The Importance of Looking Forward

By Whit Altizer I had the pleasure of teaching American History this semester to Korean, Taiwanese and Chinese students. Like all American history surveys, we studied from the beginning to Reconstruction in a whirlwind. It had been a while since I really thought about American history and I had never studied it from the perspective…

Get an EPIK job in Korea!

Our partner recruiter, Say Kimchi Recruiting, is now offering public school jobs for spring 2012 through EPIK (English Program in Korea). These are no doubt the best (and most competitive) jobs in the country, so you have to act fast if you’re interested! EPIK works on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the application period opens…

Get your pension back

A lot of new teachers in Korea don’t realize that you can actually get back some money at the end of your contract in regard to pension. This only applies to teachers from North America (Canada and the United States), who have an agreement with Korea. Here is what you need to do. Refund Procedure:If…

The Great Escape to West Virginia

I love teaching college. But it is also a great thrill to be able to teach Korean kids once a semester. After spending 2 years teaching some of the smartest and cutest kids in Gwangju, I can’t help but love my 4 weeks teaching Chosun University kids camp. At the end of the four weeks…

Day in the Life of a Summer School Teacher

My Classrooms: A Play Act IScene 1 Student- Teacher! Come on! Whit teacher- Come here! S- Teacher! Come here! W.T.- Okay..Do you need help, Yoon Min? S- (Yoon Min grabs Whit Teachers beard and pulls)- Teacher dirty. The scene- Eight 8 yr old students in brightly-colored summer clothes.  Some are in their seats, some not. The student next to…

Teaching at a Korean University

It’s good to be a college professor. I can’t complain at all. It has been an interesting transition from elementary school to university.  In some ways it feels like I am teaching bigger versions of my elementary students, but then I realize how much easier I have it. So far in the college setting I haven’t…

Teach Abroad in Korea

Almost three years ago my wife and I started this blog. We had just recently signed and sent our contracts. Nervous and very apprehensive, we thought to ourselves “what are we doing?!?!?” Korea seemed like a safety country, only an option if nothing else worked out. We wanted the big named countries like Japan or Thailand,…

ESL tips for teachers

So it’s almost Monday and you’re staring at scarily blank lessons plans for the week. Here are a few ideas to energize your class, add a little color to your lesson plans, and get your students speaking more English than you (and they) even thought they knew. MES-EnglishAs an elementary school English teacher in Korea,…