Teaching

“Can I tell you something?” I’m outside one of my toughest classes, having just been told that the kids inside are crying due to being (justly) scolded. “I’m so proud that you did your speech this morning. Remember how when I got here, you couldn’t read very much at all?” This is a student from…

TEFL in East Asia Part Three: High Stakes Testing

This is part of a new series on teaching English as a foreign language in East Asia. Now that I have almost three months under my belt in Shanghai, it’s appropriate that I start to compare my new experiences with those of my 2012-2013 stint in South Korea. This is part one. For the other…

TEFL in Korea: The Bad

Teaching English in Korea is an opportunity that offers all your recruiter will try to persuade you with, if you manage to play your cards right. Whether you are a first-time traveler or an experienced world-conqueror, the ease with which one can move to Korea and teach in either a public school or private academy…

Wait…I Get to Work Here?

This is my new place of work! Avalon’s Yeongtong Champ campus, which is in the same building as several other hagwons (private institutions). We display our students’ work on the walls, and there is even a large classroom for presentations. They have a computer lab, printers, copiers…it’s so technologically advanced. If I’d had these resources…