by GetEnglishLessons on 16/02/12 at 10:15 am
Looking to ‘do something totally random and out of character’, recent graduate Jonathan Last took his lack of classroom experience and wariness about children onto a plane heading for Sanbon, South Korea and into a job teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL).
His year turned out to be a fascinating, honest insight into a diverse worldwide industry of countless personalities and cultures. His sometimes fun, sometimes painful, frequently hilarious journey required him to think on his feet and learn fast – not least about himself.
Author: Jonathan Last
“I began writing from a young age, mostly stories that I would illustrate to make comic strips that were heavily influenced by Calvin and Hobbes and Peanuts. When I got into my teens, I became less interested in drawing and just focused on prose, and at seventeen one of my short stories got me onto the prestigious Creative Writing BA at East Anglia University. I had the idea of writing a book about teaching English in another country at around the same time as I was itching to travel and try something new after a couple of years working in trade journalism. I only ever viewed the experience as a one-off, but found myself really enjoying it and am now Head of English at a Higher Education college in London. But writing remains my real passion.”
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK
‘YOU LIKE CHILDREN?’ That was the first question. Easy. ‘Yes, I love children.’ The second question was a bit more challenging. ‘You have experience with children?’I looked around. Crammed onto the same bus I took every day, where small, bickering creatures in tatty uniforms made my journey even more unpleasant than it had to be. I cupped my phone away from the noise.‘Yes, lots of experience.’ I waited for follow-up questions, but they never came. Instead, Soon-yi, the Korean lady who was to be my supervisor, passed the phone back to Sam Kim, the Korean man who was my recruitment agent, and that was that. I was to arrive in South Korea on 10th January to work as a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teacher on a one year contract.And I loved children.
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