The lectures at the today’s KOTESOL seminar in Nampo-dong, Busan was worthwhile and well attended. I am in charge of the attendance sheet, so I know that 21 people attended on a fine sunny afternoon in May. The atmosphere was friendly yet sober. One presenter talked about the history of education and the prevailing education ideologies in South Korea. The other talked lead an argument against the notion that learning is “fun.” These topics were well received and discussed in a pleasant atmosphere.
I have addressed the question as to whether learning is fun and argued that it can be fun and often, when it is fun, the learner learns a lot. It really depends how you define both “fun” and “learning,” does it not? There can be joy and pleasure in learning activities, though there is always labor involved in learning something well. A person with high motivation, however, has passion for the subject she or he is learning and does not find it as laborious perhaps as do others with less motivation, less love and drive for the same subject.
I talked to Chris, who will remain in his full capacity of Chapter President through June, coordinating the next Chapter monthly meeting and going to the national council meeting. That is fortunate for me with my travel plans in June. We decided that I would organize a more informal session with a roundtable of teachers on teaching tips.
I am an “ascending Chapter President”, who automatically steps into the shoes of President if a President vacates his office mid-term. We are talking to someone about being the Vice-President to replace me in my present capacity. It will take an election to officially welcome a Vice-President, although an election is not required for the “ascending President,” according to KOTESOL rules and regulations, so I am told.
Though the restaurant we always go to is somewhat expensive, I gave in and joined the gang because of my rising status in the group, and because some members I am on closer terms as friends with made an appearance today and I wanted to spend time with them. Also, Chris and Brad are leaving the Chapter this summer. It was a good time together. We drank a little wine with the buffet meal.
I found a new carry-on suitcase and toted it to the meeting. As some promotional mugs were passed on to me for me to look after and distribute, I wound up stuffing the new suitcase with a lot of mugs and pulling the thing along with us to the dinner, then all the way home.