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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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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Teaching at an English Village (part II)

Last post we took a look at what is an ‘English village’ and how does it work. This post I will talk about how to find a job an an English village and what benefits do they offer. As I said in my earlier post, these English villages aim to provide children with a unique

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Cultural Differences in the Korean Workplace

In my last post I talked about the influence of Confucianism in the ESL classroom. We briefly discussed how Confucianism is deeply embedded in Korean culture and how you can see the effects of Confucianism even in modern day Korean society. Korea has its own unique language, culture and customs. While these give Korea its

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South Korean Education

South Korea is known for it’s advances in technology, business, and urbanization over the last 50 years, but one thing I don’t believe South Korea gets enough credit for is the schooling system in the country. As someone who has studied at Korea University – one of the SKY, or top three, schools in Seoul,

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Positives and Negatives of Working In a Hagwon

Working in a Hagwon in Korea has positives and negatives to it. Depending on the Hagwon you end up in the positives could outweigh the negatives or vice versa. As for the Positives: The Pay: The pay is better than other first time teaching jobs. There are exceptions to this, but generally for first time, teachers

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