Monday, December 04, 2006

warming them cockles

Always nice to receive emails from students, such as the following from a Level 3 conversation student:

First of all, I am so [sorry] our class was over.ㅠ.ㅠ

I had had a great time with you during this semester!

You already knew that, right?? ^ ^

You are the best English teacher to me.

I always appreciate you to help me improve my English.

I would like to keep in touch with you.

Also, thank you for your kindness!

I could not decide what I going to do about studying English aboad.

Until now, I am confused. ㅠ.ㅠ

Therefore, your suggestion would be helpful to me.

I really want to talk about that with you!

Thank you again.

oh! I have stayed at my friend's house for a few days.

That is the why I could not send photoes to you.

My usb is not here.

I am sorry, Kevin.

I will send photoes when I come back my home !

Maybe, I will go today or tomorrow!

Have a good weekend! ^ ㅡ^

It is said that Stephen King is the master of the "one-sentence paragraph," but Koreans also seem to prefer that format when emailing. Some of the Korean-language emails I've received have been formatted the same way. I wonder whether it's a generational thing, because if I'm not mistaken, emails and message board postings by older people tend to feature more or less standard paragraphs.

Anyway, it's always a pleasure to receive little messages like this. Another student gave me a handwritten thank-you letter, and my colleagues have all received plenty of letters and cards and candies as signs of student appreciation. As I've mentioned before, it was rare for a student to thank me for anything back when I was teaching French in America. Korea might not be the mythical, teacher-venerating paradise we naive folks thought it was, but students here do, at least, acknowledge that their teachers exist. Not a bad way to begin a new day.

UPDATE: Just to avoid scandalous misconstruals, I should note that the student's mention of "sending photos" refers to digipics of the class taken during our fondue/spaghetti party.


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