Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

How Aclipse Enriched My Experience

Posted on Tue, Nov 19, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

It’s about to be a full two years since I began living and teaching in Seoul. I started my journey by applying to Aclipse. While I am so grateful for my luck finding Aclipse, I am particularly grateful to my recruiter Colette. The reason I am especially grateful to Colette is that she not only helped me find employment at my current branch in Gangnam, Seoul, but that she recommended me as someone to join the Aclipse team. 

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Tags: teaching in Korea, things to do in Korea, things to do on the weekend, teaching at Chungdahm, growing with Chungdahm, career, aclipse

Why I Chose Korea

Posted on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Why did you choose Korea? That’s a question I get asked often - both by foreigners and by Koreans. I knew early on that I wanted to live abroad after university. I just didn’t know where. Often people are surprised by my response. I guess they assume that I’ll see I was a huge fan of some K-Pop idols and/or watched a lot of Korean dramas. However, my appeal of Korean culture came in a very different manner. 

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Korean culture, moving to Korea, teaching in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm

Fun and Easy to Prepare ESL Games!

Posted on Tue, Jul 23, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

When I first started working with Chungdahm over a year ago, having never taught before, I learned that kids can complete activities much quicker than you expect. It’s always good to have a short game or craft if you have extra time at the end of class. Here are a few of my favorite games, they are little to no prep and my students love them! They can easily take anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on how much time you have, and they’re great for reviewing key concepts.  

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Tags: teaching at Chungdahm, class management, classroom materials, teaching tips, iGarten

KidZania Field Trip with My April Students

Posted on Tue, Feb 19, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Occasionally, as a Chungdahm April teacher, I get to chaperone on field trips! Recently, I went on my third field trip to a place called KidZania. This is my favorite field trip location. There is nothing for me to do because, as the name shows, it is only for kids. Thus, I just simply love the place's concept and love to see how much fun the kids have on these field trips.

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Tags: April Institute, teaching at Chungdahm, teaching kids, teaching programs

Why I Recommended Aclipse/CDI to my Friend

Posted on Thu, Feb 07, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

I lived and taught in Seoul, South Korea for a year from August 2016-September 2017 and it is definitely the best decision I’ve ever made. My first thought when I first had the crazy idea to move abroad was to, of course, talk to friends and family for advice! In these conversations, I actually learned that a friend of a friend had lived in Korea and loved it so much that he stayed for 3 years. Obviously, my next move was to talk to this person. He had the same goals as me: teach, travel and explore! He had enjoyed his time in Seoul and found it to be a very fun, interesting and safe place to live.

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Tags: applying to teach English, teaching at Chungdahm, recruitment, aclipse

First Week Down, Many to Go

Posted on Tue, Jan 08, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Hello everyone! You are now talking to (or i guess just reading?) an English teacher who has completed her first week. Some updates: Still no Wifi, still sleeping on an air mattress (waiting for my bed and it feels like forever), work is fun, and co-workers are great. Since we last met, I went to this place in Itaewon, Seoul – this is where a lot of foreigners go. I was able to hear this awesome DJ play, my friends and I loved him. That next day one of my friends from when I studied abroad in Gwangju, South Korea in 2015 visited me. We had Korean BBQ (when do I not??), strawberry macaroon bingsu, and we also went to ikea where I bought my first piece of actual furniture – a white little dresser.

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Tags: First week in Korea, living in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Apartments in Korea

Conquer the Korean Language Barrier in Seoul

Posted on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

After being in Seoul for 6 months, I decided it was time for me to learn the language. It can be frustrating wanting to communicate, but not being able to do so because of limited understanding. Luckily, a coworker of mine knew of a place that isn't far and Korean language classes are taught for free.

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Tags: Korean language, learning Korean, working in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, growing with Chungdahm, frequently asked questions

A Good Day

Posted on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

This may not be profound or educational or particularly interesting to anyone but me. But I want to write about one of my favorite days in Seoul that reminded me why I wanted to return. It’s not really resourceful, but rather an interlaced web of visions and sounds that buried my heart deep into the belly of the city, and for this I’m grateful. So if any of this interests you, read on.

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Tags: teaching at Chungdahm, Weekend activities in Korea, things to do in seoul

Christine's Week of Teaching April and CDI Classes

Posted on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

As an April/CDI instructor, I get to work with students from 1st to 9th grade. April classes are 40 - 45 minutes long, and they meet either three times each week,or two times each week. Chungdahm classes are three hours long, and they meet twice each week. Teaching April and Chungdahm can be hectic if there is no organization. The following are a few tasks that I do every day to make the workload easier:

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Tags: working in korea, cdi, teaching at Chungdahm, growing with Chungdahm, frequently asked questions, teaching programs, april

Chungdahm Training Week with Christine

Posted on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

I arrived in Seoul a few days before training in February, so I could explore the city without the stress of training. It was so cold, I ended up staying in my hotel and enjoying the convenience of delivery services provided throughout Seoul. I received my training schedule during this time, so I was able to familiarize myself with the map and metro system prior to Day 1 of training. I was also able to complete the “pre-training” course online which you must complete and pass in order to successfully complete the training week.

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Tags: working in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, training week, chungdahm learning, growing with Chungdahm, frequently asked questions

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