Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Unbowlievable

Posted on Tue, Jun 11, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Bowling is one of those things, like push-ups, limiting your screen time, or language learning, only gets better with one thing-consistency- which I unfortunately lack in such a niche, arthritis inducing sport. In our teacher’s meeting early on in the term, I kept my hand down when our Team Manager asked if anyone was interested in participating in a company-wide tournament. It was nice to see the Kakao chat blow up with plans to practice after work and on weekends knowing I’d sit it out in the comfort of my officetel. However, by the final head count before submitting our teams, it was a party of different coworkers bragging about how bad they are. So I thought, this must be my people, this must be my time. This type of company bonding event doesn’t happen that frequently, and I had been emerging from my self-induced winter cave, and from some convincing by my friend, I decided to join in.

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Tags: bowling, chungdahm learning, teaching at CDL, things to do in seoul

Small City Livin': Transition and Community

Posted on Tue, May 28, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Small City Livin’: Transition and Community

Applying, Traveling, Training, Teaching and my First Impressions of Jeonju

Ideas, research, Skype calls, interviews, questions, doubts, decisions - all of these went into what would eventually end up being my first time traveling to Asia, specifically South Korea. My experience was a bit different, as for many people this process is generally started anywhere from six months to several years before the culminating move to Korea happens. I began my TEFL course in August, not having a clue what exactly I wanted to do with it, had the idea to go to Korea in October and was leaving the country by the end of January! A hectic ride during that time, however, the biggest thing that enabled this fast-paced life change was the organization from Aclipse.

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Tags: . jeonju, working in korea, living in South Korea, teaching at CDL

Giselle's Classroom Rules

Posted on Tue, May 21, 2019 @ 11:56 AM

If you work as a Chungdahm teacher in Korea, you’ll get a week long training session to prepare you for your first day of teaching. You learn about the curriculum, the smart boards, the tablet PCs, and the methodology. Also, it’s heavily geared towards learning how to have good learning management. It’s great because when it comes to teaching, there are two things teachers need to perfect: learning management and student management. While there are student management simulations integrated into the training week, there is just no way to truly anticipate what your students will be like. I found that having good classroom rules and a stern attitude towards enforcing them from DAY 1 is how to set the appropriate tone for your classroom.

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Tags: Teaching skills, teaching rules, teaching at CDL, how to be a great ESL teacher, teaching tips

A Compare and Contrast with Giselle: Chungdahm Institute and Chungdahm April

Posted on Tue, May 14, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Recently, I’ve become rather curious about the ways in which Chungdahm Institute (CDI) and Chungdahm April are different. While I have only worked at an April for about a year and a half. A friend of mine had worked at both a CDI and an April. Thus, together we thought up a list of the most notable differences between the two academies.

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Tags: April Institute, cdi, chungdahm learning, teaching programs

My First Weeks Teaching at Chungdahm April

Posted on Thu, May 09, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

As I complete my third full week living and working in Busan, South Korea, I am able to look back at my experience with gratitude. Many native-speakers working with Chungdahm may agree, the first few weeks working can be quite overwhelming, especially when thinking back to training week—which ended up being a five-day intensive of information and methodology which are essential for a smooth transition to the branch location. Using this opportunity, I will be completely honest about my experience thus far. I have no regrets about applying to work for this company, and look forward to this experience of a lifetime.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, April Institute, applying to teach English, opportunities at chungdahm, aclipse

Discovering the Musical Arts in Seoul

Posted on Tue, May 07, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

My best friend took me to an amateur musical production. I enjoyed it so much that I thought it would be worthwhile to share. I am not much of a lover of the arts, nor am I musically inclined. However, for those who do love the arts, there is plenty to do and see in Seoul. Amateur productions are a great way to meet like-minded individuals at an economic price.

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Tags: musical in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

DMZ Tour with Giselle

Posted on Fri, May 03, 2019 @ 11:34 AM

Recently, I was finally able to convince a few of my friends to go on a DMZ tour with me. I say ‘finally’, because going to the DMZ isn’t particularly popular among Koreans. My male friends in particular said they dislike their time serving their military service, thus they whined saying “why do I have to go back” when I would suggest it. Still, I got my way!

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Tags: what to do on the weekend, DMZ, Weekend activities in Korea, weekend travel, unique things to do in Korea, top things to do in Korea, top places to travel in Korea

Little Big Moments

Posted on Tue, Apr 16, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

The last few weeks have been a blur with the wrap up of winter term, thirteen weeks done and dusted. With the chaos of intensives and the recent holidays, it was nice to be able to catch my breath for a bit. But amidst all I had to get done, I didn’t have much time to write. I asked my boss, Michael, on recommendations for topics because my brain was more fried than kimchi rice at 4 am. He suggested writing about the best teaching experience of my life, and the timing of it all was so strange, because after I received this, I went on to in fact, have the best teaching experience of my life.

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Tags: chungdahm learning, teaching at CDL, teaching tips, april

Spring Days in Ansan

Posted on Tue, Apr 09, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

In my first year in Seoul, I left the city approximately five or six times. The city can get a bad rep for being too crowded, too commercial, or too concrete. Call me biased, but I tend to disagree. It’s easy to do so when the Han snakes through the city’s half and Bukhansan plops right in the middle. But don’t get me wrong--leaving Seoul once in a while is good for the spirit and for the lungs. One of my favorite places to venture to is perfect for a day trip. It’s peaceful, expansive, and right off Line 4 on the subway. After a long winter, my friend and I decided to make our way down and it ended up being one of my favorite days of the year. 

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Tags: things to do on the weekends, places to see, Weekend activities in Korea, weekend travel, teaching at CDL, culture

Why I'm Glad I Went to Korea through Aclipse/Chungdahm

Posted on Thu, Apr 04, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

I had never dreamed of living abroad before I met the woman who would become my wife in 2014. She had taught English in Korea for a year and a half and talked so fondly about her time there. I actually have a Korean mother, but while I had visited the country a couple times, I hadn’t been there since middle school, didn’t speak Korean, and hardly felt any connection to the aunts and uncles I had there. When I casually mentioned how much I’d like to learn more about the Korean culture and to get to know my family there better, my wife let me know it didn’t just have to be a dream. We could make it happen.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, applying to teach English, opportunities at chungdahm, aclipse

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