Teaching English in Korea

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Korean Students Write the Darndest Things

Part of my job as a high school English teacher in South Korea involved giving out, and then correcting, weekly creative writing assignments. It quickly became one of my favorite parts of the experience, as it allowed my students to apply the language with more freedom and personality. It also helped me to get to know them in a … Continue reading

Vlog Entry #20: One EPIK Year in Review

Tomorrow marks my last day as an English teacher with EPIK. Without a doubt, this year was full of the biggest challenges I’ve ever faced, but also the greatest adventures and people. As Avicii says in this video’s song: “All this time I was finding myself, and I didn’t know I was lost.”

It Takes A Village

Starting last week my school moved to its new, permanent location about 20 minutes outside the city. The campus is absolutely huge and beautifully tucked into the valley of some small mountains with a distant view of the ocean (pictures to come later)! However, it makes for a bit of a longer commute and especially … Continue reading

Vlog Entry #12: Student Video Projects

In another post I explain a little bit more about how these awesome videos came into the world. So if you want to learn more, you can check that out. Othewise I’ll just get out of your way and let you enjoy yourself! A comedic introduction to some of the sports students practice at my … Continue reading

How 20% of the School Day Got Me 100% Success

The leaders at Google believe that people are happier and more productive when they spend 20% of their time at work on a personal project, something that interests them, gets them fired up and invites the creative juices to flow. So, for part of Winter Camp 2015, I gave my students the opportunity to do just that! For … Continue reading

Vlog Entry #11: “Shake It Off” Music Video Contest Winner

For part of my winter camp I decided to host a music video contest with my high-level high school students. On the first day of the project, we studied/learned the lyrics to Taylor Swift’s latest hit, “Shake If Off.” For the next week, students spent one hour each day working in groups of 6-8 on their … Continue reading

Big News!

On January 17th, 2014, I never could’ve predicted where I would be standing a year later. This last Saturday (January 17th, 2015), I woke up earlier than usual in anticipation of what was to come. By 11:00 AM I was freshly showered, my hair was combed, and my neck tie was knotted perfectly beneath my shirt … Continue reading

Wait for Me Until I Become You

Recently I’ve been giving my students mini essay assignments each week on various topics to improve their persuasive and creative writing. Below is the work of one of my strongest students. I asked him to write a letter to his future self in the year 2020. Check it out! It’s pretty great! Dear myself in the … Continue reading

Crawling Through Windows

Without a doubt, art is one of the most defining elements of any culture. It captures the spirit of people, places and time, and expresses mood, opinion, and thought, in such a way that transcends even the greatest of language barriers. Whether it be a song, play, dance or a visual composition like pottery, painting or drawing, … Continue reading

5 ESL Games for All Levels and Ages

As an ESL teacher working with middle school, high school, and adult students, I am always on the lookout for games that are fun and appropriate for a variety of skill levels and ages. Below is a collection of games that I’ve found to meet those standards! If you have any ideas of your own, questions, … Continue reading

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