Flat Stanley in Daegu, South Korea

Flat Stanley Comes to Daegu, South Korea

Tweet So late last week I got a video message from my nephew asking if I had received Flat Stanley yet. I had no idea what he was talking about. After a second message explaining a little more, I understood that it was something he made at school and sent to me. I thought that […]

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Teaching in South Korea: Job Types

Tweet There are different types of ESL teaching jobs in South Korea. They each have pros and cons, so let’s take a look at each of them. Private Academies (Hagwons) Private English academies are everywhere in South Korea. This is easily the most common job on the peninsula for expats. There are many different types […]

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It’s Term Test Time

Tweet So last week the kids were taking their term test to see who will advance to the next level. This is always a stressful time for the kids. They have a lot of pressure on them to level up by their parents and from themselves. But this semester they had the added pressure of […]

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Changes in Visa Requirements for Teaching in Korea

Tweet In the past few months Korean immigration has changed a few requirements for getting a visa to teach in Korea. How has this effect job hunters? It has made the process much longer. In late 2009 I was getting all of my documents in order to get a job teaching in Korea. The entire […]

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Why I Teach

Tweet Lately I have been a little frustrated.  I think it stems from a combination of things.  I am 9 weeks away from going home to see my family and friends.  I didn’t get my vacation at work and got a lame excuse when I asked for it.  Then after not getting my vacation, I […]

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A Day in the Life

Tweet Twice a year when the kids here are on summer or winter break, they come to my school even more. We call these ‘intensive’ periods, and this week is the last of the summer intensives. Normally a student will come to my school for 3 periods which total 2 hours and 20 minutes. During […]

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Fun with Essays

Tweet Each week I teach several writing classes.  I get to see some really funny stuff come through in those essays the kids write. Some times their broken English comes across even stronger in their writing as opposed to their speaking.  This is one example.  This student emailed in their essay so nothing has been […]

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Hitting the Wall

Tweet I was very excited about moving to Korea.  I did a lot of research, and I knew that it would be a great experience.  I came here for a variety of reasons.  I wanted to get some experience teaching since that is what I want to do whenever it is I decide to return […]

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Making a Difference

Tweet Recently I have been involved in a few conversations on making a difference as a teacher.  I think anyone who gets into teaching wants to make a difference in the lives of those they teach.  I know it has a lot to do with why I wanted to teach.  I felt I could have […]

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Giving Back

Tweet I have done a lot of thinking in the past year about many things.  I have thought extensively about how I would love to travel the world, about how I have seen a lot of the USA but there still remains a lot I want to see, and about how I can go about […]

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