COVID-19: Contactless activities in Korean Elementary EFL classes.

COVID-19 in Korea

It is undeniable that COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives and the working order of even the smallest things. Schools, in particular are sensitive spaces given the high concentration of people within an isolated area for an extended period of time. Precautions and modifications to school function is particularly important and teachers are challenged in finding new ways to conduct their classes.

The start of the new school year in Korea has been delayed for several months and things will in some ways return to “normal” in the coming weeks as rolling resumption of classes begin nationwide.

Various changes in schools related to teaching.

  • Smaller class sizes (some schools)
  • Seats separated at a mandated distance from each other
  • English rooms: No longer being used for English instruction to limit the movement of students, and therefore, possible exposure/spread of infections.
  • Regulations on pair/group activities: limits communicative teaching approaches.
  • Individual materials: No longer able to share supplies; i.e. markers, scissors, pens.
  • Masks: Unable to see students speaking techniques.

-Moving forward

While there are many challenges still ahead as we navigate this new normal, take some comfort in knowing you are not alone. This list is not meant to be exhaustive and you may find that in your classroom they may work best as warm up/review activities rather than drill/hard production. Here are a few activities that you may use in your classrooms that make learning English fun (trust me, we all need some fun during these wild times). Continue reading