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Korean Words You Should Know While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

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.

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Tags: Students, Korean students, class management, student management, learning management, English in Korea, school supplies

3 Reasons Why You Should Pick Korea

Posted on Tue, Jul 01, 2014 @ 08:44 AM

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:

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Tags: English in Korea, expats, working in korea, Korean society, safety in korea, Money, Expenses, advice

3 Things I Wish I Did Before Coming to Teach in Korea

Posted on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 @ 03:04 PM

Things that you should know before coming to Korea:

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Tags: Korean language, English in Korea, Korean Dramas, teaching in Korea, money in korea, K-Pop, Students, teaching at Chungdahm

A Teacher Attends TEDxYouth Talks in Busan, Korea

Posted on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:14 PM

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.

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Tags: English in Korea, things to do in Korea, learning in korea, TED, things to do, teaching at Chungdahm

5 Previously Held Misconceptions About Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 @ 10:59 AM

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Tags: English in Korea, teaching in Korea, winter in Korea, misconceptions about Korea, coffee in Korea, learning Korean

English Only! Tips for Teaching English in Korea.

Posted on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 @ 10:54 AM

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.

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Tags: English in Korea, Motivate Students, teaching in Korea, Teach English in Korea

What Korean You Should Learn Before Teaching in Korea.

Posted on Mon, Dec 05, 2011 @ 11:39 AM

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?”  

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Tags: Korean language, Korean culture, English in Korea

Getting around while teaching in Seoul: Transit is Almost Too Easy.

Posted on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 @ 01:32 PM

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.

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Tags: English in Korea, getting around seoul, Teach English in Korea, teaching in Korea, Transportation in Korea

Baseball in Korea: A Spectator's Sport

Posted on Mon, Aug 01, 2011 @ 02:02 PM

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.

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Tags: Korea vs. Japan, English in Korea, moving to Korea, sports in Korea, teaching in Korea

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