First and foremost, it's been a really great way to learn how to teach ESL. Each day, we've had great lectures on everything from how to plan a lesson, to how to work with co-teachers, to how to do a great power point presentation & game. I've found it all immensely interesting and informative. (I certainly hope that I feel the same way in the coming weeks!) Some teachers at the orientation have already been here teaching in their schools for a few weeks, but for whatever reason or another were only able to do the orientation now. That means they went into their teaching jobs without any formal instruction from the Korean government. It's all sink or swim. I feel grateful that I am not in their shoes.
But all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and so our long days of lectures are sporadically mixed with a bit of fun. We got to watch a group of professional taekwondo-ers do some pretty amazing jumps, kicks and board breaks. On tuesday, we got to try our hand at the same thing, although to a far less spectacular fashion.
***As a side note to Dan, Taekwondo means: "Tae" bottom half (kicking, jumping, running), "Kwon" top half (punching, striking), "do" philosophy of martial arts, a balance. Homework complete!***