The Oscars Lesson: Part 2

I made a post a few weeks ago about a lesson that I did that went surprisingly well. It was called The Oscars lesson. The activity is essentially just “write a dialog” but disguised as “we’re all going to the Oscars next week and you have to present a script.” And it worked shockingly well….

The Oscars Lesson

The Oscars Lesson (One matter of housekeeping before we start. I accidentally just published a post that I was still working on titled “Things my students have said to me part 2.” So if you are an email subscriber, you might have received it. I’ve removed it from the site as it is not yet…

Story Time #2: The Time My Student Helped Me Get BTS Concert Tickets

This story beings a long time about when I first heard about SF Music Festival coming to Daejeon. It was one of those things that lingers in the back of your mind and occasionally you think, “I should really buy tickets for that,” or “I should really double-check what date that is.” And so, as…

An Evening in Naksan Park 낙산공원

Evening in Naksan Park 낙산공원   Friday night, after a very long day at work, I headed up to Seoul to see a friend and get out of Daejeon for a bit. That night we got some drinks with her friends from university where I was proud to understand about 20% of the conversation going…

Korean Summer: Video

I’ve taken a lot of random videos during my time in Korea so far. But many of them don’t fit into a particular travel video or experience that I’ve talked about on this blog. And as the weather is ever so slightly beginning to cool down, I thought I would put together a video of…

How I Feel About My Students

Basically I feel a lot of things. I love them more than I could have ever imagined I would but I have struggled for these past six months to try to put into words exactly the kind of love I have for them. It’s special. So that’s what I’m going to try to do in…

How I Stay Organized At School

For the record this is not a suggestion. I have absolutely no idea if there is a proper way to keep these things organized, and I’m certain that there is a better way than what I’m doing now. However, I do know that when I started teaching and suddenly had 24 classes to separately keep…

Building Relationships At Work

Being the single non-Korean person in an entirely homogenous workplace is quite a unique experience. In some ways I feel like I benefit greatly from it, and in other ways it’s quite difficult. So today I’d like to talk about the relationship between the Guest English Teacher/Native English Teacher/Foreign Teacher however you like to call…

Korea Month 6: Calm Before the Storm

This has felt like the longest month I’ve had in my time here. Because I haven’t had to teach any regular classes this entire month, the days have been very slowly, but happily, and peacefully passing by. It’s incredible how the constant stress and tension of the regular semester schedule makes the weeks fly by….

“Desk Warming” Days

  For better or for worse, this is something that gets a lot of attention when it comes to teaching with EPIK. Most people hate it, and to be fair I do too on the grounds that it is completely arbitrary and inefficient. Why do I have to be at school when English Camp is finished,…

How I Study Korean

(Before we begin this topic I’d like to put a HUGE disclaimer here to say that this is by no means the way that you SHOULD study Korean or any language for that matter. This is simply what I am doing.)   How I Study Korean I started studying Korean in October of 2015 so…