teaching English in Korea

Shanghai 2: Jing'an Sculpture Park & Temple, Crystal Galleria

Korean Students Write the Darndest Things

Part of my job as a high school English teacher in South Korea involved giving out, and then correcting, weekly creative writing assignments. It quickly became one of my favorite parts of the experience, as it allowed my students to apply the language with more freedom and personality. It also helped me to get to know them in a more private way. From unintentionally funny remarks, to profound realizations, their writing was a joy to read.

Below is a small collection of some of my favorite excerpts. I’ve also taken the liberty of underscoring their messages with related images. Perhaps this could have been made into some sort of class project… Enjoy!


Gamcheon Cultural Village

Seoul vs. Busan


Hwamyeong: Latte King


For a while I've been considering writing about specific places in Hwamyeong-dong - the neighbourhood in Buk-gu in which I live.  I wasn't entirely sure if anyone would be interested because Hwamyeong is really far out of the way.  That said, I've noticed that there are a number of new spots opening up (mostly because I can't help but stop when I see an iced Americano being advertised for the equivalent of a loonie [that's a buck for you non-Canadians]).  

Vlog Entry #20: One EPIK Year in Review

Tomorrow marks my last day as an English teacher with EPIK. Without a doubt, this year was full of the biggest challenges I’ve ever faced, but also the greatest adventures and people. As Avicii says in this video’s song: “All this time I was finding myself, and I didn’t know I was lost.”


Gyeongju - fit for a Queen


This past Saturday I had the opportunity to travel to Gyeongju with some passionate history students from Dong-A University in Busan.  

Naked and Afraid: Korea Edition


Get ready: today's post has 50 + pictures.  No, not nudie pics as the title might suggest - we'll get to that later, though.

I had planned on heading out to the beach yesterday.  Blanket, towel, water, and sunscreen in tow, we headed out to Haeundae early Sunday afternoon to pick up a cell phone a friend had left behind at the marina.  That's right - honesty level: Korean, she lost her phone at the marina and someone had picked it up and held it for her to be retrieved the very next day.  

Weekend Warriors part I


The Universe


It's almost as though Amy Schumer, Bill Nye, and the lovely gals from Broad City got together to write a sketch for me this past weekend.  Just as I had written about missing the comforts of home, "the universe" decided to send me some things I'd been missing.

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