A Letter to my Worst Student

Dear Worst Student, They say that voicing the things that bother you, even on paper, will help to resolve them. In yourself at least. And so that’s why I write this letter; not because I think that it will melt you and convince you to make my classes with you a bit more tolerable. I

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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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