I am 24 years old and I lived in the Bronx, New York all my life. I went to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York and during my last semester I studied abroad in London. After college I took a year off, but I eventually went back to England, where I got my Master of Arts in Post-modernism, Modernism, and Post-colonial Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. After returning home, I didn’t know what to do next so I took a month-long intensive TESOL course, called the Cambridge CELTA. When I’m not studying, I love to cook and try new cuisines, so I hope to learn a lot about making Korean food!
Safety was a big factor in deciding where I wanted to teach. When researching countries I found that Korea came out on top as one of the safest, most secure countries for a new teacher.
I had an amazing experience in my first month. Even though I had gone through training, I was still
worried about so many things including my apartment and the little things that make my branch different from others such as staff meetings and the culture. The Korean staff and my co-workers however have been great. They’ve helped me so much, from how to improve my lesson plans, to handling difficult students. With the help of all the people at my branch, I have had such an easy time settling down and getting into a rhythm. More importantly, I know I am improving with their help.
My favorite part has been working with the students on a lesson and making the learning experience exciting by using integrating digital content such as photos, and videos. The most rewarding part of teaching is seeing the students light up after I put in a lot of effort to make the lesson more engaging. If you have trouble thinking of ideas on how to make the lessons fun for the students, Chungdahm provides guides to help you.
My goal as a teacher is to make my students better critical thinkers. Korean students are strongly motivated by getting correct answers and earning high grades. This is common in a lot of countries where students think only as far as the “right answer.” Sometimes the material does not have a “right answer” but rather opinions and ideas. I would like to see them become more comfortable with developing and defending an opinion or idea. The students have really fascinating ideas when you let them be themselves.
After working for five years in banking, Marc decided that it was time for a change before he got too old. He left the stress from his 9-5 job to do something new and different. After coming to Korea with a group of buddies, he landed in the Gangdong Branch of ChungDahm Learningin Eastern Seoul. When he's not teaching and taking care of head instructor duties, he is traveling around Korea, looking for the new, old, and undiscovered places to visit. Follow him on Twitter @geonmakku and on Instagram @geonmakku for the latest happenings in South Korea.