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Summer Holiday!

After 5 long months of working hard, it's finally our Summer Holidays!!

The whole English department celebrated on Monday night with some tasty sushi and soju at a restaurant in Haeundae, followed by some drinks in Jangsan. As I explained before about work nights out here in Korea, everybody had a great time eating lots of food and playing drinking games. I felt very bad for the teachers who had to be in school the next day.
End of term work night out

Job Themed Event Week

Last week was Namsung Elementary’s English Event Week. We hold Event Weeks with the purpose of teaching the kids a little more English with lots of emphasis on speaking, and having fun. Previous themes we've had are Under The Sea, Outer Space, Christmas in England and the environment.

This term the theme was jobs and we turned the English Department into a hospital, a TV studio, a catwalk, a court, a police station and finally a kitchen. The kids got the opportunity to spend their English classes in all of the different zones, trying out new activities, singing songs and speaking English.

My students don’t believe I live in Korea. They think I...

My students don’t believe I live in Korea. They think I fly to the US every night to sleep.

Evan’s Hagwon Tour

Hello again! It’s time for another video!

I (Evan) work at a rather large hagwon in our little city in South Korea. It’s a big, four story building with many large and small class rooms. There’s even a huge, nice apartment on top. The hagwon sits half way up Obongsan, so there are great views from the roof and the windows on the upper floors. It’s across from a public kindergarten, named 해바라기, where I also teach – but that’s a story for another post!

Hagwon in Korea

Troubles with the Co-Teacher

First a bit of background into teaching in Korea for those of you that haven't taught English here.  It is a legal requirement for the school to have a co-teacher 'helping' or 'team-teaching' with the native English teacher in public school classes.  On first arriving in Korea, most public school teachers will have an orientation and perhaps some further instruction on how to work best with their co-teachers in order to deliver effective lessons.  There are different methods for doing this, but generally, the native teacher and Korean co-teacher should work together in planning and delivering the lessons, with interaction between the tw

6 Ways You Know You've Been In Korea Too Long...

Korean Shoes
I've been living in Busan, South Korea and working as a teacher for nearly 18 months now. It's strange to look back at this blog and read the things that were so shocking and different when I first got here, especially considering that I scarcely notice them now.

Here are a few ways I know that I've lived in Korea for a lengthy amount of time...

Say What?! Episode 2: That’s a Holiday?

Happy Say What?! Wednesday! ^^

Episode 2 in our series highlights national holidays or “Red Days”. Usually when I see job ads for teaching positions online it vaguely says “All national holidays off”. Most people reading the job ad at first glance wouldn’t think twice about that, because it seems standard and straightforward. While the details on national holidays and other random days you get off of work may not be the most important information in the world, it’s something fun to know ahead of time! (Although some teachers may enjoy the surprise days off! I assure you those will still exist. hehe!)

Say What?! Episode 1: Students can’t fail?

There are so many surprises, good and bad, that expats experience whilst living and working abroad. Moving to Korea to teach is a big step, and not something to be taken lightly. Korea is very different from most of our home countries, and it’s important that before you make the decision to come live and work in Korea, you have your expectations set at a reasonable place, that you don’t come expecting it be like America (insert your home country), and that you are flexible, open-minded, and slow to judgement. I think these are the keys to happiness not just in Korea, but any country you choose to reside.

Because Korean Kids Aren't Cute and Life isn't what You Expected

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