TESL

Q&A: The Importance of TESOL, CELTA, and Teacher Certifications

A follow up another Q&A topic dealing with what major is best for teaching English abroad?

What Certification is best?

The topic of certifications is a vast array of choices. There are acronyms like TESOL, TESL, TEFL, CELTA, etc. that can be difficult to navigate if you’re still unfamiliar with the whole lay of the land.  In short, TESOL/TESL/TEFL are generally interchangeable. They are ESL certifications that offer 50, 100, 120 hour courses.


Korean Judo Master Interview

I simply cannot believe the response to the video I posted of my judo instructor.  Off a whim I asked him to show some of his physical abilities through the exercises he uses in his own personal training regimen.  So he did and I filmed.  I left the videos on my camera for over a month before I got around to putting a video together.  I figured it would be just another judo workout video to most.  Let's just say I was wrong.

With the likes of WWE superstar/pro MMA fighter, Bobby Lashley, and fitness guru Ross Enamait tweeting the video, it just went crazy.  See it for yourself here.

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.

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