I'm a just-out-of-undergrad English teacher in Korea. At university I studied Linguistics and really developed by passion for languages, avidly studying Japanese, Latin and Korean throughout my UG career.
However, nearly 6 months into living in Korea, I feel as though I have completely regressed in my knowledge of every single language I have learned. I feel as though I cannot progress without the structured classroom environment.
So I pose to you some questions:
1. After losing the classroom form, how do you continue to study? In both issues of technique and motivation.
2. While living in Korea and having all these native speakers around me, I feel like this is the time I should be able to learn Korean at a massive rate. But that is hardly the case for me as of late. To those who have lived in the country where their target language is spoken, what ways do you suggest to grab hold this immersion opportunity available to me?
Also, not only am I lacking the structure of a classroom I use as a crutch for my language learning, I also am quite introverted and am a much better listener than speaker. And added to all of that, I have an intermittent stutter that makes me even more hesitant to speak to people in a language I'm not confident in. (the tension of the lack of confidence it makes the stuttering more frequent, thus making me feel as if I'm wasting people's time with such glaring interruptions in a simple and normally fluid conversation)
So... question 3: Does anyone have/had a similar situation to mine? How did you overcome it?
Thanks for any help/advice you can give!