My Life! Teaching in a Korean University: 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of All-Time
Although the new year is a new start for many people, I do like to dwell on the past a wee bit. Don’t worry, I’m not contemplating my return to Korea. I plan on staying in Canada until the day that I die.
I’m going to dwell on my blogging past. In this case, let’s resurrect some blog post awesome from years gone by. I dug into the stats to come up with the 10 most popular blog posts of all-time from this website. All the My Life! Teaching in a Korean University gold in one single place. Love it. And I hope you do too. It was a nice trip down memory lane for me.
#1: Top 10 ESL Warm-Up Games and Activities
Who knew that everyone and their mothers would be searching for this? But, searching they are. And then finding their way to this website. Need to get some ESL warm-up awesome going on in your own classes? Then you should probably check it out too:
#2: Why South Korea isn’t the Place for Serious English Teachers
You can check out all the complaining from me about teaching in Korea here:
#3: Top 10 ESL Speaking Activities for Adults
Who doesn’t need a bit more speaking class awesome in their life? No foreign teacher who teaches English in Korea, that’s for sure! Lots of people made their way to this post from Google searches. You can check it out here:
#4: Korean University Jobs- The Golden Handcuffs
This is another one of those blog posts that people either loved, or hated. I think there’s a lot of truth in it that perhaps people didn’t really want to hear because it paints a pretty grim picture of what teaching in a Korean university is actually like. No room for advancement, no pay raises, no academic integrity, etc. etc. It’s not a great working environment, that’s for sure. And I knew that after almost 10 years of it, I’d certainly had enough and it was time to head back to Canada.
Check out this popular blog post here:
#5: 103 Things to Do to Get a University Job in Korea
If you’re looking to get a university job in South Korea, this is the most comprehensive list of things you can do (as far as I know!) anywhere on the Internet. A few funny ones are thrown in there (get plastic surgery in Gangnam, or transition from male—>female), but the majority are super solid. Take the advice on this list and you’ll be well on your way to uni job goodness.
You can see the list here:
#6: Korea- 10 Things I Don’t Miss About You
This is a post I did after I’d been in Canada for a few months. Although Canada is certainly no utopia (ridiculously high taxes, outrageous housing prices, and terrible weather), moving here did make me very thankful to have escaped from some of the bullshit in Korea. For example, the pushing + shoving, scary, dangerous drivers, and the noise + light pollution.
Check out the complaining here:
#7: How to Teach Relative Clauses
Relative clauses aren’t that easy to teach. Sure, the grammar is pretty simple but then how to practice them in a way that’s not entirely mind-numbing and tedious? That’s the challenge. In this post, I share how I teach relative clauses in perhaps a slightly interesting way. Or at least my students weren’t falling asleep.
#8: How to Teach English the Awesome Way
If you want to teach English the awesome way, you’ll need to chill out! It’s not rocket science, so don’t make it that. Instead, just relax, have a bit of fun with your students, get them talking, and or course, keep learning yourself. It’s easy.
Check out the English teaching awesome here:
#9: The Korean ESL Industry is not What it Once Was
In this post, I talk about how the glory days of ESL in Korea are indeed done. It now seems to be a race for the bottom in terms of pay and benefits, and yet, more and more teachers are competing for these very mediocre jobs. It kinda depressed me quite honestly.
Check out the doom and gloom here:
#10: Korea, Don’t Waste Your Time
I don’t mean that you’re wasting your time by teaching in Korea. I mean that if you’re in Korea teaching English, you shouldn’t waste your time. Use your time productively to set yourself up for awesome. Get some serious teaching qualification so you can yourself a sweet uni gig. Or, get qualified for something so you can walk right into a great job when you go home.
Check out the kick in the butt here:
Anyhoo, that’s concludes our little trip down nostalgia lane. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.