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Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Re: Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? tharp42

For the record:  I make no claims to be a good ESL teacher.  I'm sure that I have plenty of bad and lazy habits that I would be embarrassed to have shone back at me.  A good friend of mine has a CELTA certificate, which I may do myself.  In CELTA training they first have you give a sample class and then totally pick apart your obvious weaknesses.  I have no doubt that...

3 years 48 weeks ago
Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Re: Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? windupbird
so your 40.. and you argue with people in their mid twenties.. AND you brought the fact that you have an audi up in a discussion about pay.. only to then state that your wife bought it for you. You always act as if you have something to prove. Please go back on your sabbatical.. You remember that one day one you took? 
3 years 48 weeks ago
Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Re: Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Angel
2 true mate. You are right about that. I've seen plenty of those to.They  are called transients.
3 years 48 weeks ago
Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Re: Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? tharp42

"Oh...and yes the people that actually so called 'teach' are near the bottom of the barrel and guess who gets canned?  I've heard this right from the top. Good evaluation= Good teacha." 

It is a somewhat cynical point of view but yeah, you are right LBS.  I've seen people come here time and time again wanting to "really teach" and "make a difference" and...

3 years 48 weeks ago
Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Re: Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? lee-bum-suk

I am happy. I'm blessed also but because of my own actions, I don't believe in luck nor am I lucky. Everything went according to plan, people need to make plans and stick to them. I don't make alot of money though. It is safe to say my wife wears the pants in the family. I'm cool with that. I probably make the least amount of money of anyone on this site but...

3 years 48 weeks ago
Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Re: Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Angel

That is incorrect LBS, your facts are skewed and quite wrong. Many of the few real teachers have stayed and lasted the course. A lot of unqualified mercenaries left their contracts ealry, cos they had to do some work.They suddenly realised that they had to do real jobs,lesson plans, and this was not paid holiday. Not many hired were actually teachers,maybe 4 or 5....

3 years 48 weeks ago
Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Re: Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? lee-bum-suk

The Audi?.it was a present from my wife for my 40th birthday. That's what people do when they love each other. You forgot to mention you'd be leaving on a bus.

When EPIK first became an entity back in the day there were a number of 'real' teachers from the west. I knew a group of them. They tried unsuccessfully to change the system here a real futile effert. I don't think one...

3 years 48 weeks ago
Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Re: Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Angel
Darth, how much is an egg these days?
3 years 48 weeks ago
Teaching Private English Lessons in Busan Re: Teaching Private English Lessons in Busan helenreee

If there had been n'one hakwon in Korea, young students might've had a better English educations.  

I am more interested in adult private lessons, which is widely open; still a huge number of social/int'l issues are to be concerned prior to heading into private fair.

3 years 48 weeks ago
Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Re: Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Jay Vander
anyone ranting about this is probably not that good a teacher here. you need to more patient and friendly than anything so being uptight about what you think a teacher should be is probably not a good start. we are not in kansas anymore. bye bye dorthy.
3 years 48 weeks ago
Poo Da Dalk? Re: Poo Da Dalk? Priapic
Thanks for the responses!  This is just one of many, many things I'm looking forwarded to experiencing when I come back.
3 years 48 weeks ago
Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Re: Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? windupbird
Lee bum suk.. I would gladly come to Masan to meet you at the bus terminal take a photo of you and and your a6 paid in cash spit on it, then come home. 
3 years 49 weeks ago
Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Re: Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? dcross

haha Tharp, completely agree. Love the apple polishing line, erudite, wearing a tweed jacket with elbow patches and neatly groomed facial hair. 

Ive found that if you treat your teaching job the way you would any other job, people will be astonished at your professionalism. Its a good place to be...


3 years 49 weeks ago
English Library in Seomyeon Re: English Library in Seomyeon Mr. Bascomb

There is a library in the Global English Village.  The library is on the 5th floor  in  the building located on the corner that is closest to the subway stop.  It is at the Buam subway stop, which is easy walking distance from Lotte Dept Store in Seomyon.  

Most of the books are for students and young adults.  There is a decent selection of books that is...

3 years 49 weeks ago
Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Re: Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Angel

Tharpy, you are generalising mate. That is far from the truth. A well trained, skilful teacher doesn't throw shit at students. Good teachers, who have graduated from a top University, usually have what it takes.One of the key  things you learn, is not to do that.

Most people here are english conversation facilitators, at best.I've earned...

3 years 49 weeks ago
English Library in Seomyeon Re: English Library in Seomyeon curlyces
There is an English library in the global village in Seomyun which is located near lotte department store but as far as I know you can only read the books at the library - they can't be checked out and not sure on the variety of books available.
3 years 49 weeks ago
iMac help, please. Shift “i” not working Re: iMac help, please. Shift “i” not working DavidRushbrook 3 years 49 weeks ago
Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Re: Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Jay Vander
agreed . i may not be the best teacher but i dont leave my class frustrated with my head hung low and with my students complaining and thinking he sucks. look nice, be pleasent, be patient and teach a little while keeping your students happy and you have done your job here. it is a balancing act. like life, too much of anything is not good.
3 years 49 weeks ago
Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? Re: Is it worth getting an online TEFL certificate here? tharp42

Hey Trevor, you are right: popularity doesn't necessarily make you a good teacher, but it's the name of the game over here.  I've met a lot of people who want to be real, serious teachers, but they're the ones that end up pissing off their students but throwing too much work at them and being hard asses when grading time rolls around.

And what's your pompous claim?  "Anyone...

3 years 49 weeks ago
Teaching Private English Lessons in Busan Re: Teaching Private English Lessons in Busan DreadEd209

Let me know how far you got! I am also looking..

and to whoever started going on about crimes, i agree but you have absolutely no ide wether or not this person has an F2 (I do) and I also have a lot of experience teaching. SO you better be quiet or rephrase your accusatory messages.

Have a great day all!


3 years 49 weeks ago
Good Gyms or Fitness Centers Re: Good Gyms or Fitness Centers kiteupusan
Thank you. I will try that.  I guess I should get down some basic Korean. 
3 years 49 weeks ago
Good Gyms or Fitness Centers Re: Good Gyms or Fitness Centers mattsid

Do you have basic Korean because if so these places are pretty easy to find if you use Naver maps.

1. Go to http://map.naver.com/

2. Hopefully it should automatically find your location by IP address. If not type in 연산동헬 (Yeonsan Dong health)

3. Then cross reference with 연산동 찜질방 (Yeon San Dong Jimjilbang)...

3 years 49 weeks ago
Into My Arms Re: Into My Arms things4sale
great timing! great picture!
3 years 49 weeks ago
paperwork for getting a new teaching job on old visa Re: paperwork for getting a new teaching job on old visa helenreee
I think all itinerary much depends on person to person.  I am currently in Seoul imm svc, visiting Sejong-ro and Yangcheon-gu branches, meeting with kyejangs regarding E-2, F-4, and multi-.  Since I need to do something on mine, I am hearing so many different interpretations regarding the latest Immigratin Law Changes on 5/4/10, so called May the Fourth...
3 years 49 weeks ago
paperwork for getting a new teaching job on old visa Re: paperwork for getting a new teaching job on old visa Jay Vander
Why? He cant transfer a visa that has ended. You needa release letter if you are still working but he will be done. But, like I said, I could be wrong. I have been here 7 years and have had many visas and I have had release letters and not, depending on my status so the las time I finished a contract, I have to leave the country on a new visa run. Maybe things have changed but this is what I...
3 years 49 weeks ago

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