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“Call Me Maybe, Teacher?” -Phone Teaching with Korean Students-

Reflecting on My First Year in Korea

This past Friday (7/20/12) was the last day of the Spring semester.  Also the last class of my first year's contract.  It amazes me how quickly this year has gone by.  Being that it was my first year and everything was new, I can understand it seeming like it flew by.  Nonetheless, it's over now and I can't believe it.  The year has been a bit of everything for me.  Ups, downs, excitement, boredom.  I've learned so much about being a teacher and how to do my job more effectively.  Getting to know the students and what works best with them was (and will continue to be) a great learning experience.  I'm looking forward to doing it again as I renewed my contract at my school in Busan.

American looking for Korean Buddies

Hello, I am an American English teacher in the USA looking for Korean friends. I like meeting people from around the world. My Skype is kenneth.fach, and my website is http://soykenneth.blogspot.com . South Korea is a fascinating region of the world, and although I have friends in other parts of the world, having lived in Paraguay, Mexico and Germany, I have very few friends from South Korea.

I have a job.

One thing I don’t talk too much about here is work. The reasons why are because it’s work, and work is work, and there are plenty of people out there who are more suited to talking about my line of work than I am, and more importantly, I don’t want to talk about work.

I talk with co-workers about work all day in work. It’s work talk. The same work talk that everyone else talks about in work, which usually involves complaining/marvelling over something irrelevant to the rest of the immediate world. It’s not very exciting and the less I have of it the better. Sometimes I talk with Herself about work, and she politely grunts and changes the subject, which I’m grateful for. I do enough talking about work and you don’t deserve, need, or really want to hear me go on about work.

Greetings from Korea!

Greetings from Korea! I can't believe how fast time flies here.

Teacher Levitating with Student

Teacher Levitating with Student

A good friend of mine discovered a website of a Japanese artist who could capture movement well in the air. We decided to try it out at lunch with our cameras and were so excited. This one came out well, as we quickly found the biggest trick isn't in the movement, but in your face and relaxed posture. I also wanted her to look serious and stern for the eerie effect of the shot. It worked!

NEW! Scramble for success

For many (myself included) a happier time were the carefree days of youth. A time when play spanned from getting up in the morning until the closing of one’s eyes at night. That blissful period of life is sadly missing from many children in Korea. From an early age, the youth of Korea are impelled into a highly competitive world.

A 1,000 hellos everyday…

It happened! Everything went relatively smoothly and I have now moved jobs and cities! On the 24th of June I met my new employers, the Busan Metropolitan City Office of Education, in central Busan. On a steaming hot day in business attire I nervously arrived at the requested location with newly acquired visa extension in hand. I was introduced to the officer in charge of recruitment and anxiously waited for my schools representative to pick me up. Fifteen minutes later I was picked up and taken away to my new home. Slightly disappointingly I found out my new home was to be in Hadan. Hadan is in the South-West of Busan. However, my school was to be even further away in Myeong-Ji. The education authority only inform you of your schools location when you arrive (So new teachers don’t decide to not board the plane in case their school is not somewhere they don’t want to be).

Question from a reader: a teacher’s schedule?

A reader writes in:

Hi Chris:

I stumbled across your blog and I’ve found it to be of great use to
me, as I am going to be heading to Seoul in approximately two months
to teach English. Although I have done quite a bit of research on my
own, I have been unable to find information on how much time I’m going
to have to spend outside of the classroom preparing lessons and
grading papers.

I went to school to be a Spanish teacher and when I did my student
teaching, it was a life-consuming process. I’d be curious to know your
experience with the overall workload of an ESL teacher in Korea.



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