teaching English in Korea

RTBC Day Two: Video Games in the Classroom

Reflective Teaching Blog Challenge – Day Two: Write about one piece of technology you would like to try this year, and why. What are you hoping to see of this edtech integration?

Mario Kart. League of Legends. Grand Theft Auto 3 and FIFA 3 Online. I polled my middle and high school Korean students a few weeks ago and these are their top favorite video games. This year I would like to use all of them in the classroom in some capacity.


RTBC Day One: Teaching Goals

Reflective Teaching Blog Challenge – Day One: Write your goals for the school year. Be as specific or abstract as you’d like to be!

In no particular order:


The 30-Day Reflective Blogging Challenge for Teachers

Today I stumbled across this fantastic website: teachthought.com. While it only offers a few articles specific to ESL teachers, the rest of the content is still very applicable in some way or another!


Bored in Korea? Read a book! Teakettle Mountain Released on Amazon



Slide1Teakettle Mountain, the story of one loser English teacher’s quest to not be a loser, has been re-released on amazon.com. Check out the story reviewers are calling “a joy to read”—available now for $2.99, less than a third the cost of a cup of coffee in our adoptive homeland!

Update: Now available for free!
Get your copy here.


Vlog Entry #4: The Apartment Tour

This video takes you on a guided tour of my apartment in Ulsan, South Korea! If you’d rather read about it, check out the written post here!



My First Korean Birthday: 3 years older, 1 year wiser (maybe)

From the boys!

From the boys!

September 18th, 2014 was the official one-month mark for me being in Korea! More importantly, though, it was my birthday!


I’m Special, SPECIAL! So Special, SPECIAL!

My school (the white one in the middle).

My school (the white one in the middle).

Let me start by saying that my school is special. Yes, I know that in my last post I said that everyone’s journey through EPIK is unique, thus everyone’s school is “special.” And that’s true. I stand by that. But mine is reallllllly special/unusual. And I don’t mean that to sound braggy, but it’s kinda true. Here’s why.


What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Living and Teaching in South Korea

IMG_0093Throughout EPIK’s 9-day orientation, whenever anyone asked a question, the response always began with “it depends.” Regardless of whether someone was inquiring about school dress code, vacation days, or living arrangements, there was never one universal answer. As frustrating and annoying as these two small words got to be, I’ve seen how they also hold the most truth—and that’s after just a few weeks of living and teaching in Korea.


Nine New Korealizations

Closing in on my third week in Korea, it’s safe to say I’ve learned an obscene amount about Korean culture, food, a little bit of the language, and a lot about teaching. Below is a list of korealizations (observations/discoveries/random things) that have struck me most about my experience so far (the key word being “my,” as what I observe/perceive may or may not be totally true of the entire country!). In no particular order:


(The Last) Letter from Korea, June 2014.

Dear Ireland,

If you’re not already aware I’ll be leaving in about a week. I know I’m going on about it a fair bit, but it is what I’ve been building up to for quite a while and it feels appropriate to me to talk about it a lot. Right now, in terms of being in Korea, it doesn’t feel like there is much else I should be talking about. One thing though that I’d like to make clear though is my intentions.

Never at any point have I turned around and said I have to get out of Korea for some abhorrent reason, like the usual tripe you hear about the inadequacies of Korea, Koreans, or indeed the inadequacies of those who cannot accept that this is a very different country to the one which they were raised in. I could go on here, but I won’t.


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