Sitting above the Green Elephant, Part 2

This is an account of my experience teaching English as a Foreign Language at Dongguk University, the Buddhist university in Seoul, and producing textbooks for my classes.

At the beginning of each term, I had the students bring in photos to class and glue them to 4 x 6-inch index cards containing their names, ID numbers and contact information. When class started with the student desk-chairs arranged in a semi-circle.  I sat at the same level in front of them. In Korea in 1989, this was radically new. Most of the professors stood on a podium behind a lectern and … Read More

The Eye Thing

When I went to the States this summer, I took along three pairs of reading glasses and a pair of distance glasses. One pair of reading glasses apparently fell through a hole in my coat pocket in an airport. Another one went missing shortly after I got back to Quezon City. My only remaining pair had a scratched lens. All this turned out to be very fortunate, because it forced me to get at least one replacement. So in mid-September I went to an optician in the shopping center on the University of the Philippines campus. During the examination, she … Read More