Teaching in South Korea

teaching in south korea

Teaching in South Korea left me with mixed experiences

Teaching in South Korea was my first teaching job. Now, looking back through the mists of time, I realise a few things. One, what a bad teacher I was when I started out. Two, what I was being asked to teach by the private language centre was ridiculous. We were expected to get through a vast number of pages in the text books in a two hour slot. There was so much material to cover that we barely got through it and there was no time for gamification in the classroom, or reviewing target language. The students were bored, and exhausted by the time they entered my classroom and what met them inside did nothing to change their attitude. If I’d been more experienced then I may have insisted that I wasn’t doing so much material, so that we could actually explore less, in more detail and make it fun. However, this could easily have resulted in being fired. From the 10 foreign teachers employed to work at the language centre I was the only one who managed to hang onto my job for the whole year. I wonder now if that was more of a curse than a blessing!

My second job was working in a government primary school. This was a totally different experience. I worked with a co-teacher teaching very large classes of mixed ability students, if you are needing some tips for this kind of teaching, take a look at our teaching large classes post. This was a great experience, I really enjoyed the job, and we had so much more freedom in the class room. Language games, were a big part of learning process, and time had been designated for exploring the language and reviewing target language. Read my review for Oma Elementary school on allthingselt.com

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After teaching in South Korea I went on to complete my CELTA in Vietnam

Joey has been teaching overseas for more than six years and has experience teaching EAP in the UK, young learners in South Korea and teaching all ages and abilities in Thailand. She has a CELTA and an MA TESOL.