Teaching English

So you want to teach English in South Korea?

November 7, 2010
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My own contribution to the xtranormal universe (prompted by this one on being a travel writer). I didn’t make one on Japan because I honestly couldn’t think of as many harsh things to say about the ESL system – if anyone comes up with a good one, send it my way.
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About My Students

October 20, 2010
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Long time no blog. I’m the process of changing everything to a temporary template until I find someone a bit more SEO friendly. In the meantime, please excuse any glitches that pop up. I’m sure the content will remain unaffected, and perhaps more ascetically pleasing. There are often situations with teaching kids that would...
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Differences in Learning English

September 12, 2010
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Differences in Learning English

The idea of escaping one’s national economy to go teach English in Asia is nothing new; I don’t why it’s been getting such attention lately, but I might as well put more information out there. Of course there are differences in the way children learn English, just their countries offer unique cultures. With each...
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Why Do You Want To Learn English?

September 8, 2010
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My gold class kids are pretty smart, as good as some of the most basic adult learners I had at AEON (Straight to the Point class, if you happen to be in Japan). Remember, my classes are color coded according to ability and age: white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, navy, purple, and gold....
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Why Do Foreigners Bail On ESL Contracts?

August 10, 2010
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Why Do Foreigners Bail On ESL Contracts?

Korea is haven for English speakers looking to escape the borders of their homelands and try working in a foreign land. Why? For one, it is one of the only countries to pay for instructors’ tickets going in and out. Second, like Taiwan, the salary is absurdly high given the cost of living. Around...
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The Pressure to Hear English

November 16, 2009
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The Pressure to Hear English

I take being surrounded by English speakers for granted. I imagine I’d feel completely liberated in one way if I were to return to Japan and begin my life with the Japanese people, but, in a far more accurate way, I’m slowly forgetting what it’s like to be in the language minority (never mind...
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Blogging as an English Teacher

August 6, 2009
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Blogging as an English Teacher

Imagine if you will – an average American Joe worker going about his daily life in the corporate world. Joe wakes up at 6:00 AM, grabs his $8 decaf non-fat latte from Starbucks, and drives towards the cubicle that is both his source of financial security and his reason for seeing a psychologist for...
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The Truth About AEON: Part VII

August 3, 2009
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Conclusions You’ve heard about the good, the bad, and the ugly. You’ve seen what can go wrong, what will go wrong. And hopefully by now, you know a little more about Japan and AEON than when you first came upon my blog. So what will you do? Cancel your trip? Stop filling out the...
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The Truth About AEON: Part VI

August 3, 2009
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The Truth About AEON: Part VI

Walking Through the Role A rough and concise guide to working at AEON for a year. Email me with any questions – I only mention the major events, not the finer details. Research This was originally prompted by a desire to get out into the world and experience something entirely different; to break away...
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The Truth About AEON: Part V

August 3, 2009
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Reprimands and Blogging This entry covers the experience that caused the beginning of the end of a pleasant work environment for me at AEON. No, I didn’t steal anything, insult anyone, or commit a fatal cultural error. I blogged about a business meeting. If you’ve been following me for some time (since September, at...
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