31.10.2009 - 31.10.2009 26 °C
We did it we're glad to say! We climbed the highest mountain in South Korea ! and it was well worth it ! During the first five kilometres there's a trail through thick forest. The air is very clean and pungent with the smell of pine so pungent you could almost eat it !
On the way up through the forest we spotted male and female roe deer and fawns only two metres away !
We got some great photographs not only of the deer but also all those lovely autumnal red and yellow leaves. Brilliant ! For our picnic we had French pate sandwiches. We got the pate from the French tourists who had come earlier in the week and given them to Barbara in exchange for her services as a guide. Delicious !
Onto other news I'm currently organising a Uk exhibition that'll take place on the 31st October. Other exhibition tents at the Halla sports complex where it'll be held will be there exhibiting things quintessentially American, Canadian, South African, Australian. I was chosen as the leader by the other teacher like myself here to organise the event and it's going well. We're going to have eight activities : Uk drawing, cardboard cut out of a double-decker with holes for student faces so they can have their photo taken, Uk multiple choice quiz played SNAP ! card game style prepared by me, a darts corner , penalty shoot out tea and biscuits and cricket. For the latter I've contacted the Korea Cricket Assocation (KCA) whose existence I've just learned about and they've decided to send a representative to introduce cricket to all the students who will come. I'm proud I've managed to make all this happen and I'm sure it'll look good on my C.V. I'm really looking forward to the event we might even play some cricket a game I love and haven't played for ages. I might even be able to help the KCA in their quest to promote cricket in Korea which would be great ! I'd love to be able to play cricket with my students every now and again. I hope it'll take off !
And take it off it did:
Another recent success is that the British Council in conjunction with the BBC have made me "Guest Teacher" on the British Council website. Since I arrived in Jeju I've been writing about my English teaching experiences here in Jeju on the British Council website and the website programmer asked if I wanted to be "Guest teacher" for three weeks and I accepted the offer so now I'm on the British Council website next to "Guest Writer". Already I've been receiving some interetsing feedback from readers of my blog which is helping my teaching leaps and bounds. If you click on the following you can be linked to it. http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/en/blogs/profmortimer.