Our second program of the year is the Intensive Course (IC), which is very similar to our first program, AIC. There are a few differences: the students’ ages and English levels (they are 1-2 years younger); classes offered (the same but with additional Situation Classes: Clinic, Restaurant, Hollywood Studio, etc.); and this year we had two sessions back to back, meaning we did this program for four weeks.
I enjoy IC because the Situation Classes help break up the intense core classes. Also, I only had a homeroom for the first IC session, meaning I had more free time during the second session (though I had some responsibilities that homeroom teachers don’t have, such as hosting more activities and grading student journals).
I also have to remember that this is the first intensive program most of these students have had, so I need to be more conscious of how quickly I speak or how I explain things. We also have to adjust our lessons for the age difference between AIC and IC students. Overall, the students are pretty successful, but it really does depend on their efforts and if they chose to be here vs. their teacher/parents forcing them to attend.
We won’t have another IC program until next January, so this may be my last one EVER! This was also the last program before the new school year, which begins in March in Korea. We got a break for two weeks, then started a new program and new school year in early March. Spring is always very interesting in Korean schools—you’ll see why in the upcoming weeks.
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