Tag: EFL Korea

Do a TEFL course or not bother?

In a previous post, I mentioned that my TESOL certification is not worth the paper it’s printed on, and that in class experience has been infinitely more valuable in teaching me how to be a teacher.

But would I tell anyone to ‘not bother’ with a TEFL course (or an equivalent)?

Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

I’ve seen this argument come up a few times in various places over the last few weeks, mostly in the Facebook teaching groups I joined when I was promoting the pre-conference survey Russ and I did. And then, there it was again on ELTjam.


A lot of ELT people feel really strongly that anyone doing an online teaching course with no practical component is insulting the industry and every professional in it. Not to mention doing the students a huge disservice.

I have the Trinity TESOL and an MA in ELT – self funded. Whenever anyone asks me what course I recommend they do, I always ask them where they want to go and teach. And, maybe, how long they plan to stay in teaching. (My personal advice being make sure you have a get-out after two years because you can only grow old, poor and pensionless in ELT).

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Limitations of ESL students when learning English with Native Speaking-English Teachers

Limitations of ESL students when learning English with Native Speaking-English Teachers

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Are you ESL students- students of English as a Second Language?

Have you ever experienced learning English or some theoretical subjects in English language in such English classes with Native Speaking-English Teachers? How do you enjoy those kinds of classes? Do you have any difficulties in learning and acquiring lessons in those classes?

This post is going to clarify some obstacles that you may have when learning in classes taught by Native Speaking-English Teachers and give you some tips to help you learn more effectively.

Limitations of ESLstudents to learn effectively in classes taught by Native Speaking-English Teachers Tips for ESL students to learn effectively in classes taught by Native Speaking-English Teachers
-Poor English language skills:

+the lack of English vocabulary

+poor pronunciation

+bad listening and speaking skill

-The consequences of those problems:

+ESL students can’t understand the lessons in English language

+ESL students find it impossible to communicate with…

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EPIK Developments In Incheon (and Elsewhere)

Or: Why it seems that the public school program no longer provides job security

A couple of months ago, news of a major blow hit the EFL teaching community in Korea. Incheon had decided to reject all of the incoming EPIK applicants. Now, there were only nine of them, but many people saw this as a sign of things to come – Seoul had already cut down their intake to only elementary school teachers, and where Seoul leads, the rest of the country tends to follow. Incheon, for instance, had been instituting the same policy.

The scaling back of teachers has a process that is usually as follows:

  • Elementary school teachers are given the option to renew at their current schools.
  • Middle and High school teachers may renew, but will be transferred to elementary schools.
  • In some cases, middle school teachers have been allowed to stay, but in the knowledge that if they leave, their school will not receive a new native English teacher.

This… this was not how Incheon handled it this time around. Continue reading “EPIK Developments In Incheon (and Elsewhere)”

Yes, I Hate My EFL Job

Despite having written posts to the contrary, I do actually hate my job.

I know a lot of people find my blog because I’m an EPIK teacher, and they want to know what they’re getting themselves into.

A lot of other people find my blog because they’re EFL teachers who hate their jobs.

A lot of people find my blog by looking for midnight runs (still far and away that most read post I’ve ever written), though I doubt that what I said is in any way relevant to what they’re searching for.

I wrote this last year, when my job stressed me out and upset me from time to time. But this year… everything got worse. I found myself looking back on the posts I’d written about how to stop hating your job, and how I did it before, and I shake my head. The advice that I gave there in no way pertains to the things that are making me hate my job now.

But let me be clear:

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Language Barriers

There’s no denying that the language barrier is one of the major points that one needs to consider before moving to another country. How will one feel when one is no longer able to carry out simple, everyday tasks, like going to the bank, or calling a locksmith? In a world where you don’t speak the dominant language, simple tasks can be overwhelmingly daunting. 

I’ve seen two approaches to this: Continue reading “Language Barriers”