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December 6 - 9, 2017
I bought a roundtrip from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Yangon, Myanmar for $246.02 on AirAsia. My reasoning being that I’d never been to Myanmar and wanted to see the country that had been described to me as “Thailand or Vietnam thirty years ago” and “rapidly declining because of tourism but check it out now because it’s only getting worse.”
I applied for an e-visa online a week before my trip ($50 for US citizens). It was processed within a few days and was valid for 90 days from the date of issue.
When I arrived in Yangon, immigration and entry was a breeze with the e-visa. I don’t think it’s possible to get in otherwise. You can exchange dollars into Myanmar Kyat at the airport but they must be PERFECT –no tears, wrinkles, or marks.
I went out exit 6 and turned left for the taxi station. After I said I wanted to get to the bus station, someone handed me a card declaring 10,000 kyat ($7.50) for the trip and pushed me into a taxi cab. It was a 50-minute ride through dense traffic in a busy city of one-lane roads. I took an overnight bus from Yangon to Bagan with Joyous Journey Express (better known as JJ Express) for $19.76 one-way. The pastries were actually pretty decedent.
At the bus station and at a truck stop, I saw lots of women with shapes painted on their faces (e.g. circles, squares). At first, I ignorantly thought it was foundation or sunscreen not blended in. I looked it up and it’s actually Thanaka (yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark). It’s applied to the face and sometimes arms. It smells a lot like sandalwood. Apart from cosmetic beauty, thanaka also gives a cooling sensation and provides protection from sunburn.
Arriving at Bagan Shwe Pyi Bus Station at 5 am was jarring as there are a sea of men that bombard you asking if you’d like a taxi ride the second you step off the bus. I know this is never a good idea, but I went with one anyway. It was an uncomfortable horse drawn cart where he talked my ear off about the pope and 14th Dalai Lama while intermittently pressuring me to pay him for a tour of the local temples. I overpaid him (maybe $10?) but I was eager for him to leave me alone and thankfully I never saw him again during my trip.
Bagan was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, and during it’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, there were over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries constructed.
When you enter the area, they force you to purchase and carry this card for 25,000 kyat ($18.75), good for five days:
I stayed at the Royal Bagan Hotel ($63 for two nights), which offered the perfect location for walkable-food and easy access to temples. Hotels in Myanmar haven’t seemed to figured out the niceties one expects of tourist areas, but it was clean and nicely located.
My biggest disappointment was a canceled hot air balloon ride because of bad weather. It’s not the company’s fault; safety is the most important thing. I booked and was refunded successfully with Balloons Over Bagan ($340). You can also check out Oriental Ballooning ($399) but they all fly on the same days. Ballooning only happens October to April, so hopefully I’ll book another trip during these months.
Walking around is fun as long as you keep as good attitude about those asking you to buy things. Also, beware of the Skynet signs haha:
With over 2,200 temples, pagodas, and stupas to see in Bagan, I went for a ride in a horse cart one day. I overpaid at 10,000 MMK Myanmar kyat / $7.35 but I preferred it to renting a bicycle or scooter (2000-7000 MMK/day). Bulethi Pagoda at sunset was probably one of my favorite memories.
I had some really good food while was there (e.g. avocado salad, sour pork curry, mutton curry, papaya salad, tea leaf salad, butterfish) and cheap-but-just-okay-beer.
I make fermented soybean paste stew (된장찌개, doenjang jigae) without meat – but there is fish in the broth.
- 1 medium potato, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes (about 1 cup)
- 1 medium onion, cut into ½-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
- 1 small zucchini, cut into ½-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
- 1 green Korean chili pepper (청고추, cheong-gochu), stemmed and chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2-½ cups water
- 7 dried anchovies, guts removed
- 5 tablespoons fermented soybean paste (된장, doenjang)
- 6 ounces medium-firm tofu, cut into ½-inch cubes (about 1 cup)
- 2 green onions, chopped
- Add water and dried anchovies in a heavy pot. Boil for 15 minutes. Strain out anchovies.
- Add potato, onion, zucchini, chili pepper, and garlic to the pot. Cook over medium-high heat for 15 minutes until it starts boiling.
- Stir in the soybean paste, mixing well. Cover and cook for 20 minutes longer over medium heat.
- Add the tofu and cook for another 3 minutes.
- Top with green onions and serve with rice.
You may already know how to describe public transportation in Korean, but do you yet know how to say ‘car’ in Korean? Can you yet name car manufacturers in Korea? In this lesson, you’ll learn the vocabulary and names for both.
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‘Car’ in Korean
The basic word for car in Korean is 자동차 (jadongcha). However, outside of official use, it is not common to use. Instead, if you are speaking or texting to a friend and wish to refer to a car, you can simply use 차 (cha).
If you wish to say you are going somewhere by car, the basic phrase to use is 차를 타다 (chareul thada). This verb stem can either be used with the past tense -ㅆ다 or -고 있다, the tense implying continuous action. The latter can only be used if you are currently in the car, but the past tense works whether you’re still in the car or already got out of it.
There are also other ways for how to say ‘car’ in Korean, but while this vocabulary is good to know in order to richen your knowledge of Korean, you’re less likely to need them in actual conversation.
승용차 (seungyongcha) = (passenger) car
차량 (charyang) = car (especially parked ones), vehicle
자가용 (jagayong) = one’s own car
중고차 (junggocha) = used car
전기 자동차 (jeongi jadongcha) = electric car
화물차 (hwamulcha) = truck
승합차 (seunghabcha) = van
용달차 (yongdalcha) = delivery van
쓰레기차 (sseuregicha) = garbage truck
순찰차 (sunchalcha) = police car
In addition, South Korea also has a booming car manufacturing industry. Thus, it might come in handy to learn some specific vocabulary related to Korea’s car industry as well.
자동차 산업 (jadongcha saneob) = car industry
자동차 회사 (jadongcha hwoesa) = automobile company
현대 (hyeondae) = Hyundai
기아자동차 (giajadongcha) = Kia Motors
대우자동차 (daeujadongcha) = Daewoo Motor
쌍용자동차 (ssangyongjadongcha) = SsangYong Motor
A word of caution about Romanization
While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.
After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?
차를 운전할 줄 알아요? (chareul unjeonhal jul arayo?)
Do you know how to drive a car?
저는 자동차로 출근해요. (jeoneun jadongcharo chulgeunhaeyo.)
I go to work by car.
우리는 남자친구의 차를 타고 여행갈거에요. (urineun namjachingue chareul thago yeohengkalgeoeyo.(
We’ll take my boyfriend’s car and go on vacation.
So what’s your favorite Korean Car brand? Any on your wishlist? Let us know in the comments below!
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Are you looking for a job teaching English in East Asia? Do you want to know what schools/employers there really want?
For me this wasn't really surprising, but that's because I have been part of the teaching English in Asia thing either as teacher or researcher for a good 13 years.
I started teaching in Taiwan in 2004 and then later Korea and China. I worked in a lot of schools as either a full, part-time or substitute teacher. I have also applied for and looked at a lot of jobs.
So the words and qualities of a teacher that schools are actually looking for that you will find here are not a surprise to me. I could have roughly told you these before without doing any research since I have seen so many jobs.
It's cool to actually see some data. So how did I get this data?
I did a combination of command "f" on a Mac to find the count of keywords on a page (multiple job ads on a page) and sometimes a count of the Google search results.
Towards the end of the article I will tell you how you can use this info to help.
What do employers in Taiwan want?
These are some of the most common words employers used on Tealit.com on 02/19/2018-11/27/2017. These were based on 50 job posts.
The number represents how many times it was placed on the page.
- experience 71
- degree 34
- professional 31
- children 28 (i.e, working with children)
- team 18 (join our "team" or "team" player)
- enthusiastic 13
- responsible 13
- kids 10
- passion 9
- adult 8
- tefl certificates 7 (preference)
- patient 7
- positive 6
- criminal background check 4
- teaching demo 4
- teaching license 6
- chinese ability 0 (compare that to Ohayosensei in Japan below)
I only counted the word "degree" here and one other time. A degree is pretty much a given requirement to teach English in Asia.
What do employers/schools in Korea want?
These numbered search results were taken from koreabridge.net on Feb. 19, 2018 using the keyword and the following search operator:
site:koreabridge.net/jobs "keywords below go here"
- kids 1,960 results
- experience 1,820
- energetic 726
- enthusiastic 345
- passionate 293
- positive 284
- professional 42
- tefl 36
- responsible 32
site:eslcafe.com/jobs/korea "keywords below go here"
- experience 524
- tefl 283
- professional 173
- kids 104 children 147
- enthusiastic 106
- fun 84
- passion 71
- responsible 56
- energetic 52
- friendly 52
- passionate 35
What do employers want in China?
For this I searched 2 sites: eslcafe.com via Google and eChinacities.
site:eslcafe.com/jobs/china "keywords below go here"
- experience 719
- professional 399
- kids 269 children 280
- adults 240
- passion 202
- enthusiastic 197
- fun 177
- tefl certificate 123
- energetic 99
- responsible 91
- no experience 44
The below results were found by site search on jobs.echinacities.com, "teaching jobs".
- degree 53,836
- experience 52,654
- TEFL cert 17,837
- love children 15,621
- professional 12,377
- children 11,621
- enthusiastic 5,385
- responsible 4,516
- adult 2,864
- fun 2,443
- passion 2,236
- creative 1,521
What do employers in Japan want?
This one and the Taiwan one are the most accurate as all the job posts were on one page, so I could easily find the keywords and get a direct count.
ohayosensei.com Feb 19, 2018
- experience 124
- no experience 0
- children 65 kids 18
- adults 35
- responsible 0
- tefl certification 48
- professional 1
- enthusiasm 1
- japanese ability 24
- must currently reside in japan 56
jobs.gaijinpot.com education/teaching Jan. 19-Feb 19, 2018
- experience 275
- children 215
- professional 98
- fun 98
- japanese ability 71
- motivated 69
- enthusiastic 68
- love children 65
- creative 63
- adults 52
- positive 41
- passion 38
- responsible 36
- tefl 26
How accurate is this?
Well, it's not extremely accurate for a few reasons.
- It's possible that some of the words here have were not necessarily used in the same sense. For example, the keyword "enthusiastic" is a pretty common quality that schools are searching for in a teacher, but the word can also be used in a different way like the school could say we are "enthusiastic" about making learning English fun.
Some results may include multiple postings by the same school or recruiter which inflates the keywords mentioned in that post.
Some keywords may have multiple meanings. For example, most schools want “experience” but a smaller percentage may accept teachers with “no experience”.
- I didn't search for all of the same exact keywords on every site which resulted in some differences.
It's a bit wabi-sabi, but I think it still can help.
Here is a list of keywords found in job advertisements from most to least popular.
- experience 56,187
- tefl cert 18,070 (-17,000 for China)
- love children 15,686
- professional 13,121
- children 12,356
- enthusiastic 5,770
- responsible 4,744
- adults 3,199
- fun 2,802
- passion 2,556
- kids 2,361
- creative 1,584
- energetic 877
- passion 328
- positive 290
- japanese ability 95
- motivated 69
- must currently reside in japan 56
- no experience 44
What can you gather from this?
Schools prefer teachers with experience, however there are a few schools that have stated above that they accept teachers with "no experience".
Most of the jobs in East Asia are for teaching children. According to the numbers above there were 30,000 plus mentions of children, kids, etc. vs. 3,000+ mentions of adults.
So according to those numbers there are possibly 10 times as many jobs teaching children than there are adults.
Do you like teaching children?
That's a common question employers will ask. If you have experience teaching children or just like teaching children then put that on your resume.
Use these words in your copywriting and interview if...
If these words apply to you and the position you are applying to then you can use them on your resume/cover letter and or in your interview.
- children (love)
If they don't then try to find a job that may suit you better.
Differences in the countries
There weren't many, but there were a few.
- TEFL certification is in greater demand in China than it is in other Eastern Asian countries.
- Most schools in Japan and Taiwan hire in country.
- Some schools in Japan require some Japanese ability which is extremely uncommon in other countries in Asia.
- Teaching demos are more common in Taiwan and China than other countries.
- Where should you teach English in Asia?
- Those are the common preferences, but keep in mind that there are often unsaid preferences too.
- Online TEFL training geared towards teaching kids in Asia.
This is a modified version of the Artichoke Parmesan Dip from New Seasons. So good with bread, crackers, or fresh veggies!
- 1 cup (8 oz.) cream cheese
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1-½ cups artichokes, canned, quartered in water
- ½ cup milk, whole
- 3 TB garlic cloves, peeled, raw
- 1/3 cup green onion, chopped 1/4” wide
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
- 2 tsp black pepper, ground
- Pinch of Cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 375*F.
- Drain artichokes, reserve.
- Drizzle peeled garlic with olive oil, wrap in foil and place in oven. After 30 minutes, check doneness by inserting a knife tip into a clove. Once completely roasted, remove garlic and allow to cool.
- Puree the cream cheese, milk, garlic, cayenne, pepper and lemon juice in a food processor until smooth, about 1-2 minutes, scraping down side once during the mixing.
- Add the mayonnaise, artichokes, green onions, and parmesan.
- Pulse mixture until fully incorporated, about 10 pulses, scraping down the side once during mixing.
- Transfer to a container and chill in the refrigerator until service.
I am in the last week of a project taking place in Seoul and in Gangneung, here in South Korea. While I normally have enough time in most projects to return to my home and edit my photos on my iMac, this particular project has a tight turn around time and is also far from my home. Over the last few weeks, I have been testing out different ways to backup and edit my photos on the road. The main issue that I had was that my laptop is way too old to handle this kind of work and until I get a replacement, I had to find a solution.
For backup in the field, there are many options. For years I used a NEXTO portable hard drive (one of the first generations) but the prices now are insane. I needed a cheaper solution. So I reached out to Dylan Goldby and asked him for some ideas. Surprisingly he gets asked this question a lot and sent me this article which contained a perfect solution. It was the start to a perfect solution to lighter more mobile workflow.
Following Dylan’s instructions, I picked up my RavPower FileHub from Amazon for about $33 and found a 500gb SSD on sale at Costco. Once I downloaded the app on to my iPad and followed the instructions, I was good to go. I plugged in the SSD and then my SD card from my camera. I was shocked at how easy the whole process worked.
From the app, I could create folders on both my ipad and the SSD. This allowed me to keep the project files separate from everything else and make them easier to find on my iPad. I could also save images from my iPad onto the SSD as you can see in the image above. The other interesting thing was that the RavPower can also charge my devices as well. Something that came in handy a few times. Transferring files from the SD card to the the SSD was fairly fast and you can monitor the progress on your device as well. This was particularly useful in making sure that all of the files got backed up.
One of the hiccups that I came across was that the FileHub would not let me transfer my RAW files to my iPad. However, I found two ways to work around this. The first being to simply shoot in Raw+JPEG and edit the JPEG files in the field as the project only required a limited amount of editing anyway. The second was to use the Sandisk iXpand Drive. This is a tiny but very useful USB drive with a lightning connector built into it. Combined with the app, I could easily backup my raw images to the iXpand Drive and then import them into Lightroom CC on the iPad. Albeit, one at a time.
Either way you choose, you are now seeing some options and workarounds to getting your images backed up and onto your device. For the sake of speed, I chose simply to edit the large JPEGs and keep the Raw files on the SSD for safe keeping. As much as I wanted to edit the raw images, the scope of this project and the time that it would have taken to import every single image was not worth it.
Editing in Lightroom CC has been a fun experience. It is obviously not as robust as Lightroom Classic but having the option to edit my images on my iPad and sync them with my iMac is great. Not to mention for this project, I wasn’t really needing to do any major edits. However, Lightroom CC has everything you need to make some really great edits and images. While the ability to import custom presets would be nice, I loved the fact that I could just focus on the basics. Not to mention ditch the heavy old laptop that I lugged around before.
The workflow with Lightroom CC took a bit to get used to at first but after a while I got into my groove. I liked the swipe to select feature as it sped up the import process quite a bit. I was also happy to see “lens corrections” and Noise Reduction in there as well. Overall, I was pretty happy with what it can do and all that was there.
Bonus! Cinemagraph Pro for iOS
One of the best tools that I have on both my iPhone and my iPad is Cinemagraph Pro. Using this same workflow, I can edit the video clips from my DSLR on my iPad and make some amazing cinemagraphs. With the latest version of Cinemagraph Pro for iOS, you get an improved platform for editing and viewing your cinemagraphs. The advantage to using the iOS version is that you can use all of the gestures like pinch and zoom to fine tune your edits. Not to mention, you can export a video specifically optimized for different social networks.
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I got the idea for this post as I sat in the lobby of the Seamarq Hotel in Gangneung, South Korea. With most of my editing done, I just started to people watch and listen in on people’s reactions to my second home. I was shocked at how little people knew about Korea. This country is one of the hidden gems of Asia and it is often overlooked by vast majority of travel and landscape photographers. With that being said, there are a ton of people coming to view and photograph the games. Here are a few things that you should know.
1. It’s Out in the Country
One of the challenges of these games are the locations of the events. During the ’88 Olympics the bulk of the games were in Seoul. This made it a lot easier to reach the sites and get around. Now, you have to take in the fact that Seoul is not the city that it was in 1988 and these games are the winter games. Having the games in Seoul is an impossibility. However, having the winter games in one of Korea’s premiere ski destinations might have seemed like a great idea on paper, it is now causing a bit of a transportation headache. Not to mention that the games are taking place over Seollal, the Lunar New Year holiday when transportation usually is a nightmare.
So keep that in mind when you are travelling out to the games. There are shuttle buses running during the day time but few after the later events. Plan your trips accordingly and make sure that you have a plan b if your events runs until late. I was shocked to find out that the hockey game I recently attended did not finish until 12 am. Fortunately, we had secured a bus to get us to and from the venue. For others, especially tourists and others wanted to photograph the games, you should double check your schedules.
The positive side of things is that it is bringing people out to a part of the country that many tourists would have normally skipped. The issue is just the intensity of the games and the possible toll that it might have afterwards. With all of that being said, in my opinion Gangneung is a great place and I am happy that there is more infrastructure to help with future tourism projects. The infrastructure that is now in place could bring more people out to the area which could help local businesses. To get back to Seoul, use apps like Korail Talk to book your tickets in advance. It is available in the app store and on google play.
2. Corporate Meets Sport
The games themselves are interesting as the eyes of the world and their cameras have descended upon Korea. They games are a spectacle but sadly corporate on many levels. With regards to photography, many of the events have controlled photography down to basic snapshots and selfies.From the time that you walk into the games, you will see a spectacle of lights, sports and pageantry. Yet, companies like Getty Images are doing everything in their power to limit photographers from making any creative and/or quality images beyond snapshots and selfies. Leaving only accredited and/or Getty photographers with tripods and lenses capable of capturing the games from anywhere they want. While I understand their position (they want to make money) they shouldn’t be going after people who followed their rules. Perhaps I was mistaken in the fact that I thought that the games were there for the people to enjoy and capture memories of the games.
That being said, I was pleasantly surprised that there was a certain level of mobility which did yield some great shots of the venue. So if you are willing to push the limits a little bit, you can get some decent shots but not like the ones that the accredited photographers are getting. Many of the guys that I have talked to from local photo clubs seemed to have an idea that they can get top quality photos from the stands. With the restrictions in place, it makes it pretty tough. Although, a 70-200mm would be a good choice if you are wanting to try. Just keep in mind that at the olympics, pro photographers are there to do a job and that is the reason they have the sleeves and the accreditation. Spectators are there to watch the games. Interfering with either of those two groups will get you into a bit of trouble.
After having a the cinemagraph from above removed due to copyright violation, it makes me wonder about how corporate the games have gotten. What I saw from the stands and from reading the material provided to me was that companies like Getty Images are actively clamping down on non-accredited photographers. We all know that shooting from the stands will not yield anything better than what the photographers along side the events are getting. We also know that live streaming footage is also not cool. However, combing through instagram and removing images and cinemagraphs is just petty. So do be aware of that when posting video clips of the games in whatever form you choose.
3. Gear Restrictions
One of the things that shocked me the most was finding out that tripods are banned pretty much everywhere. From the Olympic Park to the venues, if they see you using a tripod, you will be asked to leave. When my gear when through the scanner at the gates, I was warned (in a very friendly manner) that I couldn’t use my tripod. I had it in a bag and thus promised not to take it out. I had a mini tripod that seemed to go unnoticed and I managed to get so ok shots with it. Using a platypod or some other type of plate that will stabilize your camera and not make a huge footprint would be optimal at the Olympic sites.
The other thing is that you are limited to lenses under 300mm. So that idea that you had of renting that giant white canon lens and shooting from the stands might not go over as expected. Again, I feel that the 70-200mm would be a great choice. I brought my 34-105mm because I knew that from where we were sitting, the shots like the one above would look off. Also, I did not want to carry that beast around for the whole day.
4. Travel outside of the Games
Korea has a lot to offer and thus, I would highly recommend taking sometime to check out the sites around Seoul and the Olympic sites. While many people come only for the games, I truly feel it is a missed opportunity to only see the games. There are so many places for you to check out around the the area. The coastline and the pine forests are great. Use your Korail Talk app to get a ticket down to Busan and see what the rest of the country is like. The thing is that from the blogs that I follow, it seems many photographers are not that interested in anything outside of the games and that is a shame.
Also, I found that the area around Pyeongchang and Gangneung to be very steeped in the Olympic spirit and to truly get a taste of Korea, you have to get away from the games a bit. One of the things that makes Korea awesome is the fact that you can get pretty much everywhere by bus, train, or KTX (bullet train). This means that you can plan some day trips to some great spots without sacrificing too much time. Not to mention that the coastline is perfect for sunrise shots. head even down the coast line a few hours to Pohang to catch some cool sites.
5. Photography. Connected.
One of the best things about South Korea is the speed of their internet. Why I bring this up is that when I talked to many people about coming to the games, they were worried about connectivity and how fast the internet was. They must have been mistaken because South Korea’s internet is second to none. This means that when you are upload images, you will not even break pace. To add icing to the cake, many cafes and restaurants have free wifi. Meaning that you can get you work done as you eat some great food. As I travelled up to the games, I noticed even the train stations had small “business centres” that had a desk and a scanner of all things. So make use of the public spaces to get those shots edited and uploaded.
Talking with visiting photographers and tourists alike, many were struggling with the language barrier and taxis. Two of the best apps to get around this are Papago for translation and Kakao T for taxis. The reason that I recommend these is that they are both native apps to Korea and have a preference for Korean. Meaning that many Koreans have them on their own phones and are familiar with them. Kakao in particular is extremely popular in Korea.
KakaoT (apple google ) allows you input your destination into the app and it will assign a driver to you. Thus, making sure you get to where you are going without any confusion. Here is a great guide to get you sorted out on the ins and outs.
Papago (apple google) is a translation app owned by Naver (Korea’s google). This app is perfect for translating all things Korean (and Japanese too!). The power comes from one of the features design to hand off your phone to a Korean speaker and back again. Meaning that the screen is separated into two sections one for the English speaker and one for the Korean speaker. It can translate voice, text and images. This is perfect for getting around and I have found that while the image translate is not that great, the voice translation is usually spot on.
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Now are you thinking of taking an online TEFL course? One of the problems with online education is that many courses are not engaging. They are boring.
One of the reasons why these courses are boring is that they are predominately just text based with knowledge check types of questions. There's a lot of textual content and very little context.
The problem with text is that people don’t typically read much online and they don’t remember much of what they read because it’s boring.
"All I have is an online TEFL that I forget most of." - thedan633
"I finished the entire program in 3 days and retained like 5% of the information." - woobv
Think about it.
How often do you read a whole article online from beginning to end? If you are like most people then you only skim and scan for answers to the questions or whatever it is you are looking for.
People typically only read 20-28% of a page online
According to some studies people only read 20-28% of the words on a page. So if you only read that much then how much do you think you will remember?
If you are new to teaching and you haven’t done it yet then many of the concepts that you would learn in an online course will remain abstract unless you can see them in action.
The best way to remember what you learn is through visuals and not with just words that are spoken or read.
If I say the word “monkey” what comes to mind?
Do you imagine the letters m-o-n-k-e-y? Probably not. You probably imagine something brown and furry that looks like a monkey.
They remembered 70% of 10,000 images
Here’s another example…
There was a famous study done by Lionel Standing in 1973. He took individuals and showed them 10,000 pictures for 5 seconds each for 5 days. 5 days later he wanted to see how many people could remember.
He showed the people images they had seen and ones they hadn’t. People remembered 70% of the images they had seen.
One of the basic findings of this study was that…
In terms of memory images were superior to words spoken or read.
Certainly there are times when text can be helpful. Text is not without value. However, in my experience it’s way easier to learn how to teach English by watching other experienced teachers.
If you didn’t know some people criticize online TEFL courses and think that they are worthless. Why is that? Well, there are different reasons, but one of those arguments is that there is no observation and you are not in a classroom.
Now online you can’t sit in the back of a classroom and watch other teachers, but you can watch instructional how-to videos that basically mimic doing that.
And if the students in the videos are similar to the students that you will be teaching then you will be better off compared to if your students are actually pretend students like yourself which is very common in classroom based TEFL courses.
Now does that mean that all videos are going to be good?
No, of course not.
It depends. Essentially you want to watch other good teachers teach the same or similar students that you are going to teach. So short and sweet instructional videos will be much better than long boring lecture videos.
For example, if you are going to be teaching kids in Asia then don't watch adults teach other adults.
Reading online vs. reading a book
In regards to reading at least one study 2013 in Norway shows that students who read on paper remembered more of what they read.
Your brain can process images and video faster
According to a study by MIT your brain can identify images seen for as little as 13 milliseconds.
Images and visuals are faster. The reptilian part of your brain can process images in an instant. As a baby you could process visuals with your eyes long before you could process language.
Language is learned and it’s not fast it’s slow. So while it’s possible to read and learn online it will probably be slower, less fun, and you’ll remember less.
Visually engaging TEFL courses
ESLinsider’s courses are visually engaging and you’ll learn practical teaching tools for the classroom. You’ll be able to see right into both public and private school classrooms in East Asia.
Online content should also be in bite sized chunks for optimum retention. You should be able to engage and interact with it.
Some things you need for a successful online TEFL experience:
- Video so you can learn by watching.
- Interaction so you tune in.
- Bite-sized chunks of information (text and media).
- Context which is an environment that is similar to or the same as the one you will be teaching in.
Content is delivered in bite sized chunks so you won’t be overwhelmed with information. I recommend the advanced course. You’ll learn a lot more because you’ll actually remember it.
You’ll be better prepared for your job, you’ll have less stress and since you’ll enjoy teaching more you’ll have a better year teaching abroad. If you are already teaching abroad then you’ll find that teaching becomes easier and more fun.
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Don't read below if you want to try the problem on your own first.
Here is the listening example from the video:
오늘 해야 할 일 중에서 빨래는 아침에 했고, 설거지는.... 아직 조금밖에 없네? 저녁 먹고 하지 뭐. 그럼 이제 해야 할 건 강아지 산책 시키기랑 시험공부하기인데.... 강아지 산책을 지금 시키고 시험공부를 나중에 하면 되겠다.
Here's the English translation:
Among the things that I have to do today, I did the laundry in the morning, and as for the dishes… there are still just a few? I’ll guess I’ll do them after I eat dinner. Then what I have to do now is walk the dog and study for a test, so I can the dog right now and study for the test later.
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