A new term has started here at CDI, and with that comes new classes with new students. Even though this term will round out two years in Korea for me, the first days of new classes still fill me with a little excitement and anxiety. I just want them to like me, you know? In my time teaching at CDI, I have learned a thing or two about how to start your new term off on the right foot. So whether you're fresh outta training or you're a fellow seasoned teacher, here are some tips to implement in the first few weeks of a new term.
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When I started University back in 2008, I knew that when I finished I would go traveling. I didn’t know where or how, but I knew I wanted leave Ireland for a few years to explore. So when I found an advertisement from Aclipse on my college website, whilst I was in my finial year, I knew that teaching English abroad would be a great way to do this.
I'm home. Phew. That was a long flight.
Tags: packing, moving to Korea, teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, things to think about before coming out to korea, ex-pat life in Korea, advice, arriving in korea, abroad, appliances in Korea, appliances, the arrival store
Once upon a time the Seoul Folk Flea Market (서울풍물시장) vendors set up shop around the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul, Korea. Now they return each day to well-manicured squares of space within a recently built warehouse location. Some merchants refer to the market as The Ant Market due to its many moves over the years. Thankfully, a friend I met while teaching English in Korea and who is always in the know dragged me to the market a few weeks ago. I am very glad she did.
Coming to Korea is not only about an opportunity to teach, to learn a new culture, to learn about yourself, but it is also the place to start a career. Going through Aclipse and Chungdahm, I met a lot of new people, a lot of folks that definitely taught me something new, especially this guy, Pinnacle. From the first day of being in Korea, he taught me something that I would never forget, how to teach Memory Giga. Pinnacle TheHustler (Jason Waller), was one of my two trainers when I first came to Korea to teach English.
Tags: Korean culture, things to think about before coming out to korea, living in Korea, Korean students, advice, music, music in Korea, tips, teaching at Chungdahm, teacher, what to do after, meeting people in Korea, performer
Note from the blogger: My sisters are in town this week! We’ve been busy shuffling ourselves to as many parts of Seoul and Gyeonggi-do as we can. It’s been great.
Living and teaching in Korea has allowed me to adopt a pretty decadent life-style. I've been pampered in traditional Korean bathhouses and spas, I've wined and dined most weekend evenings in Seoul, I've adopted a Korean sense of style and I can find an item that 'I just have to have!' in any store, and I've adventured throughout Korea and flown to Taiwan and Thailand all in the last year. My teaching salary has allowed me to try, see, taste and shop my way through Southeast Asia all while sending money home to the US each month to pay off student loans and other debt.
I know some of you may not trust me as a gluten-free foodie resource in Korea. I mean, come on, I recently wrote a love letter (in the form of a blog post) to the best sandwicherie in Seoul. I've been known to indulge from time to time. Although, I swear I didn't eat the suspicious PB&J sandwich pictured below. It was 'gifted' to me at Korea Burn this past summer and although my friend and I accepted the sustenance with gratitude, the fact that a kind soul pulled it out of his suitcase prompted us to 're-gift' it to the carefree, rainbow-bearded man we met a few seconds later.
Tags: a year in Korea, eating in Korea, food in Korea, advice, eating out in Korea, Korean cuisine, diet in korea, eating healthy in Korea, Health in Korea, alcohol in Korea, gluten free in korea, gluten free
I wrote last week about finding a summer-ish oasis hidden on a side street in my Korean city. Writing that post made me ponder a few other remedies that have helped me cope with winter in Korea. Because, like I've said before, I'm not a fan of you, winter. I didn't even really realize I was in a winter funk until a week or so ago when I was walking to work and caught a whiff of that Spring smell. I think it's made of one part melting snow and two parts bright sunshine. Oh, and there were birds singing, I swear. Although snow did fall a few days later, this morning commute added a bounce to my step and placed not-too-distant and pleasant visions of biking along the Han River and wearing cute skirts in my head. So, if you're like me and need that final push to blast through the rest of Winter into Spring, here are 10 things I am doing or plan to do asap:
If you're reading this while considering a move to Korea to teach and live in Asia I can assure you you're on to something amazing. A year in Korea was just what I needed and I can not recommend the experience enough. Of course you will learn to love your students and their silly ways, you will have wild adventures with new friends throughout The Land of Kimchi and perhaps in other Southeast Asian destinations and you will gain loads of self confidence and cultural understanding. But let me give you one more reason to come to Korea. It's called Casablanca Sandwicherie and I'm not even sure why I am letting you in on this glorious secret. I guess I am feeling generous, enjoy it while it lasts.