Monday, June 30, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Koreans tend to thank the driver whenever they step off the bus. Any bus. The bus could have gone a mile or it could have gone from Seoul to Mokpo, but the response would be the same: Thank you, thank you, and thank you. Everyone says it. I picked up the habit right away. These guys deserve the credit.*
There's a bit of culture for you. I can wait to thank my bus driver--I'm writing this on the iPad--when we pull into the Dong (East) Seoul Bus Terminal because he drove this Kia bus like a sports car. I mean it. Touring never gets boring here.
Semi-obligatory note on "guys": In nearly three years, I've yet to see a female bus driver, local or otherwise.
[I originally wrote this post a couple weeks ago, but the point stands.]
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I had the good fortune to meet the man behind the excellent ELT Rants, Reviews, and Reflections blog at the recent national KOTESOL conference in Daegu. He gave an energetic workshop called “You’re Doing It Wrong. Maybe.” In it, he brought up many of the oft-repeated “Don’ts” of teaching English and asked us in the audience to consider why they were wrong--or perhaps not so wrong.
ELT Rants, Reviews, and Reflections - Quality teaching site from a man with over a decade of experience.
KOTESOL - Korean Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages: A professional group of English teachers in Korea. It includes hagwon, EPIK, and university teachers. Korean English teachers are also welcome!
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
- You’re an integral part of the community.
- You’re not just there to teach. Commitment to work and considering work as family mean plenty over here.
- You get more time to do stuff you enjoy.
Christal finished her contract and headed off to begin her next journey. She certainly made the most of her time in Korea: Every time we met felt like the first time because she was always on the road. She had boundless energy for seeing this country. She worked overtime and taught the kids well.
We miss you!