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This is something I did at the end of this school year, in both my third and second grade primary school English classes. Other teachers at my school also adapted it for grades one and five. I’m sure other teachers here have come up with similar plans, but I’ll post anyway, as it‘s a fairly easy and adaptable plan to follow.

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24th-Jun-2010 04:16 pm - Visa/Criminal Check
Hi everyone. I have my EPIK/SMOE interview for teaching in Korea on Monday, and I am so nervous. Anyone got tips on what to expect them to ask? I have a general idea but they say it's 30-40 minutes long which is a long time to talk about myself...

Also, my recruiter said I have a good chance of passing (I doubt it) but if I pass, I have to have all my documents ready ASAP. I haven't even taken my criminal record check yet, or gotten anything apostilled. I was just wondering how long does it take for those to process, how long it takes to get something apostilled and how long does it take for the VISA to process?

TY for any help in advance. =)
17th-May-2010 09:21 am - Teaching in Singapore
Hello:
Has anyone had experience in EFL teaching in Singapore? Is it easy for an American to find teaching jobs if she is already in the country? And I would be interested in knowing more about life there. Thank you.
12th-May-2010 03:59 pm - Pre-screening phone interview

Hi everyone,

I am going to have a pre-screening phone interview for teaching overseas in South Korea, so I am wondering what sort of questions to expect, and also welcoming any helpful advice. :-)

Thanks much!

Christy






~~cross-posted to teachabroad 
11th-May-2010 10:44 pm - 8 year old boys
Hello!
I'm an English teacher but I haven't done much at all in the way of private tutoring before. However I'm just about to start with an 8 year old Hungarian boy who I haven't met before. His father has arranged for us to meet for a 2-hr session every week. He warns me that his son doesn't speak very good English and also likes to play and fight a lot, so it might be a bit of a challenge.
I think two hours is a LONG time to maintain his attention for one-on-one! After he has been at school all day I also don't want to sit him down with a pen and paper and teach a lesson. I need lots of interactive activities and age/level appropriate games. I would also like any suggestions for ways that I can assess his current English level so I can work out the best way to proceed over the next 6 weeks that I would be meeting him for.
Does anyone have any tips, suggestions or their own experiences to share at all? Websites, anything. The problem is that here in Hungary I don't have many materials or resources with me but I work at a kindergarten and could perhaps borrow some of their things (occasionally, and very sneakily!)
Thank you very much for reading :)
3rd-May-2010 04:05 pm - Sorry...
LLL by toocute
Hey all! I'm sorry for being vague about my post earlier. I was told that I needed to give few more details about what I require from my post below on suitable reading texts for a lesson. It can be any level and on any topic, I was just looking for a site that might have readily available texts suitable for any level on any topic really. I was given a link for BeeOasis online and stuff like that but that didn't have exactly what I was looking for exactly. So any sites like that would be helpful.
2nd-May-2010 04:19 pm - An old question...
LLL by toocute
Hello! Awhile back I asked a question on reading texts and where to find them online and so on and while I got wonderful feedback and great websites, I still need help. I'm supposed to come up with a lesson plan based around a reading text for my TESOL course and it's been a real tough thing for me to do...so HELP!
15th-Apr-2010 10:01 am - Taiwan (and South Korea)

Hi,

I’m hoping to teach English in Taiwan (or maybe South Korea) from late May or June. I’m leaning towards Taiwan, because I:
- have already been to South Korea and I crave adventure.
- want to live somewhere that is warm/hot (preferably near a decent beach).
- would like to improve on my very basic knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.
I don’t have a great deal going on for me in the UK at the moment, so I thought I might as well make the most of having a good degree from a top university and using my free time to do a TEFL course. I really want to save money over the course of the year - is it possible to save around £5000 (a tad ambitious, perhaps)? I have applied to quite a few companies that assist teachers in securing TEFL positions. All of them have been very helpful and are keen for me to go over there as soon as possible, but it would be unwise not to request impartial advice from teachers who have already experienced living and working there.
So. Even though I’ve done considerable research into both countries, could any of you possibly help me out with the following queries?

  • Have you taught in Taiwan (or South Korea)?
  • How did you find it?
  • Did you apply to schools independently or use companies?
  • Did you manage to go back to home country to see family at some point during the year’s contract?
  • I’m particularly interested in living in a large city. I’m hoping to find decent work in Taipei or Kaohsiung, but I’ll also consider Taichung.  I have no interest in living in the countryside - I did that in Japan and it very nearly drove me insane. Which city would you recommend?
  • How much did you earn and save? How much was your rent? (I have been struggling to find photographs of flats in Taiwan.) Was the accommodation decent? (Rude questions, sorry!)
  • I’m vegetarian. Did you or anyone you met in Taiwan find being vegetarian incredibly difficult?
  • Oh. Also. I’m gay. Any advice with regard to that would be appreciated.

Argh. Quite a few questions there.

I should mention that I studied Japanese at university and have lived there twice, so I do know a little bit about living in East Asia. I didn’t come out to the people I was working with and, although I ate well in my flat, eating out was a challenge. Octopus is NOT a vegetable . I did have a great time, though. :)
25th-Mar-2010 01:07 pm - EPIK
Does anyone have any resources on or experiences with the EPIK programme in Korea? I’m a bit confused as to how they operate, I know it’s a government scheme but I was wondering if there was a nationalised system or whether it varies from school to school. I think the confusion lies mainly with the fact it seems to be advertised by independent recruiters rather than on its own (unlike the JET scheme for Japan, for example).

The benefits seem okay, they appear to have more holidays (although I’m guessing you can’t really choose when you take them), but the pay is a little less than the Hagwons. I’m a little concerned about going private because a. I’m mixed race (and Japanese to boot…) and I’m worried I’ll be judged on my photo and b. I’ve heard so many bad experiences. But then I’ve looked up EPIK and circa 2002-2003 there were a lot of complaints about the system, and I wonder how/if it’s improved? I’ll be applying for both private and public in the meantime, but would like to make a more informed decision.

Thanks in advance, I’m happy to hear your views!
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