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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.”

Teaching English in Korea – General Q & A

Why did you choose to teach in Korea? Did you come to Korea having taught before? What levels are you teaching and where? Is there life outside of Seoul? What’s the difference between public and private school jobs? What’re the application processes like? How long does it take to get a job? What are the … Continue reading

To Renew or Not Renew – A Pros and Cons List

  To renew or not renew…that is the question…whether tis nobler in the waygook to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous English teaching…okay I’m done. But seriously, the question of whether or not to renew your contract with EPIK is basically the biggest decision you’ll make once you’ve landed in Korea. There are pros and … Continue reading

Student Writing Sample: Goals for the New School Year

What are your goals for the new school year? Think of two large, general goals and three small, specific goals. Tell me what those goals are improtant to you and what you will do to achieve them. I have two large goals in this year. First, improve in the high school records and sham examination. … 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

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

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

The only thing to fear is change itself…. Wait…

It was only temporary…but…last week, in the immortal words of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, my new Korean life got totally flip-turned-upside-down. Now-I’d-like-to-take-a-minute, just-sit-right-there-and-I’ll-tell-you-how-I….how my…forget it. How things changed. Long story short, part of my Winter Camp involved me teaching at an elementary school reading camp for a few days before going back to teach at my regular middle/high … Continue reading

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