Wednesday night, I dropped in on a TNKR class taught by one of our newest tutors. The class was from 6:40-8:40 pm, and it was definitely two hours of English! Sometimes when people read about TNKR, they may forget that the many tutors and coaches are VOLUNTEERS. They could be doing other things, such as making money engaging in private tutoring, meeting with friends, playing videos, or chit-chatting on social media. Instead, they are tutoring North Korean refugees or helping them in other ways.
Whereas many of the refugees welcome me to the classes, the young lady in the class the other day admitted she was nervous about me being there. It may be because there were two native speakers that she had to deal with at the same time. I prefer to think it is because I am such an impressive man that I took her breath her away. 🙂
But eventually she relaxed and even seemed to enjoy that I was also there. I do my best to attend as many classes as possible, although I am quite active and even busy some days.
A great thing about the classes is that the refugees start to realize, through practice, which things make sense and which things don’t. She wanted to read a book, but after reading it along with us, she began to realize it wasn’t interesting.
Stuart was correcting her pronunciation, helping her understand what she had read, then reviewing it together.
We have a constant issue in classes with tutors wanting to use Korean (even just simple phrases), but Stuart never did. Instead, he looked up photos on the Internet, drew pictures, or continued describing the word or context of the text until she understood.
The young lady said she was okay with me posting her photos, uncensored, but she is still new in the program so I will wait until later to do so.