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2828 The first, is that as NETs we are mostly responsible for teaching listening and speaking through communicative means. As such, adapting our materials and lesson delivery to be amenable to the online format was quite a challenge. Something like reading or writing would have been much simpler to adjust to the online format. Another factor that played into this was that we do not really assign homework as NETs or have access to grading our students on a consistent level, so there was no way we could really give assignments to our students and ensure that they did them. I know I spent hours and hours on each single 45-minute online lesson, and many of my students never even bothered to watch it because there was no motivation to do so. Interviewer: What do you do in your spare time, if spare time is something that you actually have? Jonathan: Not yet a family man, I certainly have some spare time once I clock out for the day. Usually, I do some light exercise in my home, go for walks, eat delicious food, watch Netflix or YouTube, play some video games, read books, practice Korean, or go hiking. I actually live really close to Mudeung Mountain, which is something I am thankful for almost every day. Hiking in Korea is really a ▲ Jonathan’s daily walking course near the foot of Mudeung Mountain. blessing. I think the availability of it is just wonderful. At home in the US, I would have to drive quite a way to get Experience Center. I could really go on. I do a little bit of an actual hiking experience. everything. Literally anything that concerns our NETs I am involved with on some level. This is actually the reason Interviewer: Though I have been here in Korea since before why I think being in a program like ours with a full-time EPIK was established, I have learned a lot about it – and GET program manager is so beneficial. The teachers are about you – through this interview. Thank you, Jonathan! never really alone. Interviewer: How big is Gwangju’s GET program, and Interviewed by David Shaffer. has it been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? Photograph and graphics courtesy of Jonathan Moffett. 2 Jonathan: Currently, we have 82 teachers – though we The Interviewer 2 used to be much bigger. Surprisingly, the pandemic has David Shaffer has been involved in TEFL and done little to affect our numbers because, if anything, it teacher training in Gwangju for many years. As y 20has made our retention rates much higher. Now, that is just vice-president of the Gwangju-Jeonnam Chapter of KOTESOL, he invites you to participate in the numbers! The actual experience of being a teacher during chapter’s teacher development workshops (now the pandemic has certainly been variable for everyone. I online) and in KOTESOL activities in general. He ebruardo not know who has not been at least somewhat affected is a past president of KOTESOL and is currently F by the pandemic. What I am thankful for, though, is that the editor-in-chief of the Gwangju News. we have pretty great job security during the course of our GWANGJU-JEONNAM KOTESOL contracts. I was never worried about losing my job during UPCOMING EVENTS the contract period while teaching. Interviewer: How difficult was it for GET program Check the Chapter’s webpages and Facebook group teachers to suddenly adjust to teaching in a pandemic? periodically for updates on chapter events and other online KOTESOL activities. Jonathan: When the pandemic first began, I was still For full event details: teaching, so I can answer this from a personal perspective. Website: http://koreatesol.org/gwangju I think it was really difficult for a couple of reasons. Facebook: Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL www.gwangjunewsgic.com 202202.indd 28202202.indd 28 2022-01-24  1:25:252022-01-24  1:25:25

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