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Petro-what?

In all of my classes this week, I’ve introduced myself and told them a little about my family, my hobbies and Chicago. After telling them about Chicago, I ask them to write what they know about Ulsan. It’s helped me get to know things that Ulsan is famous for. Here’s an aggregated list of the most popular choices:

  1. Hyundai car factory
  2. Hyundai ship factory
  3. Whale museum
  4. Kim Tae Hee (actress)
  5. Tae Hwa river
  6. Ulsan Pear
  7. Onyang Beef
  8. Earthenware
  9. Bamboo forest
  10. 12 scenic sites

The complexity of their answers depended on the class’ level of proficiency in English. For example, my advanced classes would write, “Ulsan is famous Hyundai car factory.” My intermediate might write “Ulsan is Hyundai car,” or just “Hyundai car.” My beginner classes would write partially in English, partially in Korean, or simply draw it.

I’d done this drill about 15 times with my various classes, and pretty much knew what to expect. Then, yesterday morning, I had one of my lower-intermediate classes. We got to this part of the lesson, and while they were working, I walked around to monitor their answers and offer help as needed. I stopped at table towards the back of the class to look at their answers. It was a pretty typical list:

  • Car
  • Ship
  • Kim Tae Hee
  • Petroglyph
  • Pear
  • Beef

B’scuse me? This is my one of my lower-intermediate classes. Petroglyph? I was flabbergasted. I wonder how many kids her age in the States know what a petroglyph is.

As it turns out, Ulsan is known for the Bangudae petroglyphs. I don’t know much about them other than that, but I’m definitely adding them to the list of things I’d like to check out when Sara and I get a free weekend.

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