Building a rapport in an ESL classroom is vital to having a successful semester. It takes a lot of courage to speak in another language and if your students speak freely and often it shows they feel comfortable enough to participate in your class. As an ESL teacher if you have accomplished this magic element it will help turn an average class into a great class!Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
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I took a teaching job in Korea with the plan to take a one year break away from my career as a bank manager. I never expected to stay for four years. But I have, probably because, I really enjoy teaching and I am making good money. After four years as an expat in Korea, I have learned that people with certain interests and personality traits thrive in a teach abroad job. If you are considering teaching abroad, ask yourself these three questions. If the answer is yes, and you have evidence to support your answer – you will thrive teaching and living abroad.Read More
One of the initial struggles every teacher usually goes through, whether it's teaching English in Korea or back at home in your native country, is building relationships with your students. As a male teacher I found it hardest to build a rapport with my female students. The key I have found to strengthening the teacher-student bond is becoming knowledgeable of what kids, in this case Korean kids, are passionate about. For girls I have found the best way to relate with them is through Kpop and for the boys it is through sports and video games.Read More
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.
A new job is always simultaneously exciting and scary, but especially so when your job is on the other side of the world. After working at Chungdahm for the past ten months, I’ve picked up one or two things that you can expect to encounter while teaching English in Korea that I wish I’d known before. So, allow me to be your Chungdahm spirit guide. Here’s what you should know: