Since 2011, I have been teaching in Korea at ChungDahm's GangDong branch and have enjoyed everything about it. One of reasons why I ended up staying in Korea for so long is because of the people I've met. I have built relationships that will last me a lifetime, so when my colleague Erin Stuebben told me she was leaving I was really saddened. As she was packing for her move, I asked her if she could answer some questions for me She was great about it and on her last working day on Friday at 5AM in the morning, I got her email response. I was really touched that she did this for me. Below are her thoughts and experiences, from the beginning to end, of her time working for ChungDahm and living in Korea:Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
For over the past 5 years, I would need to go to the Seoul Immigration Office every year to get my Alien Registration Card extended. You need your ARC for pretty much everything when living and teaching in Korea. You will need it for banking, setting up internet services, setting up your mobile phone and this will be your primary ID while living here. Here are some things that you need to have prepared before going to the immigration office. This is specifically for those who are located in Seoul. If you are not in Seoul, please click on this link to find your designated immigration office.Read More
Before I begin, I just want to let my readers know that each ChungDahm location has a different set of rules when it comes to preparing for classes. The reason for this is because different locations teach different courses. Depending on the classes being taught at your location, you may need to prepare a lot of information for your class or you may not. Below I will talk about how I go about preparing for my day of teaching and encourage my fellow teachers to do the same.Read More
Learning a new skill, like teaching, and moving to a new county can be rather intimidating! Once you complete your training week at Chungdahm Learning, you are shipped off to a whole new life and job. All of a sudden you are on your own and expected to teach a class full of eager and excited young learners. However, new teachers don’t realize that there are plenty of veteran teachers at their branch, who have already gone through everything they are experiencing and possibly have three to six years of teaching knowledge. These teachers at CDL are known as Veteran teachers and if you are lucky they might be ready to help you out and be more than happy to share their wisdom and expertise.Read More
I have taught in Korea with Chungdahm Learning for around 30 months now. In that time, I have seen many students come and go. I have taught every class level, from beginners, (Chungdahm’s EC4 Level) to the most advanced level, known as the Masters Classes. I have experienced many changes to the curriculum, including the implementation of Chungdahm 3.o This saw Chungdahm move away from the traditional paper book format and transitioned to the smart classroom, a program whereby, the students and teacher each have a Samsung tablet-pc’s, and each classroom has a large flat screen TV to display the lesson. This new platform brought exciting content and a whole new interactive learning platform delivered through the tablets. And while the smart classroom certainly has advantages, Chungdahm still offer a wide array of classes. These classes range from TOEFL, to Premium classes, to debate masters' classes. This blog will look at these classes, and what it’s like to teach them.Read More
With autumn quickly approaching, a few of us teachers decided to take in the sights of Tokyo, Japan. Due to middle school testing over the last few weeks of September, my fellow teachers and I have had a lot of energy to burn off from not teaching.
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:
There are many questions people have when they look into moving abroad to teach English, and I was no exception. The main priority for me was accommodation. I live in Daegu, South Korea, which is Korea's third largest city. This video is a tour of my apartment. And while it is small, it has everything I need. Also it's rent-free and I get free internet and a really nice TV:
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So, you're thinking of moving to Korea to teach English. Maybe you already know a lot about the country, maybe you don't. But, you hear it's a good place to live and work, and you're absolutely right. However, in your internet research and conversations with family and friends, you've probably come across a lot of sweeping statements about the country and its people that have given you pause. While I'm no expert, let me attempt to mythbust some of the more common misconceptions about living and working in Korea.
Being an English Teacher in South Korea is amazing. Not only is the job great, but also there are so many things to see and do. What's more is that you can do many amazing things here in Korea, for free. Whether you want to see a festival, go for a hike or simply watch some body painting. South Korea has it all. In Daegu, South Koreas, third largest city, this is certainly the case. Last weekend, I decided to visit the Local Arboretum. The last time we went here it was autumn, so all of the trees were red, gold and yellow, it was amazing. This time, however, it was spring. The sun was out, it was warm & there were flowers everywhere. What makes this even more awesome is that this area used to be landfill, that's right, a landfill. Around seven years ago, Daegu City decided to turn this wasteland into something useful, and wow did they do just that.
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