Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Giselle Responds to 11 Commonly Asked Questions

Posted on Thu, Dec 06, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

As someone who participates in ‘Connect with a Teacher’, I have some recurring questions people have for me in regards to ChungDahm Learning. They are questions they want answered before accepting a contract. I believe these to be good questions that one really should ask to feel as reassured and prepared to work in South Korea. Thus, I have compiled a few and want to answer them to the best of my ability for you. 

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Tags: frequently asked questions, working in korea, teaching at CDL

Ten Must Have Expressions in Korean

Posted on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Communication is vital everywhere and knowing the essential phrases and expressions in Korean will take you a long way as a Chungdahm teacher living and working abroad. I have put together the top 10 expressions that I use the most as these will be extremely useful and necessary when talking to locals in this great country Korea.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, Korean language, communicating in Korea

Traveling to Busan during Chuseok 추석

Posted on Thu, Nov 01, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

What’s a Chungdahm teacher to do during Chuseok 추석? Having a Monday and Tuesday off due to what is known as Korean Thanksgiving or Autumn Eve presents many great opportunities. Traveling to Busan, Korea’s 2nd most populous city, for the 4 day weekend is a great choice. Busan is located in the south-eastern province of South Gyeongsang and is a must see and bucket list item when in Korea.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, busan, weekend travel, Weekend activities in Korea, things to do on the weekend, Chuseok, holiday season

Korean Side Dishes: Banchan 반찬

Posted on Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

My love and appreciation for banchan began in Canada growing up in a Korean family with a passion for Korean food and continues while teaching with Chungdahm in Korea. Teaching in Korea with Chungdahm is an amazing experience. My students are just wonderful, they love to learn the material and I have so much fun teaching them and interacting with them throughout each lesson. Also, you will really enjoy spending time and going out to eat with your fellow teachers too, and of course, banchan will be involved when you go to eat out.

Banchan, 반찬 meaning “side dish” in Korean, are served as the prelude to the main dish. However, they don’t serve the purpose of appetizers. They add a whole new dimension to a meal and act more as complements and are eaten together throughout the meal. When you eat out, which you will do a lot, expect to see anywhere from 5 to 12 different side dishes, and the best thing about them besides the variety and taste is that you can ask for more once you are finished.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, health, Health in Korea, Korean food, banchan, food in Korea, restaurants in korea

My First Hiking Experience in Bukhansan National Park

Posted on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Growing up in Los Angeles, I’d  consider myself very health conscious. There is a range to this. LA health can become a parody of itself, with twelve dollar activated charcoal juice and any vegetable you can imagine being “massaged.” Yoga studios charge exorbitant amounts for classes that make you wonder how aligned the practice is from the place it was created. But for each absurdity you encounter when it comes to wellness, there is also gold. While raised in a predominantly Asian and Latinx neighborhood, there was a fruit stand each direction where I could buy a mango bouquet drenched in chili powder and lime as well as decades-old family run acupuncture studios passing down the stunning tradition of cupping therapy. I had the privilege of having access to so much greenery, with mountains skirting through the city, with countless breathtaking hikes that jumped out at you from the freeway. I’d run through the mountains as frequently as I could, so when I got to South Korea, I knew Bukhansan National Park would be my friend. But I was wrong.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, personal growth, growing with Chungdahm, teaching at Chungdahm, Health in Korea, hiking in seoul, hiking in korea, Korean mountains, Weekend activities in Korea, things to do in seoul

Join Me for a Korean Kickboxing Class in Korea

Posted on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Do you want to learn a new skill and get a great cardio workout simultaneously? Feeling stressed from work? Have some extra energy to spend? Come and join me for a kickboxing workout in a Seoul Mixed Martial Arts gym that offers kickboxing, jujutsu (also known in the West as jiu-Jitsu), and weight training.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, fitness, pursuing hobbies in Korea, personal growth, health, Health in Korea

Why I Applied with Aclipse and CDI for the Second Time

Posted on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

It took three and a half days for me to fall in love with Seoul, South Korea. On my way to a summer fellowship in Manila, I decided to make a pit stop to visit my best friend who lives there. I touched down in Incheon, and we made our way on the airport bus to her house which sat right on the southern half of the Han River. The subsequent hours consisted of noraebang and fried chicken, a hike through Bukhansan (I’d never met a place with a national park within not just a city, but a citywith millions of inhabitants), weaving through the countless markets and underground malls, and stunning palaces and museums.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, personal growth, renew contract, applying to teach English, growing with Chungdahm, teaching at Chungdahm

It's Summer! Time to Catch the Train to Busan!

Posted on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Busan is the ideal summer vacation spot on the Korean peninsula. It has white sand beaches, cocktail lounges, and party districts. The weather is moderately warm and often cooler than Seoul due to the ocean breeze. Busan is positioned on the southern-most tip of Korea and is a bustling city with the second largest population.

The city is a quick train ride from anywhere, with access to the KTX bullet train. Seoul to Busan takes about 3 hours and a return-ticket costs about 103,000 KRW. There are also buses that leave regularly and are an easy mode of transport for those who cannot access the train services. 

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Tags: busan, top places to travel in Korea, traveling, weekend travel, teaching at CDL, summer, summer in korea, patbingsu

Teach with Aclipse and Chungdahm: No Lesson Planning Required

Posted on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Perhaps the most daunting part about taking on a teaching job is having to create a lesson plan for every single lesson. Some struggle with every aspect of it. Others may be skilled at creating lesson plans, but it is time consuming regardless of how skilled the teacher. ChungDahm Learning is a well-established and well-organized education company that has a fully-developed curriculum in place. One simply needs to perform the lesson delivery for the lessons that have been prepared.

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Tags: teaching tips, teaching at CDL, professional growth, teacher testimonial, lesson planning

Interviewing an Experienced CDI Teacher: Matt Ellis

Posted on Thu, Jul 05, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Matthew Ellis (Matt Teacher) at our branch, and now I will share my interview with him. Matt is an English teacher from Massachusetts and has been teaching for around seven years. His major was English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Philosophy (yikes!) He has a passion for gaming, culture, and diplomacy. Matt’s family is located back in the States, but he plans to continue here in Seoul in order to get his Masters in Linguistics. Matt says it’s nice to meet you!

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Tags: teaching tips, teaching at CDL, personal growth, professional growth

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