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Jacksboro Elementary hosts Korean teaching intern

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By Charlotte Underwood

*Jacksboro Elementary hosts Korean teaching intern.docJacksboro Elementary hosts Korean teaching intern

By CHARLOTTE UNDERWOOD

charlotte@lafollettepress.com

Jacksboro Elementary School (JES) is broadening the horizons of its students by hosting a teaching intern from South Korea.

Through part of an international intern program, Seung Il Seok will be teaching JES students about his homeland.

“We’re thrilled to have him here.  It gives the students a perspective of a global community and not just a county community,” said JES Principal Lynn Ray.

“We’re excited for them to learn about other places,” continued Ray.

Seok is participating in the internship as part of his teaching degree.  His dream is to be an English teacher to children in Korea.

“I want to make a bridge between Korean children and American children; to bridge the culture gap,” said Seok.  

He will be teaching at JES until May when his internship ends.

“I hope to learn as much language and expressions as I can while here,” Seok said.

Though only 23-years-old, Seok is in his fourth year of college. He has also completed the mandatory two years of military service, which is required of all Korean males.

 There are other major differences between the U.S and Seok’s home country, he said.

Tradition is very important in Korea, according to Seok.

The biggest culture shock for Seok was the attitude of children towards elders and parents.

“I know it is what is common here in America, but it is very different in Korea,” said Seok, explaining that Korean children have the utmost respect for their parents and elders.

“I think we lose some kind of respectful manner in current days in this society,” said Seok, as he double-checked his electronic dictionary to make sure he had the correct words.

Traditional Korean culture is part of his teaching curriculum and he said he hopes to impart some of that traditional respect on to his students.

Other than traditional Korean culture, Seok also will be teaching the students how to speak and write the language.  He even brought special Korean ink and brushes for the children to write with.

Seok will also teach traditional children’s games, songs and dances.

“It should all be something fun and new for the children to learn,” Seok said.

Seok said he misses Korean food as well.

“I really enjoy the hamburgers and sandwiches, but I miss the hot and spicy food,” said Seok.

Ray hopes to share some of the culture by having Seok visit other schools.

“If other schools are interested just contact us here at JES, “said Ray.

“I think it is important that cultures should make an effort to understand each other,” said Seok.

“My main objective of being here is to show the children that the world is wide; I want them to have some experience through me,” Seok said.