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Right before heading to sleep last night, my boyfriend and I heard the great news. Same-sex marriage is now legal in the entire USA! We woke up to a number of fantastic memes and posts from friends celebrating this landmark decision. Huffington Post Korea, my go-to news source (yes, I know it is biased) had a very affirmative headline with a "YES" in big bold letters.
This is the most beautiful, important paragraph from the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision.
Yay finally it’s legal throughout the U.S.A.!
In this episode of GO! Billy Eats, I try 쌍화차, which is a traditional Korean tea.
However, this tea is usually served in a very unique way - with a raw egg yolk.
I've tried most Korean foods before, but as soon as I heard about this I knew I needed to try it.
Check out the episode here.
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The New Way
Task based language learning is kind of all the rage these days as part of the overall communicative approach, which focuses on having students being competent communicators as opposed to some of the older models like grammar translation or the audio-lingual method.
Why I Love Task Based Language Learning
I personally love task-based activities because they give students a reason to do something as opposed to just using the language in a meaningless kind of way such as in a “repeat after me” activity.
Learn what you want to Learn
The second reason I like task based activities is because they give students a change to explore the language they want to know. Instead of me telling them what grammar and vocabulary they need to learn, students discover what they need to know during the process, figure it out (with some help from me sometimes), use it and then often remember it for the long-term because it was something they sought out for themselves.
6 Basic Task Types
The idea is that there is a topic that the class is based upon and then various tasks surrounding htat are created by the teacher. This is the list of tasks, from easiest to hardest. I’ll use the topic of weather for my example.
- Listing. Various kinds of weather conditions.
Ordering and sorting. Typical weather in spring/summer/fall/winter in a certain location.
Comparing. Weather in country A vs. weather in country B.
Matching. Weather condition pictures to the names.
Problem solving. Pick a vacation destination. When will you go and why? What special things do you need to bring?
Creative project. Research a natural disaster, make a poster about it and then do a presentation.
Even very low-level students can do task-based projects with numbers 1-4. These tasks might work well as a quick warm-up for your higher level students before you move into tasks 5-6.
Need more ideas for your classroom? This is the book you need to have in your library: 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Teenagers and Adults
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Trazy Country Promoter (Part-time Job)
(for Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore)
Join Korea’s #1 Online Travel Guide Trazy to grab the best opportunity to promote Korea travels in your country.
As a country promoter, you will promote Trazy.com’s various content in your country!
- Research and create posts about Trazy’s travel content adjusted to each online channel.
- Post on a regular basis about Trazy’s travel content & information on various local online communities and channels in your country.
- Native speaker in Bahasa Indonesia or Malay or Thai or English (for Singaporean)
- Conversational/Fluent in English (for internal communication)
- Used to using social platforms and online community sites
- Creative writing and wording
- High responsibility and ownership
- Photoshop skill is a plus
Work Pay & Condition:
- 2~3 postings per week
- Flexible to work at home without having to come to the office if preferred.
- Payment: $100~ per month (adjusted based on the amount of work)
How to apply
- Submit your application here: http://goo.gl/forms/schB1rT6CF
- We’ll contact you via e-mail for interview (Skype interview for those who are outside of Korea)
Did you arrive too early for the K-Live Hologram Concert or you have time to kill after enjoying the concert? There is something that can quench your K-pop thirst in K-Live: K-Gallery!
K-Live Hologram Concert : A must-do thing as a YG fan in Seoul
K-Gallery is a very special and EXCLUSIVE service offered to K-Live visitors. You can watch the exhibition for free if you buy the ticket for the Hologram concert. The gallery, located above the concert hall, is comparatively small to other galleries but contains distinctive items. Unlike our prediction that it would be loud, the gallery was quite dark and yet cozy so we were able to enjoy the art works in a relaxed attitude.
The first exhibition held in the K-Gallery is ‘The Super Power of HERO,’ arts works modeling top Korean celebrities who could be regarded as heroes entertaining people from all around the world by the Korean Waves.
Artist, Yoonjin Jo, created her works for the exhibition by only using box tapes. 9 Kpop trend setters like Kim Soohyun, G-Dragon, Jang Geunseok are visualized with colorful box tapes in a mosaic style. When we first saw the works, they were so sophisticatedly made that we did not even realize that all the pieces were made of box tapes. After realizing that it was made of box tapes, we wondered how many colors of the box tapes had been used.
You can even make your own Jang Keunsuk piece with the scissors and colored box tapes prepared in the gallery. It would be wonderful to create an one-of-a-kind piece so easily that nobody could copy.
PS. Don’t worry about MERS! The K-Live areas are certified with disinfection.
PS-1. K-Live is located in Dongdaemun area, the famous shopaholics-loving spot in Korea. So don’t miss the chance of shopping and enjoying additional fun like street food.
Shopping in Dongdaemun: http://www.trazy.com/theme/dongdaemun_shopping
Food in Dongdaemun: http://www.trazy.com/theme/dongdaemun_food
60. – 64. Paris Baguette, Tous les Jours, T-World Cafe, Davich Cafe & Caffe, Issac Toast & Coffee (Gimhae)
These are the “not just coffee” entries that, nonetheless, must be mentioned. Why? Well, because they sell coffee, dagnabbit.
I have established some (arbitrary) rules for when a business gets on the list. There is no need to artificially inflate the numbers. As a commenter noted in a recent post: “I have never seen so many coffee shops in my life.”
1. If the business has coffee in its name, it goes in, sight-unseen.
2. If the business has cafe or caffe (or both!) in its name, it gets a better look at and often will go in. There are occasionally bars (called “hofs,” pronounced “hopeu” and taken from the German “hofbrauhaus”) that also are called cafes and thus are not included.
3. If the business is referred to as something else, like a “dessert cafe (a la the awkwardly-named “To the Different”),” it gets a cursory glance. If there are any prominent advertisements for coffee, it’s in. If there is a struggle to find coffee as a primary product, I’ll look further. If it’s still a struggle, I won’t include it.
4. No place will be included more than once. That means since I have already included “Gentle Coffee,” I won’t include it again if what I think is a stand-alone shop (although Korean companies both small and large have a tendency to fully-embrace a “chain store” aesthetic. Perhaps its believed to be a sign of strength and success?) gets another location somewhere else. I might reconsider revisiting a shop for a “Random Weekly Review” if something compels me (like a reader request, for instance).
And now, onto the show!
JPDdoesROK is a former news editor/writer in New Jersey, USA, who served a one-year tour of duty in Dadaepo/Jangnim, Saha-gu, Busan from February 2013 to February 2014. He is now a teacher in Gimhae.
Korea may not be at the top of your list for scuba diving destinations, but you have to learn somewhere! I recently had my first experience scuba diving, and it was a long time coming. Can you believe that I went backpacking around Southeast Asia for 5 months and have never been scuba diving?? Me either. But it’s pretty expensive, and my other half sinks more than he swims.
The Busan aquarium in Haeundae allows Aquatic Frontier, a PADI 5 star dive center located in Osan, to lead dives for the uncertified in the large shark tank. It’s a great chance to experience scuba diving before paying a large sum of money for the PADI certification course. Me and my friend Kate have been talking about doing the shark dive for a year, and the day finally came with a lot of nervous excitement.
I’ve always been a fish in the water, but I naturally have a healthy fear of sharks. Learning that the giant grouper in the tank are actually more dangerous than the sharks did not make me feel better. We started the day early and met our dive leader Sammy. She led us into the aquarium before a gaggle of Korean grandmothers waiting for the doors to open. We were quickly led to the behind-the-scenes areas of the aquarium that said “staff only” and I immediately felt like I was breaking the rules!
After being introduced to our equipment, we picked out our foreigner-sized diving suits and headed to the locker rooms. Putting on a dive suit for the first time was hilarious! We wiggled, jumped, yanked, and squeezed our way into the skin tight suits before nervously strapping on the heavy oxygen tanks and stepping into the small training pool. I was the first in the pool, and a little bit scared because there were several sea turtles and a baby shark swimming around with us while we practiced our diving techniques. After a few minutes I felt more comfortable with the animals, and I was grateful to have some time to adjust before I swam into the tank with the full-size animals!
We practiced our diving techniques for about 30 minutes. We learned how to clear our goggles of water, how to breathe comfortably with the mouthpiece, and how to recapture our mouthpiece if we lost it briefly. The small training pool was connected to the large tank by a sliding plexiglass door. On the other side of the door were very persistent sea turtles. Our diving instructor, Sammy, informed us that they would be trying to get into the small pool and that we needed to push them or kick them away to prevent them from getting inside. Panic! Suddenly the door is open and 4 or 5 faces of these magnificent sea turtles are staring at me and trying to swim into the small pool. It ended up being really cool to be able to touch them, and it wasn’t that scary at all. They were incredibly persistent though! They kept coming back again and again. We assumed the smaller turtles in the training pool were their offspring.
Eventually we made our way into the large tank and began our walkabout. Clearly it’s a bit limiting compared to a real dive in the ocean, but again it was perfect for first-timers like us! We slowly walked around the tank, pausing to take in the presence of a tiger shark, a giant grouper, or a ray. Being so close to those animals really blew me away, and I felt so fascinated by them that it didn’t leave a lot of room for fear! I was surprised at how calm I actually was in the moment, and it made me feel more confident about getting my diving certification in the future.
If you enjoyed this post, you can check out the video of my shark dive here! I took a GoPro in the shark tank with me, so it turned out really cool! Have you ever been diving? Are you afraid of sharks? Leave a comment with your story!
Busan Shark Dive with Aquatic Frontier Information
Price: 150,000 won total (70,000 deposit, 80,000 on the day)
Animals you’ll get to see: blacktip reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, sand tiger sharks, Queensland giant groupers, short-tail stingrays, spotted eagle rays
Availability: Check the dive calendar on the website, most weekends, first come first serve (make the deposit to reserve)
Location: Busan Aquarium on Haeundae Beach, Haeundae station Line 2
If you have any questions, leave a comment below! More information can be found on their website.