Hey, guys! Long time no post, I know. I don’t even have an excuse. I had plenty of time over the past month, but I’ve been feeling lazy. 😛
Today I finally felt like writing a quick post detailing some of my future plans for the next several years.
In about a month I’ll be heading to graduate school to pursue a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Since I’ve always found linguistics and language acquisition fascinating, I’m really excited to finally take a couple of actual courses in those fields, and hopefully I’ll be able to transcribe some of the cool things I learn into blog posts here.
As a graduate student, I’ll also be responsible for assistant teaching some English Composition courses for non-native speakers. It feels a little scary to be thrown into helping teach these courses before I have much training, but I’m sure the main teacher will help me learn the ropes. Also, since I have an education background through my Bachelor’s, hopefully that will help a little as well, although teaching math and teaching how to write a good essay in English are two different beasts entirely.
There’s also an English Language Institute on campus, which I hopefully will be able to help out with at some point of my two-year program. We shall see.
After the two years of graduate school, my current plan is to head to South Korea for a couple of years to teach English — assuming, of course, that North Korea doesn’t go completely mad and start shooting missiles at people in the meantime. Fingers crossed!
In the meantime, I am still meandering through the summer trying to cram as much Korean-learning into my days as possible. There were a couple of weeks where my motivation was practically non-existant (The French Open and Wimbledon were on TV, what can I say? I ❤ tennis), but I’m back on track now. More updates on my learning progress shall be posted in the near future. Probably. 😀