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.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
One of the highlights of my last couple months here in Seoul is definitely my home. There are so many things I adore about it, from many runs to my favorite place in the world, Daiso, to rummaging in flea markets for salvaged wood, to being able to expand my pantry and become a more inspired cook. Two big highlights to mention are that I was the first tenant to move into my place, and when I arrived it smelled like fresh paint; and it’s a forty-five second walk to work. It would literally take me longer to cycle and then chain my bike. But the best part so far has been the experience I’ve had with my landlord, Mr. Jeong. I’ve never lived somewhere and felt so heard and cared for.Read More
The last field trip I chaperoned was to the Lotte World Aquarium. It was my first time visiting an aquarium in South Korea. I was just as or more excited than the students. Unlike other field trips that only have attractions for kids, a museum is enjoyable for people of all ages.
As the name suggests, this museum is located at the same location as the Lotte World Adventures amusement park. Thus, it is in Jamsil Songpa, Seoul. The exact address is as follows: 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea. Their operation hours are great, because it is open everyday of the week from 10AM to 10PM. The entrance fees are 31,000 won for adults and 27,000 won for children.Read More