Author Archives: Noisy Gong

Life’s a Lap

I’m no longer posting on KSC; but I’m blathering on about theology and politics at Life’s a Lap. Advertisements

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Teaching Boys; or, “I’m Glad It’s Thursday Afternoon.”

This past week has, undoubtedly, been the most exhausting, most infuriating week teaching in Korea. The students have been extraordinarily rowdy, disrespectful, and refuse to listen, even to the Korean teachers when they speak Korean. We’ve had fights, kids crying, … Continue reading

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On Futurism & (Less Than) Scientific Trend-iness

Yesterday, a friend of mine linked me an article on the Civil War over at It was good–really good. And I have to admit I was surprised. For whatever reason, I assumed that Time was a wishy-washy magazine full … Continue reading

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English as a Developing Lingua Franca

I’m currently employed as an English teacher. My main job is simply to speak in my native tongue, to accustom my students to spoken English. I make lesson plans, but they’re relatively simple. I don’t grade papers or give out … Continue reading

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Pictures of a Night Scene

I’ve mentioned the unique architecture of steeples here in Korea, but I haven’t talked yet about what happens with the steeples at night. Most Protestant churches are outfitted with bright red neon lights that outline the crosses atop their steeples, … Continue reading

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Language Acquisition, A Response to “Ask A Korean”

It’s probably a bit early to be posting responses to other blogs, seeing as I’ve been posting here for about 10 days, but my thoughts on “Ask A Korean”s post on learning a foreign language have been stewing for a … Continue reading

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From Korea to Wisconsin (With Love)

Of course I leave for South Korea right before things start to get interesting in my home country. A broad consensus seems to be developing among working- and middle-class folks in Wisconsin that busting unions isn’t the way to solve … Continue reading

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