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#BusanDiaries EntryTWO

31/05/2016

Life seems to have flown by really fast. It’s the end of May and the days are getting hotter. So how have I been filling up my days and weeks? Since my last post I’ve been doing lots of desk warming, I hiked a mountain called Jirisan, camped for the first time, become a member of the New Philadelphia church, attended their recent retreat and visited the sand festival over the weekend. Wrapping up entry one In the last post, I…

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Teaching in Middle School part 4

27/04/2016

I asked Jennifer, to share her experience teaching in South Korea so far. Jennifer has lived in Korea before, so I wanted to get some insight of a returnee.  So without further ado,  here is part three of the series ‘Teaching in Middle School’ from Jennifer’s perspective. “Congratulations! You’ve been placed in a middle school!” So really, what were your first thoughts when you saw that placement certificate at the EPIK orientation? I felt panicked and fearful and mildly betrayed. I had fully expected…

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Teaching in Middle School part 3

20/04/2016

I asked another friend, Chenice to share her experience teaching in South Korea so far. As a new teacher, her experience was one I really wanted to capture because both Puleng and I have had previous teaching experience. So without further ado,  here is part three of the series ‘Teaching in Middle School’ from Chenice’s perspective. Chenice’s Perspective “Congratulations! You’ve been placed in a middle school!” So really, what were your first thoughts when you saw that placement certificate at the EPIK orientation? 1). I…

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Teaching in Middle School part 2

19/04/2016

I asked my friend, Puleng to share her experience teaching in South Korea so far. You could say it’s too early in the day to ask perspectives, but I think when you get used to something i.e. teaching for a while, your comparisons clouds over a little or changes. So while we’re still in the stages where those comparisons can be made, I present to you part two of the series ‘Teaching in Middle School’ from Puleng’s perspective. Puleng’s Perspective  “Congratulations!…

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Teaching In Middle School part 1

18/04/2016

I created a mini series called ‘Teaching in Middle School’ asking friends who are currently working in a middle school their thoughts on what it’s really like teaching here. I start off the series with my perspective, followed by two more friends 🙂 Lee-Anne’s perspective   “Congratulations! You’ve been placed in a middle school!” So really, what were your first thoughts when you saw that placement certificate at the EPIK orientation? Well, I knew prior to seeing the placement certificate…

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#Busandiaries: EntryONE

08/04/2016

Sunrises and sea As much as I tried to focus my phone’s camera on the background it only noticed the foreground. But you can see the glow of the sunrise right? Where my apartment is situated allows me to witness some spectacular sunrises and even sunsets. You may be wondering why I’m even up at the crack of dawn and the answer is simple – my sleeping pattern is a mess! I’ve yet to get a full night’s sleep since…

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Teaching resources for an ESL classroom

06/03/2016

Teaching resources for English as a second language (ESL) classes Recently, I’ve started teaching in Korea and it’s a pretty new experience for me even though I’ve taught before. The biggest class I taught was a class of fifteen students without another co-teacher present (with older students). I could play pretty large games since there weren’t many tables involved or students. So, my dilemma arose when I realised I now have a classes double the size and extra help (which…

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What is it really like teaching abroad? Part 2

03/03/2016

Part TWO So what’s coming up in this blog post? This post is focusing on first time teachers abroad where they’ll be watched by parents in ‘open door’ classes or speaking with parents at Parent Teacher Meetings. Click here to read Part ONE which is based on dealing with no teaching assistant and lesson planning.  Open doors In other after school activities like ballet, dance, practising playing an instrument, karate, taekwondo or other practises having parents observe a lesson they (usually)…

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What is it really like teaching abroad?

28/02/2016

Part ONE Being centre stage What is it really like teaching abroad? It’s fun. It’s scary. It’s exciting. It’s frightening. It’s frustrating. It’s challenging. It’s nerve wracking. It’s eye opening. The list can go on. You experience so many emotions and experiences all at once or over a short period of time that you sometimes feel like your emotions are colliding into one.  That my friend is also called culture shock but that’s another post. That is pretty much how I…

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Exploring China part 3

10/01/2016

Part three of ‘Exploring China.’ Clearly, I’m not very creative with titles – which I shall work on this year. Anyway, this is yet another section of exploring this giant land called China. My flatmate and I went to a city called Hangzhou (‘zh’ is a ‘j’ sound – hangjoe) which is the capital of Zhejiang province – the province I live in. Though I’ve been here for 18 months, I never actually visited this city until last week. Slap on…

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Exploring China part 2

08/10/2015

This is part two of the exploring more of China: Exploring Sanya, Hainan.  We returned to Shanghai where my dad remained for another day before leaving China and I had to go to work for half a day… The next day, after unpacking one suitcase, I repacked summery clothes and headed to Hangzhou airport with my flatmate where we headed south of China to an island called Hainan. A restaurant in Hangzhou before we flew off the sunny island.  Hainan…

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Exploring China part 1

07/10/2015

Of recent, I’ve had a little time to explore some more of China. Now, I’ve been living in China for over a year and it was only last month in September that I was able to visit Beijing for the first time. Most of the time when I have holidays I share them with the rest of the country and as you know there are a lot of people here. Usually, I’d opt out of travelling during those times because…

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