Korea 2014 by Chris Backe: Book Review

Korea 2014: A Guide for Entrepreneurs I recently read this book, Korea 2014: New Information and Cultural Insights Entrepreneurs Need to Start a Business in Korea by Chris Backe and really enjoyed it. I found myself nodding along at basically every single thing in it because it’s all true. Not only …

You Came to Korea for the Money, Right?

You Came to Korea for the Money, Right? Doesn’t everyone come to Korea to teach English for the money? I guess it’s not always true, but it’s often the case and anyone who says that they’re here for purely altruistic reasons, well treat with suspicion. Korea is a first world …

Call me Whatever you Want, Just not “Professor”

Well, that’s kind of Embarrassing Whenever I hear foreign teachers in Korean universities telling someone that they’re a “professor,” I cringe. Then I think, “Well, that’s a bit embarrassing, isn’t it?” There are Clearly Exceptions To be clear, there are some foreign teachers in Korea who most certainly should use …

Am I a Total Hypocrite? Some Thoughts

A Little too Close to Home? Last week, I published this post: Korea, not the Place for Serious Teachers and the backlash against it was pretty harsh. I think a lot of people reacted so strongly because as one of my friends said to me in a private FB message, (People …

Review of Profs Abroad: Is it Worth it?

Profs Abroad is a job site that compiles university jobs from various sites around the Internet into a single easy-to-search database. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t avoid those ridiculous recruiter filled job boards over on ESL Cafe if at all possible? But, this goodness doesn’t come for free-it’s $29.95 …

Korea: Don’t Waste your Time

A Reader Question from E.J. “I am now beginning my second year of teaching  in Korea. I was calculating  how I’m doing with my student loans and how long it might take me to pay them off (which is looking like quite a while). That got me thinking about.. well, …

Any Real Critiques?

There were the Lovers I wrote this post yesterday about why Korea isn’t the place for serious teachers. It went big, with more than 12,000 views in less than 24 hours. A lot of people really seemed to be in support of it and mentioned that it reflected their own …

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 …

Top 5 Tips for Public School Teachers in Korea

Co-Teaching in Korean Public Schools I recently attended the Kotesol International Conference 2015 and went to a presentation by Annie Im about Co-Teaching between Korean English teachers and Native English speaking teachers from places like Canada or the USA in Korean public schools. I’ve never taught in a public school …

Grading Participation in Korean Universities

Grading Participation: I Refuse to Do It Grading participation in Korean universities-I did it for quite a few years but in the past 3, I’ve refused to do it. It basically has to do with the classes that I’m teaching-mostly advanced level ones for English majors. If you’re an English …

Top 10 ESL Warm-Up Games and Activities for Adults

Warmer Activities for Adults Are you looking to get your ESL classes with teenagers or adults started off on the right foot? Well, you’ve come to just the right place as I have my top 10 ESL warm-up games and activities for you. You want to make your classes even …