teach english in korea

How to Speak English to Korean Students (and Teachers)



IMG 5783 300x225 How to Speak English to Korean Students (and Teachers)Living abroad, and more specifically teaching English in South Korea is all about expansion and improvement. That is, if you want it to be. One thing is for sure for every person who travels abroad to teach ESL in a foreign country – you’re going to learn about acculturation and it’s 4 stages. You’ve likely heard of them before, but never associated them with a big, fancy term like ACCULTURATION!

Travel Auteurs Interviews the Red Dragon Diaries on Blog Talk Radio

Recently I was contacted by Rich Gedney of Travel Auteurs on YouTube about a new project of his.  Rich had asked if he could interview me on Blog Talk Radio about my life teaching English in Korea as an expat.

Travel Auteurs is a new project where YouTubers from around the world are interviewed about their lives relating to filmmaking for their respective channels.

Taejongdae Park (태종대공원) in Busan

Taejongdae lighthouse scene
Taejongdae Park is located not far from my neighborhood in Yeongdo-gu, Busan - an island right off the tip of Busan next to Nampo-dong shopping district.  Yeoungdo is home

Korea Q&A: Racism, Girl Judo, Meds, CRC, Typhoons

Taking a few to answer some questions and comments I've received from my YouTube channel and blog.  Thanks to those who wrote them into me.

1. Racism in Korea
2. Prescription medications
3. Are there any women in judo?  Is judo expensive?
4. What is typhoon season like in Korea? Is it anything compared to hurricane season in the US?
5. How long does CRC take?

Sporting a Free Scooter

Ever since I arrived in Korea I wanted to get a scooter.  Just to get around for shopping and to get back and forth to school.  I think all schools in Korea are build up on a steep hill.  I don't know if this is to "build character" in students - to get them mentally tough before they even get to class, or if it's something else.  Judging by the "No Pain, No Gain" sign leading into the English classroom at my school, it makes me wonder if I'm right about building character.

The Cost of Groceries and Toiletries in Korea

Before I came to Korea to teach, I was like anybody else in my situation.  I read every imaginable article and blog, and watched ALL the videos on YouTube.  One of the big topics I often wondered about was how much groceries and toiletries would cost.  Well, it's been one full year that I've been teaching in Korea and I have a good idea of what and where to buy the things I like and need.  It differs for everyone, but for my needs I have certain shopping habits now based on availability, price, convenience, etc.
Here's a list of prices for some of the items I buy and what may be interesting to you.  They are based on the two main stores I shop for groceries and toiletries at - HomePlus and Costco.  HomePlus is one of the major chain retail stores in Korea.  It's very similar to target, but on a smaller scale.


A "Real" English Lesson in Korea

Ok, maybe it's not a "real" lesson, but it was fun anyway.  Just an example of why I really enjoy this job!

Intro/Outro courtesy of VJVAULT and LOOPERMAN

Teach English in Korea - When Should I Do It?

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This is my long version answer to a question I received about when the best time (age) to teach abroad is.  This is my own personal situation and perspective - that is, why it was better for me to travel abroad later in life.  I hope it helps you clear the question up for yourself somehow.
My Blog:  http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/

Teaching English in South Korea - what is it REALLY like?

I am closing in on my one year mark teaching English in South Korea.  It's mid June (2012) now, and the contract year will end in August (2012).  While I've been here, I've tried to capture many of the moments on camera, video, YouTube, Facebook, blog, etc for friends, family and the virtual world to enjoy.  However, it's impossible to get it all.  It's also impossible to really convey the true experience in terms of my actual, real life.  Day to day.  Good weather, bad weather.  Ups and downs.  All the in betweens that can't come across in a video or picture.  A lot of people are like I was before I came here.  Wondering what to expect.  Will they love it, hate it?  Want to get back on the plane.  Everyone receives the experience differently.  This is how my first year was.


A New, Exciting, EXOTIC Experience of a Lifetime!

Exam Week Means Easy-ish Week

This week has been exams week for the students.  Just like last semester, the exams week means two things.  Exausting first half of the week.  Cake the second half. 

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