Lecturing in Korean

For the first time ever, I lectured in Korean this week.  Of course I’ve used a bit of Korean here and there while teaching English, but this time I actually gave a prepared lecture in Korean, lasting about 30 or 40 minutes until the class ended.

The occasion for this was a class I’ve been teaching this semester, 외국어학습법.   Basically, the class is about how to learn a second language, and become an autonomous learner in doing so.  It’s a lot of fun, but there are 50 students in the class, and I don’t really have enough time to make sure everyone is included in class discussion, and make sure everyone is comprehending the lectures.  Since the students greatly range in proficiency, some of them seem to be struggling with the topics.  This week was the last week before the midterm test, so I decided to do an overview lecture in Korean for the students who are having trouble.  The class is 2 hours long, so I spent the last part giving the Korean lecture.

It went well overall, though there were times when it was a bit hard to express my meaning.  I wish I’d recorded myself, so that I could review how I did.  I prepared for it well, but I have quite a fluid style of lecturing, adapting to the audience, asking questions a lot and reacting to their answers.  That makes it impossible for me to plan everything out in advance.  I’ll try to learn from the experience and improve the next time I have such an opportunity.

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