Korean Children Playing Soccer | Photo Essay

Korean Children Playing Soccer

I’ve spent several years teaching English in Korea and I’ve taught students ranging in age from 5 all the way up to 80.  Although it’s been a great experience covering such a wide range of ESL learners, I must admit I prefer teaching children.  Although behaviour and classroom management can be issues with this age group, the enthusiasm children generally show in the classroom makes teaching a pleasure at times.

After eating lunch at my Korean elementary school cafeteria, I noticed a group of boys playing soccer wearing.  The same enthusiasm some of them show in my classroom during an English was on display at the field.  I was fortunate enough to have my Sony Alpha dSLR on hand with me at the time.

I was joined later on by the principle who earlier in the day presented me with a gift of some traditional Korean rice cakes.  As we watched the children playing we both marvelled at their youthful enthusiasm on the field.  The following is a photo essay showcasing some candid shots of them playing football:

Photo Essay: Koreans playing soccer

This Korean boy turned out to be the most photogenic of the entire group. In this shot he's just made a header.

This Korean boy turned out to be the most photogenic of the entire group. In this shot he’s just made a header.

This is an action shot of the children kicking the ball around the school yard.

This is an action shot of the children kicking the ball around the school yard.

A Korean boy following through on a kick he had just made.

A Korean boy following through on a kick he had just made.

Capturing a candid moment during this action sequence.

Capturing a candid moment during this action sequence.

Two Korean boys compete for control over the soccer ball.

Two Korean boys compete for control over the soccer ball.

An action shot of a Korean student just about to kick the ball on net.

An action shot of a Korean student just about to kick the ball on net.

A couple of the boys posing after the game was over.

My students are often eager to have their photos taken, as was the case with these two boys.  I have a large collection of portraits of children from the schools I`ve taught at over the years.

An action shot of a Korean boy kicking the ball.

An action shot of a Korean boy kicking the ball.

A funny candid expression from a Korean student.

A funny candid expression from a Korean student.

A shot of a boy charging towards the ball just prior to striking it with his foot.

A shot of a boy charging towards the ball just prior to striking it with his foot.

This boy was warming up and stretching his legs.

This boy was warming up and stretching his legs.

Another action shot of a boy just about to kick the football.

Another action shot of a boy just about to kick the football.

A shot of one of my Korean students leaping.

A shot of one of my Korean students leaping.

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