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Teaching English in Korea: Comparing EPIK, GEPIK, and SMOE programs | GoOverseas.com

Teaching English in Korea: Comparing EPIK, GEPIK, and SMOE programs | GoOverseas.com | Teaching English Abroad | Scoop.it
South Korea is a popular destination to teach English abroad. Here are the different government programs you can use to become an ESL teacher in Korea. (Before you teach abroad in #Korea...
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Is taught in GEPIK when I was over there (if I recall correctly).  There are some differences but probably the biggest determining factor on how one will enjoy their time in S.Korea is the relationship they have with their local school and immediate supervisors.

 

Koreans are notorious for bending rules as they see fit.

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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, June 24, 2015 7:30 PM

Yeah, I taught there for 4 years and it was a good experience as far as the Koreans themselves go. But the school administrators were a weird lot.. The school system is so bureaucratic and lethargic that  the foreign teachers are always the last to know anything and they're often treated like 2nd class teachers.... like imported talking furniture. The don't get the same privileges that the regular Korean teachers do.

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Try not to smile when an ESL student uses memes as writing prompts - Digital Trends

Try not to smile when an ESL student uses memes as writing prompts - Digital Trends | Teaching English Abroad | Scoop.it
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Try not to smile when an ESL student uses memes as writing prompts
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Learning English as a second language can often be an adventure in malapropisms and misunderstandings, partially because our grammar rules make no sense.
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You never know what those kids will take a mind to do.  Especially the elementary and middle school ones.

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8 Great Online Resources for ESL/EFL Teachers

8 Great Online Resources for ESL/EFL Teachers | Teaching English Abroad | Scoop.it
A selection of Internet tools that can be highly useful to teachers of English as a second (or foreign) language. The ever-growing Web has caused the

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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One of the basic strategies ESL teachers abroad soon learn, unless they like doing things the hard way all the time, is where the best online teaching resources are (and how to use them).

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wanderingsalsero's comment, June 29, 2015 3:00 PM
I think one of the challenges for teachers finding effective tools is 'finding tools that resemble something the students already like to do'. And what are the kids doing now: It's social media. That's why I think this tool that I found a few days ago is so cool and I plan in integrating it into the website I'm setting up. I've got my domain and everything: http://wanderingsalsero.gfriend.com . I was introduced to the owner of the company by a fellow I used to do some writing for and I'll be talking to him tonight to get more information about their planned expansion of the modules on the site but, considering it's all free anyway, even what they've got right now is very valuable.
wanderingsalsero's curator insight, July 6, 2015 7:25 PM

As I delve more and more into online ESL resources I have yet to see anything that compares to the gFriend concept. Not only does it address the immediate needs a the larger number of students (i.e. free, basic, and easily accessible) but it's just plan fun. The people I've given the site access to all say they love it. They're available here:

www.wanderingsalsero.gfriend.com

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EFT Business Fear #1: Can I Really Make a Living Doing This ...

EFT Business Fear #1: Can I Really Make a Living Doing This ... | Teaching English Abroad | Scoop.it
Are you working part time as you build your EFT Practice? Do you have beliefs around the likelihood of creating a thriving business? Perhaps you live in a small community ...
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Yeah, you can make a living and, depending on where you teach..... save a little money.  I taught for 4 years in S.Korea.  I didn't save any money and because of my age (63-68) I didn't get a post in a big city school like I would have preferred.  But overall, I enjoyed it.

 

You'll make more money in S.Korea than in Thailand or China but the smart thing to do is to do some kind of internet marketing 'on the side'.  You'll have plenty of free time and you can make up the difference between your salary and your preferred lifestyle with the extra income you make...perhaps writing articles or something.

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wanderingsalsero's comment, June 29, 2015 2:56 PM
I think advances in technology is going to make remote English teaching one of the hot opportunities for global travelers. This tool that I found a few days ago is one such too: http://wanderingsalsero.gfriend.com