Classroom Rules Not Necessary for University English Classes? Think Again!
Classroom rules are very necessary in a conversational English class in a Korean university. Now, I didn’t think they would be my first semester teaching in a Korean uni, but I was oh so wrong. I’ve never made that mistake again!
Just picture yourself…way back…high-school…further…middle school? Ah, yes, welcome to freshman English class in Korea! Maturity levels are pretty low since most Korean students have only been studying, basically since they were 10 years old or so. Throw into the mix all the students from single-sex high middle and high schools, and, well, you have the picture.
Without rules, it can be total chaos. Students walking in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 14, 18, 35, 46 minutes late, disrupting the entire class, every single time. Half the students without books. Sleeping or chatting in the back of the class. Well, you get the picture and it isn’t pretty.
Classroom Rules for University Students in Korea
These very basic classroom rules for university students in Korea ensure a happy, stress-free year for me (and quite possibly the students too, since they know what to expect).
Book! No book=absent. You can stay in class, but you will not get your attendance points.
Listen. To me and the other students. If someone else is talking, you should be listening carefully.
Cell-phone. I want a new cell-phone because mine is cheap and old. Yours is probably nice and new and expensive. So if I hear or see yours, I’ll be very happy. Get it? (of course, they can use it for a dictionary or to find information on the Internet).
Time. For 10 minutes, I’m a very kind teacher and you’re just late. At 11 minutes, I’m a mean teacher and you’re absent. Run if you have to. Come to school early when you have my class in the morning. I understand that there’s traffic, but it’s not terrible to get to school 20 minutes early and relax or grab a coffee!
Name-tag. You are young and your memory is good. I’m old and my memory is not so great, so please help me to remember your names with a name-tag.
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