If you work as a Chungdahm teacher in Korea, you’ll get a week long training session to prepare you for your first day of teaching. You learn about the curriculum, the smart boards, the tablet PCs, and the methodology. Also, it’s heavily geared towards learning how to have good learning management. It’s great because when it comes to teaching, there are two things teachers need to perfect: learning management and student management. While there are student management simulations integrated into the training week, there is just no way to truly anticipate what your students will be like. I found that having good classroom rules and a stern attitude towards enforcing them from DAY 1 is how to set the appropriate tone for your classroom.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
Now that I have been working for Chungdahm Learning for some time, I find it only appropriate to share some teaching wisdom. There are two concepts that I find to be essential to master in order to be a good Chungdahm teacher (or a good teacher in general) - WH Questions and Cold Calling.Read More
My name is Sobia, and I am from Mississauga, Canada. After graduating, I decided to travel and work abroad for a year while I figure out what to do with rest of my life. I was introduced to the recruitment company Aclipse who took me through the entire placement process step by step until I arrived in Seoul, South Korea. I accepted a year long teaching contract with Chungdahm Learning Institute. It was a great company to work with. Their one-week training wasRead More
Congratulations on becoming a ChungDahm teacher! As a ChungDahm teacher myself, I want to share my top five teaching tips that will shed some light into my own personal teaching style, philosophy, and experiences, all of which will help you in your exciting new journey. Let’s begin.Read More
The hot word in education right now is PBL, Project Based Learning.
Chungdahm Learning is taking the lead in Korea with this kind of teaching, with the launch of The Loudest Brain and its facilitated nationwide projects. The idea is that the company will generate some kind of PBL database that will showcase students and teachers ideas on the web. In turn, this will become a place where learners and instructors can go, to grow and learn from one another.Read More
Coming from University, more than four years ago now, I kept coming to the question of what is my purpose and why am I here. I felt lost and many of my college friends felt the same. There was always a big question mark after graduation and I kept asking myself "What should I do next?". With having limitless possibilities in life, it makes the choices feel impossible to achieve. Life is so big, and you only get to make these big decisions once. Before making this big life decision about what I wanted to commit myself to professionally, I wanted to explore the world and continue to find more about myself from a personal standpoint. Coming to South Korea, I know that I have achieved all of these aspirations and more, and I now have the confidence that nothing is impossible. In this blog I want to let you know how my time teaching in Korea has allowed me to not only gain professional skills, through teaching students and managing a classroom everyday, but also how my three years abroad has allowed me to learn many life skills which I will take with me no matter where I go after my time in Korea is up.Read More
One thing that differentiates a new teacher and from an experienced teacher is confidence. While most people think confidence means knowing, it actually means listening and learning. An experienced teacher goes with the flow of things, and doesn’t stress out about the small details. Showing confidence is really is all about managing your words and actions. If you want to be well-liked among your fellow teachers, and have a good status within your ChungDahm academy, then follow my tips below.Read More
Teaching abroad is all about engaging with the people and experiencing a new culture. Koreans are notorious for treating foreigners excellently, especially when they can see that a person shows an interest in Korean etiquette and is trying to learn a few basic Korean words. It is well worth trying to get to know Korea and Korean people, while living and teaching in Korea. It will go a long way with your time spent in the country, and you will encounter more unique experiences and make some friends outside of your comfort zone. Getting to know the Korean people, will help you grow as a person and also allow you to feel less frustrated with language barriers or small misunderstandings. In this blog I will focus particularly on building a relationship with the Korean staff at ChungDahm.Read More
Meet Chungdahm Learning Instructor and Songpa Branch's latest addition, Dianna Coleman. Dianna is a great addition to the Songpa team, coming all the way from Southern California. She stumbled across CDL while researching the web for countries to teach English in and somehow found herself falling in love with the idea of Korea and starting her journey as an ESL teacher at Chundahm Learning.Read More
In the ESL world Summer school happens all over. At Chungdahm Learning we have two periods of extra classes. These happen during the Winter and Summer vacation months and they are called Summer and Winter Intensives and they are usually conducted from Weeks 9-12 of both semesters. Currently, CDL is hosting their Summer Intensives and plenty of Korean students either switch over to morning classes or do intensives as well as regular classes. It is a time when the academy is super busy with Achievement testing and the winding down of a term. It can be rather overwhelming for teachers and staff, so it is best to be prepared in advance and have a set schedule to follow. In this blog I will go over the summer intensive curriculum along with tips on how you can make sure you are well prepared.Read More