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Learn About Giselle's First Weeks Living and Teaching in Korea: Part 1

Posted on Fri, Jan 05, 2018 @ 04:26 PM

Hello everyone! My name is Giselle and I recently began teaching in Korea this past November at ChungDahm Learning's Daechi branch in Gangnam, Seoul.  I am from California in the U.S. where I attended the University of California, Riverside for 5 years. During those 5 years, I always worked with international students and in my third year of college it was when I decided that I wanted to teach English abroad upon graduating.  It was through these experiences of being an English tutor for international students that I felt really fulfilled. I particularly found it easy to get along with Korean students which is why I decided to pursue a teaching opportunity in Korea. I even attended Yonsei University in Seoul for a semester and fell in love with the city. When I got back to the US, I enrolled in extra courses on campus to obtain my TESOL certificate - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I finished all the courses the summer after I graduated and on the last day of my certification program I was thrilled to find out I was offered a contract to work for Chungdahm.

In my two part blog series I will go into detail about my first days in Korea and going through ChungDahm's training week (featured below), along with moving into my new apartment and adjusting to live as a full-time teacher (part 2).  

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Tags: training week, chungdahm learning

Read About Morghan's First Days of Living and Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 @ 04:57 PM

Hi! My name is Morghan, and I’m a brand-new teacher with Chungdahm Institute. I’m from the east side of Washington (state) and I went to school at Western Washington University, which I’ve only recently graduated from. Upon graduating I decided I wanted to teach in Korea for a simple set of reasons: I wanted to explore, I’d never been to Asia before, and I wanted to take a risk and do something completely new. Korea seemed like the perfect country to gain quality teaching experience, all while being able to travel. Plus, school was expensive, and I can save a lot of money here.

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Tags: busan, chungdahm, training week, chungdahm learning

Meet Romy Darius and Learn About Her Two Weeks Teaching for ChungDahm

Posted on Mon, Oct 02, 2017 @ 02:49 PM

My name is Romy Darius and I am from the city of Toronto, Canada. I graduated from York University with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and obtained a TESOL Certificate and this past August, I decided I wanted to teach English in Korea. The opportunity to teach students abroad intrigued me due to my love of teaching. I have never lived outside of North America, so this was my perfect chance to not only gain experience teaching, but, to engage in another culture and make a difference in the lives of others.

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Tags: April Institute, chungdahm, training week

Top 3 Tips For Passing The ChungDahm Training Week

Posted on Tue, May 02, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

Training week is your introductory course into teaching in Korea for ChungDahm Academy or April Institute. For one week, you will be with ChungDham trainers at the beautiful training facility in Jamsil before getting moved to your working branch. Living in Korea is amazing but it is important to make sure to pass training week first. Here are my 3 key points for passing training week:

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Tags: English teacher in Korea, arriving in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Training Center, training week, chungdahm learning

ChungDahm Teacher Answers Top Questions About Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 05:19 PM

After managing at a ChungDahm Academy for 4 years and working as an Aclipse Marketing Assistant for 3 years, I get a lot of questions about living and teaching in Korea. For many applicants, moving to Korea will be their first experience living away from their homeland, so it is completely natural to have many questions about what it is like to live here. This blog is aimed to help answer and alleviate some of those concerns about working for ChungDahm as well as living in Korea. If you have any questions about Korea, feel free to use Aclipse’s Connect with a Teacher Program.

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Tags: living in Korea, applying to teach English, basic korean, Training Center, benefits of living in Korea, meeting people in Korea, meeting Koreans, training week, Meetup, save money

Learning How To Overcome Your Fears When Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 @ 02:20 PM

 “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." Paulo Coelho

Having come from a difficult job, organizing and managing children’s mental health treatment, I was pretty well shaken up. It was a very stressful job, and I had low self-esteem because of it. I felt as though nothing I could do would be good enough, and my direction in life was uncertain. I needed a different perspective. I considered joining the military, but decided against it because of the intense environment, and long contract. I did know however that I wanted to see the world and I knew that this would be the best time in my life to do so. Deciding to, and traveling to teach in Korea, I had a great number of fears. I was afraid I wouldn’t be successful in my new career, whether I was making a good choice, whether I could be a good teacher or not, and if I would be accepted by my new coworkers. These fears were resolved through time and effort, but I know that a lot of people struggle with them when choosing to move to a foreign country.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, chungdahm, training week

The Secret of Week 1: How to Have a Successful First Week at Chungdahm

Posted on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 03:54 PM

At Chungdahm Learning, Week 1 is where all the magic happens. As a teacher you will know that those first  moments are imperative for setting the tone for the rest of the semester. First impressions and introductions go a long way with regards to student management and an active learning environment. The way you handle your students and their behavior on the first day, will go a long way to making your classroom a happy learning environment and your time teaching in Korea a memorable one. 

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Tags: student management, First week in Korea, English teacher in Korea, teach in Korea, chungdahm, smart classroom, training week, ESL, chungdahm learning, teaching job, classroom materials, reward system, teaching rules, learning management

Watch Jenna Talk About Her First Semester Teaching for ChungDahm

Posted on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 04:13 PM

Meet Chungdahm Learning's newest teacher, Jenna McGonegal! Jenna, 23, is from Toronto, Canada. Jenna began teaching in Korea about 3 months ago and has almost completed her first semester teaching in Korea. As Week 14 of the Summer semester comes to a close, Jenna discusses with Aclipse Marketing assistant, Tijana Huysamen, about her journey to Korea, her favorite teaching moments and how to tackle any obstacles during CDL's training week. 

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Tags: semester, First week in Korea, life in Korea, video blog, arriving in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Training Center, training week, chungdahm learning, new teacher

From Louisiana To Korea: Meet New ChungDahm Teacher Cody Hood

Posted on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 @ 05:38 PM

HI All,

            My name is Cody Hood and I am a recent graduate from Nicholls State University in Louisiana, U.S.A. I have been an instructor at ChungDahm Learning in Korea for almost a month now and I am thankful for this company for providing an overall smooth transitioning process.

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Tags: hiking, chungdahm, training week

Watch a ChungDahm Teacher Tell Her Story About Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 01, 2016 @ 03:00 PM

Watch a ChungDham Teacher talk about what the transition is like to teaching in Korea. Learn about everything from training week, to the first few moments at your branch, to becoming an ESL teacher! Balreet Dhoot, from Vancouver Island, tells us all about her experiences and challenges while teaching and living in Korea, and working for Chungdahm Learning in Seoul. 

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Tags: First week in Korea, housing in Korea, Training Center, teaching,, training week, chungdahm learning, Banking in Korea

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