Teaching => Theory and Practice => Topic started by: Aurata on January 11, 2017, 10:56:06 PM
The other day I quizzed my middle school class on some basic geography.
To my surprise, none of them could recognize the flags of France, England, or Mexico.
Only one of them knew the capital city of Germany.
The only foreign currency they knew of was the dollar.
I guess geography has fallen in importance since I was at school but still...I could name most flags of the world by the age of ten.
thats good for you. why dont you teach them that stuff then.
I have a conversation class with filing in the blanks with that kind of stuff. I think it was from a middle school textbook a while back. I added in greetings, countries and capitals.
Hi, how do you say hello in your country?
We say 'bonjour'.
Ah, you're from France, right?
The capital city is Paris, right?
etc etc etc
Chucked in China, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Spain and a load of quite easy countries etc. Went through the PPT first. Conversation. Then if time, on a blank map trying to locate the countries.
Koreans exist in a little bubble where they think that Korea is the only country in the world. They aren't concerned with anything that is not in their precious country. I understand that every country's citizens has that 'countryman' pride and its easy to forget about the rest of the world, but I think Korea is something special. They know nothing beyond Korea. Not only the kids, the adults here as well. Their ignorance is appalling to me.