One of my biggest regrets when coming to Korea was that I didn’t begin to learn the language until my second year of teaching. If I had learned the language, I firmly believe that my first year here would have been even more amazing than what it was. While knowing Korean isn't required to teach for ChungDahm, you will find it is very beneficial to at least of have a general understanding of the language for things like using public transportation, reading a menu and understanding your students, especially if they are younger. Learning the Korean alphabet (Hangeul) only takes a few hours as King Sejong, the writer of Hangeul, made it so that that each letter represents movements made with the mouth and tongue. Below I have provided a list of common words that you should know when dealing with Korean students as well as Korean staff members during your time teaching in Korea.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
People who decide to become an English teacher overseas always ask: Which country should I teach in? The world is a fascinating and beautiful place, but here are the reasons why I decided that Korea was and is the best place for me:
Things that you should know before coming to Korea:
I have been a strong supporter of TED talks. They began in California as an annual conference about technology, entertainment, and design around 30 years ago. The speeches continue to be informative, interesting, and just a really cool way to spread ideas. When I heard the Busan International Foreign School was putting on a TEDx talk of their own I definitely wanted to check it out.
When I first arrived to teach English in Korea, I was worried about how much Korean would be spoken in the classroom. To my relief, here at Chungdahm, there should be no Korean spoken in the classroom. While this is a constant battle, here are a few tips to help keep an English only classroom.
Before I came to Korea to teach English for Chungdahm, a common question from my friends and family was always, “Have you learned any Korean yet?”
Having traversed Seoul for the last 18 months, I have come to really resent the transit system that serves my hometown of Toronto. Between the $3 subway rides and taxi fares that are never under $10, getting around back home is a nightmare compared to Seoul. I thought I should take a minute to summarize why I think Seoul has the best transit infrastructure in the world. When moving to teach English in Korea, getting around the city will definitely not be your chief concern. Basically, the awesomeness can be divided into three categories.
We’re more than halfway through the baseball season now and if you’re anything like me, you enjoy a good baseball game. Even after you start teaching English in Korea, you shouldn’t be too concerned about being cut off from your favorite sport. Naturally, you won’t be able to attend Major League games anymore, but what Korean baseball lacks in players, it makes up for in enthusiasm.