teachinginkorea

Teaching at a Korean University

I have talked about how to find a teaching job in Korea and what it’s like to work at a private academy (hagwon) —but I want to share a bit about my experience teaching at a Korean university for two years.

A lot of college graduates come to teach in Korea for a new experience and/or the hope of saving a lot of money. A university job in Korea is ideal because you work less hours (12-18 teaching hours a week) and have a fantastic amount of paid vacation (3-5 months of the year). These days, university jobs are very competitive; it’s based on who you know and how great your resume is. 


enseoulment:Does it even matter how I format my resume for teaching jobs in Korea?  I mean, yeah,...

enseoulment:

Does it even matter how I format my resume for teaching jobs in Korea?  I mean, yeah, keep it neat and concise, but do I have to stress over whether to put my education before or after my work experience?

Education and certifications listed first. Make it simple for employers to see that you can obtain a work visa (with a Bachelor’s degree) and if you might ask for more money (because of the certifications).


What do you recommend packing for a first teacher living a year in S.K? What clothes, etc?

First of all, I recommend bringing at least $1000 USD of spending cash for the first month. Pack toiletries as if you were going on vacation, just so you have enough until you are fully settled into your apartment.

Between Costco, Gmarket, iHerb, and foreign marts, I’ve found that most things can be purchased here -especially if you’re willing to pay more. I believe in the old adage that if Koreans can live without it their whole lives, you can probably live without it for a year, but I’ll still humor your question with an educated response.

Bedding: I have never wasted precious luggage space this way, but friends swear by packing their favorite fleece blankets, jersey sheets, or fitted/flat sheets. All these items can be extremely difficult to find in Korea.

Birth control: If you prefer a certain brand of condoms or pills, stock up in your home country and bring them over.


A fun activity to do with my kindergarteners is something I call...



A fun activity to do with my kindergarteners is something I call “mixing animals.” I ask my students what their two favorite animals are, and we combine them, or as I tell them, “mix them together.”

Often the children pick insects (e.g. butterflies and dragonflies), but there aren’t any rules. I do recommend helping them when naming their new creature, or you’ll end up with “buttham” which is the combination of a butterfly and hamster.


I work at a private academy (called a hagwon [학원] in Korea) as...


















My school went on a field trip to an indoor playground. We all...




This looks dangerous.










What a cute lunch!

My school went on a field trip to an indoor playground. We all had fun.


An activity I like to do with my kindergarteners is a pizza...



An activity I like to do with my kindergarteners is a pizza craft. I have cards with various vocabulary, such as pepperoni, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, cheese, dough, and tomato sauce. This is a breakdown of the activity:


I like to do this teaching activity when it has recently been...









I like to do this teaching activity when it has recently been snowing. There are many ways to go about this activity, but this is usually how I do it:


Around Christmas, I like to make snow globes with my students....





Around Christmas, I like to make snow globes with my students. It’s easy to find different kinds of glass containers. You can glue figurines to the inside of the lid of the jar, but I like to laminate pictures of the students. Here are the steps to making your own:


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