EPIK and Teaching

Warning: Side Effects

Warning: Side Effects

Foreign travel, exotic foods, affordable health insurance; these are only some of the positive benefits EPIK has been proven to give users. But teaching English in Korea is not for everyone; read all warnings and contraindications carefully before deciding if EPIK is right for you. Side effects […]

Sports Day!

Sports Day!

They looked like a UN delegation; well-groomed men and women in somber suits, bowing and shaking hands under a canopy of international flags. In fact, it was Sports Day, the Korean elementary school equivalent of Field Day back home. Parents and grandparents filled one set […]

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!

There is a super hero in this world watching over ESL teachers in their hour of need. He is a brave man, selfless and true. His tireless efforts have saved many a lesson plan from the deadly sin of boredom. Who is this worthy hero, […]

Plummet

Plummet

I was running late. As usual. My black sandals clattered against the stairs as I dashed to the 4th grade homeroom. The new schedule eliminated my between-class breaks; I was supposed to begin a lesson on the second floor as I was finishing one on the first. I […]

School lunch

School lunch

I had oysters for the first time in the school cafeteria. Anyone else creeped out by that sentence? Seriously, imagine a grade school hot lunch line–limp fish stix, soggy french fries, butterscotch pudding from a can, all served by bulky women in green hairnets and damp plastic gloves. Now add oysters. […]

A Cautionary Tale

A Cautionary Tale

In Korea, you’ve gotta watch your butt. Otherwise it’s going to get poked. It goes like this. You’re teaching a class of, let’s say, third graders. One of them, a chubby little guy who’s been coloring industriously, accidently drops his green pencil on the floor. […]

Cough, Cough

Cough, Cough

You may have noticed I missed posting last week. I have a doctor’s note. *** “Ah. Well, ok. Thank you,” Erin said. She was talking on the phone. “What’s up?” I said. I sniffed, gave a tight, hard cough and winced. Yup, this was definitely […]

Lazy Days

Lazy Days

A note on Korean hygiene standards.

Psy-chotic

Psy-chotic

As you’ve probably heard, Psy’s hit song Gangnam Style recently became the most played video in the history of YouTube. What you may not know is that the force behind this achievement is a first-grade class in a tiny village in rural Korea. I kid […]

Miss Manners Goes To Dinner

Miss Manners Goes To Dinner

A few basic rules of etiquette for a Korean teacher dinner: 1) No eating until the principal arrives. Like most Korean social conventions, this is a sign of respect toward the highest ranking person in the room. Or, in this case, not in the room. In […]