HAHA! - Well, this is embarrassing! We haven't been asked any questions yet!
In the mean time, until we actually get some questions rolling in, we'll post a few we dreamed up.
What are your plans for 2018?
Well, the phonics section is completed for the time being, so we're going to focus on filling out our library of grammar worksheets. We remember how valuable those can be. Moving on from there, the literacy and speaking materials are all planned out, but are really time intensive. We really want to get feedback on them and tailor them according to our users' ideas and input as we go, so those will begin to trickle out slowly over the next few months until we get a good idea of what is working and what isn't. Members can expect one or two full lessons each week this fall.
What else do you have planned?
We've been working on a Simple Writing series that we're really excited about. We're still tweaking that, but look for it in winter or early next year.
We're always dreaming up all kinds of little things, but these ideas are mostly centered around helping new comers find resources to aid them in learning the Korean language for everyday survival purposes; things like using the washing machine or thermostat, or visiting the bank. We realize there are already a ton of materials out there like this, and plan on doing some blogging on that.
Again, there's this idea that we want to cut down on the searching and sifting through the myriad of materials on the internet. That being said, it's also just for fun. We enjoy being creative and making useful things, and that's really how this whole thing started. We know we can't be or make everything for everybody, but we can share our knowledge and experience in a fun and interesting way. We'd be thrilled if even one person finds it useful!
How are your materials different from others'?
For starters, we're creating materials that work in conjunction with a multimedia component. Visual aids are incredibly important, but making flash cards or presentations isn't really practical these days. It consumes a lot of time as well as resources. Let's say you have five classes. You've got enough materials stowed away to get through two of them, but you know you need something more, or different even, for the others. - What do you do? Which class do you spend your precious prep time on? Which classes get left behind? - It's a no win situation some days. Luckily, South Korea is really paving the way as far as multimedia classroom technology is concerned. Most classrooms have some combination of equipment that makes displaying multimedia quite easy. Again, it's a matter of the teachers having the time to put things together. We're really trying to address that problem. That'd be the first difference.
Another thing we're trying to provide is flexibility. There are no "one size fits all" lessons or worksheets. For example, you might have three classes each week that are studying the same material. The students are all the same age, they come in at the same period on their respective days, and they go to the same school. In almost every respect they are the same, except that their skill levels, demeanors, and proclivities vary wildly. This can present quite a challenge when you are planning your lessons. We've kept this in mind while working on our materials. We're trying to include a lot of extras and optional activities so that teachers can tailor their lessons to better suit the needs of each class.
Looks like you guys have worked pretty hard!
How about we go get some chi-mek?
Are you a psychic?.... Seriously this is weird. - Ok. Let's go!
Yangnyum, Honey Garlic, or Curry Queen?
All three. Your treat. Seriously - Let's go! Let's invite Chef Ramsay! Maybe we'll get some free Cass!