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Saw your post! I've been accepted into EPIK for the fall intake! They haven't told us a specific date for orientation yet but my coordinator said it should start sometime around August 18th/19th/20th Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

Ah okay great! I found out my last day will be August 24th! It’s coming up so fast I can hardly...

Love your blog and vlogs! I know you mentioned in a post (but I can't find it) that you have been out of school for a few years so you didn't ask professors for recommendation letter for epik smoe. Who did you ask??

Thanks! I didn’t ask many professors. I just asked the teachers I was closer to. I just asked two...

4 Things in Korea I Will Never Get Used To

I've officially entered my third year teaching in South Korea.  I'm settled into my new apartment and have already started teaching at my new elementary school.  It's a challenging and exciting time.  On the same token, it causes me to reflect on all my experiences since I started.  From body-altering judo injuries, to eating dog soup (yes I did it!), to meeting the wrath of ajummas getting on the subways.

As I reflect, I recount the things that I grew accustomed to, learned to accept, and also those things that just won't get through to me.  The things I will NEVER get used to.

Cats on Leashes

4 Things in Korea I Will Never Get Used To

I’ve officially entered my third year teaching in South Korea.  I’m settled into my new apartment and have already started teaching at my new elementary school.  It’s a challenging and exciting time.  On the same token, it causes me to reflect on all my experiences since I started.  From body-altering judo injuries, to eating dog soup (yes I did it!), to meeting the wrath of ajummas getting on the subways.

As I reflect, I recount the things that I grew accustomed to, learned to accept, and also those things that just won’t get through to me.  The things I will NEVER get used to.


Korean Judo Excellence Begins in School

Jeon: Olympic and 3X World Champion
For the judo lovers out there, you know about South Korea.  Names like Jeon Ki-Young (전기영), Lee Won-Hee (이원희), Wang Ki-Chun (왕기춘), and Kim Jae-Bum (김재범) resound in the judo world as defining greatness.  Among many others.  South (and North) Korea have a knack for developing world-class judo players consistently.

Korean Judo Excellence Begins in School

Ki+Young+Jeon Korean Judo Excellence Begins in School
Jeon: Olympic and 3X World Champion

For the judo lovers out there, you know about South Korea.  Names like Jeon Ki-Young (전기영), Lee Won-Hee (이원희), Wang Ki-Chun (왕기춘), and Kim Jae-Bum (김재범) resound in the judo world as defining greatness.  Among many others.


Making Cake in a Mug with Middle School Korean Girls

English camp comes at the start of Summer and Winter breaks.  It generally lasts about 10 days and the day usually ends before noon.  At least that's how it was at my school.  Camps are usually on the drab side as I'm left looking for activities that will keep the students engaged and showing up as camp wears on.  This time around, the English Department put together a much more fun and interesting schedule including trips to the English radio station, Gyung-Ju historical region of Korea, and English library.

In addition to this, I was asked to do a cooking class.  Now the irony of this is probably too difficult to put to words.  I'm one who has trouble boiling water and even run the risk of burning it if I wasn't careful.  Nonetheless, it's how I would roll for English Camp this summer.  Celebrity chef style.  The recipe I was asked to prepare with the students?  Cake in a Mug.

Making Cake in a Mug with Middle School Korean Girls

English camp comes at the start of Summer and Winter breaks.  It generally lasts about 10 days and the day usually ends before noon.  At least that’s how it was at my school.  Camps are usually on the drab side as I’m left looking for activities that will keep the students engaged and showing up as camp wears on.  This time around, the English Department put together a much more fun and interesting schedule including trips to the English radio station, Gyung-Ju historical region of Korea, and English library.

In addition to this, I was asked to do a cooking class.  Now the irony of this is probably too difficult to put to words.  I’m one who has trouble boiling water and even run the risk of burning it if I wasn’t careful.  Nonetheless, it’s how I would roll for English Camp this summer.  Celebrity chef style.  The recipe I was asked to prepare with the students?  Cake in a Mug.


First Lesson Idea for New Teachers in Korea


I get a lot of questions regarding lesson planning.  A lot of hopeful ESL teachers wonder what direction they should take regarding their lessons and how to go about making them.  There is really no absolute answer for this.

First Lesson Idea for New Teachers in Korea

 First Lesson Idea for New Teachers in Korea

I get a lot of questions regarding lesson planning.  A lot of hopeful ESL teachers wonder what direction they should take regarding their lessons and how to go about making them.  There is really no absolute answer for this.


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