get a better idea of how ChungDahm operates, one the first things you should know is that there are four seasonal teaching terms: fall, winter, spring, and summer. The majority of time our teaching timetable remains stable and students are enrolled in a certain level for two terms before taking an achievement to see if they will level-up or repeat the current level. The levels for the April program in order from beginner to most advanced are: Starter, Seedbed, Seed 1, 2 , Sprout 1-3, and Sapling 1,2. However, during the summer and winter months, the kids have breaks from their regular school classes…so it would be super distressing if they had to continue going to normal English academy classes during vacation time! Still though, to learn English or any language, one needs to be habitual in their practice. Enter: Winter and Summer Hybrid Schedules.
For our summer 2017 Hybrid program, I taught Seedbed 1, Seed 1, and Seed 2 levels. So, the ages ranged from about 7 years old to 10 years old. We had a ton of fun! My Seedbed 1 class performed ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?’ and each student chose a different animal. My Seed 1 class performed a story called “The Twelve Animals,” which is about a hungry dragon who wants to eat the other animal-inhabitants of the world. Luckily, the other animals teach Dragon about sharing the world with your friends instead of eating everyone. And lastly, my Seed 2 students hands-down had the best songs and performed an abridged version of “The Lion King.” They had so much fun with the dances and characters and the parents also really got into it. Who doesn’t like ‘Hakuna Matata!?”
All in all, Summer Hybrid was a huge success and the students and teachers alike enjoy the time well-spent learning English and having fun. Now that the fall term is starting, I will be teaching the same children for the next three months. I teach certain classes/levels of students on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule and other students on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Instead of teaching songs and plays, we’ve resumed regular classes wherein we teach English from ready-prepared online programs. But one of the most significant differences between Hybrid and regular terms: the time. Instead of coming to work at 9am in the morning, we get to sleep in and arrive at 1:00pm…can’t complain about that! Be on the lookout for Marc's blog later this week where he writes about how to prepare for a new term.
Linda Gaida was raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina and graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2016 with a degree in Romance Languages. While passionate about environmental studies and conservation, her interests now lean towards education! Her curiosities and studies have taken her to Romania, Portugal, Peru, India, and now South Korea, where she works as an English teacher for ChungDahm Learning in Busan. Deciding to teach abroad was an easy decision to make for Linda: while she gets to experience a culture foreign to her own, she is able to benefit the global society by teaching children English and helping them pursue their own ambitions. Linda is also interested in yoga, climbing, hiking, backpacking (anything involving movement), cooking and writing poetry.