About two weeks ago, the office of education contacted my fellow teachers and me re: contract renewal. Ah, to stay in Korea or not? My conclusion: if I’m to stay in this country, it will not be to teach. Nay, I will remain only under the condition that I can design children’s English notebooks.
You see dear reader, having students who care nothing for their worldly possessions means I’m usually left with all their school supplies after a week of classes. Pencils, erasers – these things are no different then what you see back home. But the notebooks? They are things of wonder. They are rife with this nation’s best Konglish. (Konglish = Unintended Hilarity) And since I’m weird, I’ve studied these notebooks plenty. Over the course of my intense research, I’ve decoded the key to a successful English notebook cover.
A) At least 3 unrelated stock images: Train, teddy bears, animated stop light.
B) Something must be smiling: Check out that train. It’s even got eyebrows!
C) English Splatter: Behold this detail:
D) Display of affection: “Let’s go together!”
So…am I hired?