Adjusting to a new home, new school, new classes

Every semester I have to adjust to new classes, but this semster I also have a new home and a new school. As some of you know, I’m no longer a teacher trainer with SMU-TESOL. I now teach at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

It’s a big change from teaching graduate level SLA and practicum courses to teaching English conversation, composition, and debate. The students seem a little more nervous and hesitant which makes me realize that if I push my undergrads as hard as I pushed my teacher trainees, I might do more harm than good.

Still, the classes I’ve met in this first week of school have impressed me. I’d be lying if I said the students seem as excited as I am, but they do have positive attitudes. I can tell that they are happy to be where they are. That’s at least one thing we have in common!

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