A Day in The Life of a Hagwon Teacher

I was scared to death of hagwons before coming to Korea. Freshly-graduated, having never been anything but a waitress where jobs were concerned, I never even considered applying to one of those scary places for which there exist blacklists. No way Jose, I intended to stick to what was safe, and apply to the government

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Translation in the ESL classroom: a blessing or a curse?

What most people wanted to know, before I came to Korea to teach English, was exactly how I was going to teach kids whose language I knew not a bit of anything, never mind another language. I scoffed at the question, http://www.viagragenericoes24.com/female-viagra babbling about how language acquisition was an interesting thing and that they would be surprised

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The Big Review: Games to Check Comprehension

It’s tempting to want to believe that everything you teach your students goes into their little ever-changing minds and sticks for better or worse. This delusion is easy especially when you’re students aren’t yet getting tested, or if you aren’t involved in their testing in any way. You might be happy at the thought that,

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Public School vs Hagwon: a True Tale

The very first question anyone considering coming to Korea to teach (aside from, you know, “am I willing to move halfway across the world?”) is this: public school or hagwon? The debate has been exhausted on the internet, as a quick Google search will tell you. Type in any variation of the question and you’ll

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How to Cut Down on Your Lesson-prep Time

Depending on your work situation, the amount of time you spend planning and preparing for lessons might range from virtually none to bordering on ridiculous. If you have a co-teacher that does most of the planning, count yourself lucky and move on. If, however, the bulk of the planning and prep comes down to you,

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5 Invaluable ESL Ice-Breakers

As a teacher, you should be intimately familiar with the idea of using ice-breakers in your classroom. An ice-breaker, in the pedagogic sense, is a game or activity carried out in the beginning of a class in order to, ahem, break the ice. Never is the importance of starting a class off on the right

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4 Fail-Proof Middle School Lesson Ideas

  Korean Middle Schoolers carry with them a certain infamy amongst foreign and Korean teachers alike. Known throughout all of the land as a generally rowdy, uninterested bunch, Middle School teaching gigs aren’t most prospective teacher’s first choice when job-hunting, and certainly the amount of teaching positions are declining rapidly. Those of us who do

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