Teaching Large ESL Classes in South Korea

Teaching large ESL classes in South KoreaI worked with EPIK in both small and large class environments and I generally enjoyed teaching larger classes more. This article will explain more about class participation, working with the co-teacher, and how to discipline your students in large classes.

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Teaching English in Yeosu, South Korea

Teaching English in Yeosu South Korea If you have an interest in living on the Korean coast, you may want to teach English in Yeosu. This city is located on the southern coast in the Jeollanamdo region. Yeosu is the perfect mix of city and gorgeous natural views; it’s no wonder why so many expats choose to teach English here. Keep reading to learn about some of the top reasons you’ll love living in Yeosu, South Korea.

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5 Reasons I Chose to Teach English in Rural South Korea

TESOL in rural South KoreaIf you’re thinking about teaching English in South Korea, you may want to consider rural areas. Big cities like Seoul offer a lot to do and see, but the rural areas are also full of adventure as well as gorgeous views. You may be wondering what life will be like in the countryside. Luckily, there are many perks to living in rural South Korea. Keep reading to find out more about what to expect!

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Why I Love Teaching English in Seoul

Teaching English in SeoulAfter my first year in Busan, there was still plenty to see and do, and I wanted to continue teaching English in Seoul to explore a bigger city with more exciting options. My easy, breezy, beach life is over, and now the bright lights of the Seoul keep me awake and alive at all hours. I have had so many opportunities for me to explore all of my interests in Soeul. My life is incredibly exciting all thanks to this history and culture-rich city, which never seems to sleep! Here are the top 5 reasons I love teaching English in Seoul.

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5 Things You Will Love About Teaching English in Busan

Teaching English in BusanWhen I researched TESOL jobs in Korea, I knew the country was pretty small as a whole and only considered the capital. I had had a close friend who taught in a small suburb and loved it, so I jumped at the opportunity to head to the hustle and bustle of another city. About a month before leaving for my new job, I met someone who said they would be teaching English in Busan. I knew a few others who had spent time teaching in Busan, and I had to admit that it was very attractive having been called the Vancouver or Miami of Korea. Having lived in Vancouver and having visited Miami, these two cities could not be more different. I was intrigued! I knew I had to visit, so I put it on my Korea bucket list.  I had no job and no apartment, but I boarded the KTX with two large suitcases, a heavy duffel bag, and my big girl purse, and took the bullet train down to Busan. Within a few days everything was sorted and I started a new job in Hwamyeong, a “new city” suburb in the North West pocket of Busan (a $12 cab ride to the Gimhae Airport or 45 minutes on the subway and the light-rail rapid transit). Here are 5 things I love about teaching English in Busan!

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Teaching Private English Lessons in South Korea is Illegal!

Teaching Private English Lessons in South KoreaTeaching private English lessons in South Korea is a big part of many teachers’ lives as they try to save a little bit more money. In fact, in my 18 months of teaching English in Korea, I don’t think that I met a single teacher who had not taught at least one private lesson, and I encountered some who juggled so many private lessons around their regular schedules that they barely had time to do anything but teach. Yet there is one very important thing to note about teaching private lessons – it’s illegal. When you are granted the Foreign Language Teaching (E-2) Visa, it expressly defines that you can work for one company only, the one for whom the visa has been granted. So why is it that so many teachers do it? Money.

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Visit Jeju Island While Teaching English in South Korea!

Teaching English in Jeju Island jobs and certificationKoreans refer to it as the Hawaii of South Korea and while there are many differences between the islands, the sentiment is clear – Jeju Island is a very nice place. During my first twelve months of teaching English in Daegu, many of my students told me that their dream place to visit in the whole world was Jeju island. Despite this, I never went. I left South Korea after twelve months having never visited Jeju and thinking full well that I never would. Fast forward a couple of years and I met a lovely young lady – oh, how they change things – who was offered a job teaching English in Seogwipo, Jeju Island. Very unexpectedly I found myself returning to Korea. Daegu was a city of 2.5 million people and while I enjoyed my time there, I very much wished not to return because my life had taken a new path. Fortunately I had returned to somewhere completely new – a place I couldn’t have ever imagined existing in Korea.

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5 Reasons to Teach English in Daegu, South Korea

Teach English in Daegu South KoreaI arrived in Daegu knowing nothing about it except that it had a population of around 2.5 million people. It wasn’t that there wasn’t information available on the internet, it was simply that I chose not to research where I was going. After a skiing accident in France in which I broke my back, I had come to the decision that my next step in life would be to teach English in South Korea for a year. Coming from a small village of a few hundred people, my main requirement was that I didn’t want to live in Seoul, a city with a metropolitan population of 25 million people, simply because it was very big.

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How to Be a Vegetarian in South Korea

How to be a vegetarian in south koreaOne of the best parts of teaching English abroad is getting the opportunity to go on culinary adventures and try unique foods. This can certainly still be the case for vegetarians, but it does require a bit more care and stealth when trying to figure out just what ingredients are in different dishes. In South Korea, this challenge is particularly prevalent. As a carnivore’s paradise, South Korean cuisine is almost entirely centered around meat, seafood, and rice, and oftentimes it can be hard to distinguish what is what. To top this off, a lot of the vegetable side dishes are coated in gochujang, a red chili paste that often has traces of fish bits in it. Dining out alone can also be a challenge, as meals at restaurants are almost always served family style, with large pots and bowls of various dishes making up a spread across the table. This makes it pretty hard to go out to eat with a group of people, especially if you are the lone vegetarian. In this article, I will tell you how to thrive as a vegetarian when teaching English in South Korea.

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10 Reasons to Teach English in South Korea

10 Reasons to Teach English in South KoreaThe first reason to teach English in South Korea is that it is very easy to get a job, especially if you’re a first-time teacher. Learning English is mandatory in South Korean public schools, meaning there is a huge demand for native speakers to teach. English is highly valued in their culture as well, to the extent that almost every child attends an after-school English academy in addition to participating in regular class at school. This allows potential teachers to have a variety of options when it comes to choosing a teaching job in South Korea. The requirements are also pretty basic. Legally, you must have a bachelors degree, but your major is irrelevant. Employers are more interested in you being a native speaker. However, the public school program (EPIK) recently passed a new law stating that any teacher who’d like to be considered must have a 120-hour TEFL certificate or higher qualification. Private academies (or ‘Hagwons’) get to make their own rules and decisions regarding this. Below are 9 more reasons to teach English in South Korea!

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