English with the Boyz

English with the Boyz

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Everybody that helped teach the 부평고 students at IFTC. What a great group of students and teachers!

I dare to say that last week was one  of the best weeks in Korea. It was also one of the most fun camps I have ever taught. Originally, I signed up not knowing what I was getting myself into teaching at an all boys high school camp. But, it turned out to be awesome!

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English camp security check.
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A little blurry, but we look tougher here.

We first had a glimpse of our students at immigration where we were able to interrogate them and check their bags.

“Why are you here?”

” Do you have any cigarettes? Alcohol? Bombs?”

“Do you like English?”

“Do you have a girlfriend?”

Listening to what they had to say was a lot of fun. And I give my fellow co-teachers credit for really getting into their roles as well. I think we did a great impersonation of immigration.

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The boyz in my homeroom class. I really loved these guys.

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The camp was pretty jam-packed with activities. I really enjoyed the olympic games, amazing race, and talent show. It was a lot of fun participating and enjoying time with the students.

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My boys won 5th place.
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During the Amazing Race. They had to ask my what my hobby was.
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I was in charge of class 3 during the Amazing Race.

I was nearly exhausted and had a few epic failure moments, but hey that’s life. During the olympic games it would have to be when I dropped my tennis ball and had to do 5 push ups. I looked like a fish flopping out of water. I suck at push ups, but it was nice to hear my boys cheer me on and say I did a good job.

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The IFTC's cat.
The IFTC’s cat.

Preparing for the talent show was a lot of fun.  Originally, we were going to dance to ‘Single Ladies,’ but the dance was a bit difficult. So we decided to let ‘Single Ladies,’ be our highlight. We created a medley and the students came up with most of the dance moves.

My funky ladies before performing.
My funky ladies before performing.

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My ‘Funky Ladies’ did an amazing job!! It was a lot of fun and my thighs were on fire all weekend! Watching my class cross dress as women was hysterical and they did a great job performing. So did all of the other classes as well~!  It was such a blast watching all of the classes perform on stage.

I performed a solo part dancing.
I performed a solo part dancing.
We ended with a duet, "Marry You," by Burno Mars.
We ended with a duet, “Marry You,” by Burno Mars.

During the whole camp I was able to work with every class, but class 1. They all had their own special quirks about them  that I loved teaching them. Some classes were super quiet, others wanted vouchers, others were really fun and participated a lot. It was great to work with such a nice diverse group of individuals.

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Everyone got up and danced at the end of the Talent Show.

Towards the end of the camp as a job well-done to our students we all decided to pitch in and by our homerooms pizza. The kids were really happy about it and it was a complete surprise for them!

Class 4 and Class 5 eating together.
Class 4 and Class 5 eating together.

As for my home room, I had a blast with them. They were a little quiet the first day with me, but they definitely showed their personalities as the days went on. I had a blast working with them and spending time eating our meals and snacks together. I loved how no one looked awake, while they were eating breakfast. It was really cute.  I was really sad to say goodbye to them during the closing ceremony. They are so cute and fun, that I’m really going to miss teaching them. It was a blast taking the subway back together  and just chatting the whole way. We have a meet up in two weeks and I’m really excited to see them.

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I miss my boyz from this camp.

I’m really glad I was able to have this experience to work with high school boys. They were a blast and reminded me of how much I miss teaching older kids. Take care kiddos~!

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View from the IFTC grounds. We had great weather.
The fabulous teachers who I worked with at the camp.
The fabulous teachers who I worked with at the camp.

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