Teaching in Korea

Starting a New Semester

I’ve been a little M.I.A. lately, but February and the beginning of March was a very busy time for SLP. Along with doing our classes, we spent a lot of time preparing for our English Festival, kindergarten graduation, the end of the semester, and getting ready for the new semester.

You may be asking, “What’s an English Festival, Leslie?” Well, it is basically a good way for our kindergarten students to showcase to their parents what they have been learning throughout the year. The students gave speeches (except for our third year students who performed a magic show), sang and danced to a song in English, gave a traditional Korean music performance and a taekwondo performance. You may be wondering what the last two have to do wkth English. They don’t. But, the children have music and gym class once a week. Again, the festival, which isn’t really a festival, is all about what they have learned.

The students all wore these really cute and quirky costumes. They are honestly things that you wouldn’t see a whole catalogue of in America. Here are my kids, minus one, in their first costume for their speeches and dance.

And here is their second outfit for their music performance.

All of the costumes are supposed to be worn without a shirt or stockings underneath, but 1) it was cold and 2) their outfits would have been a little too scandalous for a bunch of four and five year olds.

And here’s a cute picture of these brothers. ♡

I  was surprised that I had only one kid cry. They have been waiting since a little before 2 and the program started at 6 and ended at 8. The kids spent a lot of time playing with legos and practicing their speeches and dances. They also had a lot of fun taking pictures.

Here’s my Yellow J class practicing their choreography to Baby by Justin Bieber. I had to stay backstage, so I couldn’t record their actual performance.

They all did exceptionally well. But I did feel bad for my one student who started crying before they had to go on stage. He was tired and wanted to go home. I didn’t blame him. He cried during the speech and dance, so my co-teacher brought his older brother backstage to keep him conpany. I’m glad she did. He calmed down and stuck to him like glue.

But he did go out and do his music performance with his class. He did an amazing job like I thought he would. It was like he was a completely different kid from the one that everyone had seen only an hour before.

After the English Festival, we worked to get all of our students ready to graduate and move onto the next level. The younger kindergarten students were all presented certificates for completing the year.


For our eldest kindergarten students, we had a graduation ceremony that their parents could attend. I did almost cry while giving my speech during, because I was so proud of all that they have learned and accomplished. I couldn’t believe that the next time I saw them, they were going to be elementary students and no longer ny kinder babies.

My time with them had its ups and downs, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Now I am getting used to my new schedule and my new classes, both kindergarten, elementary and now middle school. I am still trying to remember everyone’s names, but that probably won’t happen until the end of the month. I miss my old students, but I still get to see majority of them everyday or at least every other day.

Here’s to the new and my last four months in Korea.



  1. I remember the English festivals. They called them something different at my school. For something that sounds like it should be fun though, the poor little kids are made to memorize and practice a lot.


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