So Much Free Time

When/if you come to Korea to teach English, you will quickly find that you have tons o' free time.  Long evenings, vacation, breaks, etc.  You'll wonder where the work comes in.  Wait, do I actually work here in Korea...?!

Korea Q&A: Racism, Girl Judo, Meds, CRC, Typhoons

Taking a few to answer some questions and comments I've received from my YouTube channel and blog.  Thanks to those who wrote them into me.

1. Racism in Korea
2. Prescription medications
3. Are there any women in judo?  Is judo expensive?
4. What is typhoon season like in Korea? Is it anything compared to hurricane season in the US?
5. How long does CRC take?

Reflecting on My First Year in Korea

This past Friday (7/20/12) was the last day of the Spring semester.  Also the last class of my first year's contract.  It amazes me how quickly this year has gone by.  Being that it was my first year and everything was new, I can understand it seeming like it flew by.  Nonetheless, it's over now and I can't believe it.  The year has been a bit of everything for me.  Ups, downs, excitement, boredom.  I've learned so much about being a teacher and how to do my job more effectively.  Getting to know the students and what works best with them was (and will continue to be) a great learning experience.  I'm looking forward to doing it again as I renewed my contract at my school in Busan.

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2011 Spring Busan KOTESOL Conference @ PUFS

Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 13:00


Pusan University of Foreign Studies
June 4, 2011

KOTESOL Members: W5000
Non-Members: W10,000

Spring is here! The semester is almost over and it's time to gather together and discover what new strategies are out there and help brainstorm for the future.

The Busan-Gyeongnam KOTESOL chapter presents its 2nd Annual Summer Conference on Early English, Motivated Minds and Innovative Assessments at Pusan University of Foreign Studies.


TESOL Certs - Smart People, I challange thee! Best place to get one?

Hi All,

I'm now doing my shopping for a certificate which can help me maintain a position in Korea. I plan on moving to Seoul next year, however, I don't think my BA and 2 years of teaching experience is enough to land a decent job within city limits. So I'd like to do what I can, since I have the time and some extra cash, to get a certificate to better my chances.

So that comes to my questions for the community. If you have any CELTA/TESOL/TEFL certs, could you please tell me where you got them, how much, and what you think they are worth? Or if you have a program that you strongly recommend, I'd love to hear about it.

I will only be able to do the cert online, so that means any super advanced ones, like CELTA are not an option now (not to mention I fail some of the requirements to get one), but could be in the future.

As far as I understand, the way to go with TESOL is to make sure to get a 100+ hour cert.

What's next after Korea?

A version of this article appears in the November 2010 issue of the Groove magazine.I recently did a survey on my blog, asking "After Korea, what's next?" ; while not surprising, the 127 voters were a nice blend of serious and whimsical:Teach English in another country 45 (35%) Get a Master's, Doctorate, or another piece of paper 54 (42%) Two words: TEFL certification 14 (11%) Back

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Detroit Diary September 19

 Upon ending The Diaries back in 2005. I embarked on an elementary student-teaching experience at an American military base in Okinawa, Japan. Here I was teamed up with an angry and obese Catholic woman who immediately informed me that men should not be allowed to teach in elementary schools, and so I should remain three feet away from the children at all times. Then she introduced me to her teacher’s assistant, a young army brat, assigned by my mentor to the name Chocolate Swirl. Needless to say this young lady was, like my own children, an incredibly beautiful and highly intelligent, mutt.

Question from a reader: university jobs, TOPIK tests, and TOEFL certifications

A reader writes in:
hi Chris,

i've been reading your blog for a few months now and I found it to be
pretty good...informative, attractive, well-written, unoffensive...

and then i read a few more posts today, many of them back-dated. holy
sh[!]t! your blog is awesome! as a jeollanamdo person, i've been
sweating my a[$$] off thinking of life post-brian in jeollanamdo, but
i'm really glad to find many of the same wonderful features in your
blog (although you'll never win angriest blogger).

anyway, if you have time, I'd love to know your thoughts on a few topics:
1. university jobs - finding them and any other info.
2. TOPIK exam
3. TEFL/TESOL courses

If you don't get around to it, no worries. i'll still be reading your blog.

thanks for providing such a great resource.


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