The Differentness of Things: Korea Round 2

About a week ago, a friend from home asked me whether or not Korea was treating me better this time around. I didn't give a particularly good answer, but I did promise to blog about it when I'd had some time to think. While it's difficult to determine offhand whether it's worse or better, I have found … Continue reading The Differentness of Things: Korea Round 2


I’m a new teacher! Help!

... Whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable Than my own meandering experience, I will dispense this advice now... Be careful whose advice you buy but be patient with those who supply it Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past From the disposal, wiping … Continue reading I’m a new teacher! Help!

From the Frying Pan to the Fire: My experiences going from the public school system to a hagwon

Another guest post. Patti has been teaching in Korea for the last seven years, and has a wide variety of experiences. I asked her to write this post because I knew she previously taught public school, and now taught at a hagwon, and did not seem to hate her hagwon. She has, however, delivered a lot more than I could ever have asked for. Her experiences cover a wide range of teaching positions in Korea, over various levels. My most heartfelt thanks to Patti for sharing these experiences with me, and thus with all of you.

Joining the Dark Side: How and Why I’m moving from an EPIK day job to the late shift at a hagwon

So, I decided to move to a hagwon. But which one? Before I joined EPIK, I spent years researching, reading horror story after horror story about evil hagwons with evil owners and people pulling midnight runs and so on. I was terrified that I would end up in a stinky, mosquito-ridden closet in a run down building in a street full of love motels, working for a slave driver who monitored everything via CCTV.

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)

There are a multitude of factors leading to this happening... Another is the fact that Incheon as a city is on the verge of bankruptcy. The recent Asian Games did nothing to help this situation. Unfortunately, areas like education are bearing the cost of this - and NETs are some of the casualties.