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How to Teach English to University Students

It’s That Time of Year! The first week of classes in Korean universities have now finished and the introductory activities are done. It’s time to get into the serious teaching. But, perhaps you’ve only taught kids before and are new to teaching university students. It really is kind of a …


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Just Because Everyone Else is Doing It…

Just Because Everyone Else is Doing It… After 10 years, my time here in Korea is coming to a close and I only have one final week of “teaching.” By teaching, I actually mean playing some awesome board games with my students like Settlers of Catan, King of Tokyo and …


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Top 10 Time-Savers When Teaching in a Korean University

Top 10 Time-Savers When Teaching in a Korean University Let’s be real. Teaching in a Korean university is probably the easiest job you’re going to ever have in your entire life. Teaching hours are light, prep + grading are usually minimal, and you have no expectations for results whatsoever. However, …


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Paperwork + Prep Time when Teaching in Korean Universities

Paperwork + Prep Time in Korean Universities I recently had a question about how much paperwork you have to do when working in Korean universities. The suggestion was that perhaps uni jobs in Korea are not so fabulous once you factor in this “unpaid” work you have to do. I …


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When is it Time to Leave Korea?

When is it Time to Leave Korea? When I first told my friends, colleagues and random Internet acquaintances that I was leaving Korea at the end of this contract (plane ticket is for Feb. 15th!), they mostly acted quite surprised and said they thought I was a lifer. A lifer …


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Why South Korea isn’t the Place for Serious English Teachers

In my opinion, Korea is not the place for serious English teachers. By “serious English teacher,” I mean ones that are well-qualified (CELTA/DELTA, MA TESOL/Linguistics, or are qualified teachers back in their home countries) and experienced (5+ years teaching a variety of levels, classes and ages). If you’re a serious …


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Teaching in Korea: When is it time to go home?

It’s Been a Decade Well Korea, it’s been a decade. And we’ve had a good few years, filled with enough awesome to last a lifetime. Seriously. I feel like I’ve compressed 50 years worth of living into 10 and I’d never trade my time here for anything. And I have …


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Teaching Jobs in Korea

So you want to teach English in South Korea? Here’s what you need to know about the various kinds of teaching jobs in Korea, minus all the fluff that you get from the recruiters. Basically you have 3 choices: public schools, hagwons (private institutes) and universities. I’ll talk about each …


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Korean University Jobs- They’re Perfect, for Some

People = Mostly Cool with the Dead-End  I’ve gotten some flack from the netizens in Korea because of my previous posts where I disparaged teaching in a Korean university as a pretty grim prospect at times due to lack of opportunity for advancement (I call it the best dead-end job …


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Korean University Students-I lied, kind of when I said mine were all fabulous

My Great Students-Not all True Remember when I was talking about how great my Korean university students are? Motivated, speak English well, blah blah blah. Here’s exactly what I said in Is My Korean University Job too Good to be True? I work in the English department and so only …


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Teaching in Korea-Is it All about the Money?

I Like Shiny Things Remember the Golden Handcuffs where I talked about how working at a Korean university is like wearing a pair of them. They’re shiny and pretty and they glitter hard. A safari in Africa, a backpacking tour around SE Asia, a jaunt through Europe and you’re caught, trapped, …


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Is my Korean Uni Job too Good to be True?

Do you Know, “Golden Handcuffs?” A couple days ago, I published this post: Korean University Jobs-The Golden Handcuffs in order to explain why I’m leaving my most sweet of Korean university gigs to return home to the great white north that is Canada. It kind of blew up and even …


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Student Evaluations of Teachers + My Somewhat Cynical Nature = Time to Leave Korea?

It’s that Time Again… It’s that time of year and student evaluations are up on the Internet again. At my university, student evaluations are the sole basis of whether or not I get my contract renewed beyond my current tenure. The bad news is that the bottom 50% of teachers, …


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Korean Universities: Preventing Cheating on Exams

A few months ago, I was talking to a guy who used to work at my university. He had nothing good to say about the students, saying they were all cheaters, etc. It’s true. Students in Korean universities will cheat on tests simply because there isn’t the social expectation that …


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Korean University Students: Your Problem is not My Problem

Teachers: Get some Boundaries Boundaries, and strong ones are essential in order to have a happy, successful and long experience working in education. They’ll help you in basically every single thing that you do, from dealing with admin and coworkers, to students, to parents. Students: Your Problem is Not My …