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Why Neil Decided To Come Back To Teach in Korea

Posted on Thu, Dec 08, 2016 @ 04:36 PM

Traveling to Korea: Year Three

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Tags: teaching in Korea, food in Korea, Transportation in Korea, chungdahm

My Favorite Things I am Going To Miss About Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Dec 02, 2016 @ 12:29 PM

I can hardly believe I have finished my year teaching English Korea for Chungdahm. In some ways it feels like the year has flown by, yet somehow I feel well acquainted with Seoul and have a good grasp on Korean culture. For better or worse, this year has been full of phenomenal growth. I have learned so much about myself as an individual, professional teacher, Canadian, and friend. Things that would be impossible to learn had I not ventured abroad. Living abroad is full of challenges that are so rewarding to experience and overcome and  I know I am walking away from this year with fantastic memories and numerous new friends from all over the world. Last week I said goodbye to my coworkers, students and friends, and I am heading off to travel throughout Southeast Asia. While traveling and severance pay makes the transition from teacher to traveler much easier, I was, and still am so sad to say farewell to the city I have called home for the past year. I have decided to write about my favorite things in Korea that I will miss dearly below.  I hope this blog is helpful to anyone considering teaching in Korea.


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Tags: teaching in Korea, norebang, weekend travel, teaching kids

5 Fun Winter Activities To Do While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 05:13 PM

Now that we are about to enter December and the weather has gotten cold in Korea I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about my favorite winter activities.  One of the perks of living and teaching in Korea is that you can experience all four seasons and although the weather can he harsh at time, there is still plenty of fun activities you can do. Below are my five favorite winter activities.   

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Tags: international, china, winter in Korea, food in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, cultural activities, winter olympics, snow, snowboarding, skiing, Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018

Immerse Yourself in Korean History By Visiting Amsa-dong

Posted on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 @ 02:56 PM

If you teach in Korea long enough, you will realize how much Koreans are proud of their culture and history and because of this they do their best to preserve their ancient wonders. As of 2016, Korea has 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites. If a location is deemed to have cultural or physical significance, the UN will help to ensure that it remains protected. The nomination process can take years and only a certain amount of locations will be designated a World Heritage site in any given year. This year, I was invited by my Korean friends to participate in the Amsa-dong Prehistoric Settlement Site

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Tags: festival, Korea, history, history of Korea, music festival, korea history

Find Out What Working at ChungDahm is Like From a Veteran Teacher

Posted on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 @ 03:28 PM

Before you accept a teaching job abroad, you probably wonder what a typical day is like. Most ESL teachers focus on the adventures and the traveling, but what they tend to forget is that most of their time will be spent teaching English.  This blog will focus on my experiences teaching in Korea thus far, and in particular what my typical day is like working at ChungDahm

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Tags: life in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, teacher, teaching,, chungdahm, chungdahm learning, teaching job, teaching abroad, teaching at CDL

A Day in the Life of a Chungdahm April Teacher

Posted on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 @ 12:33 PM

When I arrived year to teach in Korea last year, I was placed in ChungDahm's April program.  Since many people applying through Aclipse to teach for ChungDahm may not know about the April program, I figured I would use this blog to introduce you to the program and tell you what a typical day as an April teacher is like.

The first thing you need to know about the April program is that although it is a division of Chungdahm Institute, not all Chungdahm branches will host the program. It depends on space availability, budget, demand and enrollment. Thankfully, my branch in Busanjin is able to  host both the CDI and April programs. It is quite a large branch employing 8 foreign teachers, 5 Korean teachers and 4 Korean administrative staff. All April teachers are paired with a Korean co-teacher whom you share classes with.

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Tags: April Institute, chungdahm, teaching abroad, teaching kids, teaching at CDL

How to Prepare for Your Day of Teaching at ChungDahm

Posted on Tue, Nov 08, 2016 @ 03:28 PM

Before I begin, I just want to let my readers know that each ChungDahm location has a different set of rules when it comes to preparing for classes. The reason for this is because different locations teach different courses. Depending on the classes being taught at your location, you may need to prepare a lot of information for your class or you may not.  Below I will talk about how I go about preparing for my day of teaching and encourage my fellow teachers to do the same. 

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Tags: Students, working in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, teaching,, chungdahm, smart classroom, 3.0 smart student, smart textbook, class management, chungdahm learning

A Day in the Life of an April Instructor at ChungDahm Learning

Posted on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 @ 12:26 PM

I know my usual Aclipse blog posts may make it seem like I barely work, but surprise! I am still a Chungdahm employee, and after eleven months of teaching in Korea, I have come to learn the ins and outs of teaching both April and Chungdahm programs. For those of you that are new to reading the Aclipse blogs,  Chungdahm Learning is split into two programs. April, is lower level and encompasses kindergarten, those that are learning the ABC's, up until Junior Master, the highest April level that prepares students for Chungdahm. Chungdahm itself has around 14 levels (each branch offers all or a selection of all levels depending on demand). I have had the unique experience of teaching both Chungdahm and April classes, as my branch runs both programs in the same building. Initially I was intimidated at the thought of working both programs, however it took almost no time at all to get used to both. Now prepping for classes is a seamless process, and I am thankful for my diverse experiences here in Korea, both professionally and personally. This blog aims to give you a glimpse at a regular work day for me.

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Tags: April Institute, chungdahm, teaching kids

Be Sure to Visit Jeju, the "Hawaii of Korea," While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 03:15 PM

One of the longest breaks you will have as a ChungDahm teacher is during the Korean holiday of Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). The other major holiday would be Seollnal (Lunar New Years). Whenever these holidays approach, I always take the time to leave the city. In times past, I’ve visited Malaysia, Manila, and Busan. We have had teachers visit Hong Kong and Thailand during this long vacation too. This year, I decided to take time and go to a place that I had been to before but never got a really chance to explore. This place I decided to go back to was Jeju.

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Tags: things to do on Jeju, visit Jeju, things to do in Korea, vacation spot in Korea, Vacations in Korea, vacation, vacation destinations, Jeju Island, hiking, Chuseok, hiking in korea, island of Jeju, Beaches in Korea, hiking in south Korea

Chungdahm Teachers Report at the 2016 World Knowledge Forum in Seoul

Posted on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

One of the perks of teaching in Korea for a company like Chungdahm Learning are the growth opportunities that allow you to grow professionally.  Whether it's advancing within Chungdahm itself, or opportunities outside of school, there are many ways to enhance your resume while teaching abroad.  This past week, I, along with fellow Chungdahm teachers, had the chance to report at the 17th World Knowledge Forum in Seoul. The World Knowledge Forum is Asia's biggest collaboration of knowledge -  with this year’s theme being “Aiming for Great Instauration.”

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Tags: things to do in Korea, seoul, life in Korea, chungdahm, opportunities at chungdahm, reporting, resume

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