International House Bangkok: CELTA abroad.

In March 2018, my boyfriend Taylor and I did a four week intensive CELTA course through International House Bangkok.  We had been planning to take this course since the summer of 2017. Now we are CELTA Cambridge grads and have a ticket to jobs around the world!

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What is a CELTACELTA formerly stands for “Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults” but has now become known as the “Certificate to Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages.”

“Employers around the world ask for CELTA. It’s the practical English language teaching qualification that gives you the essential knowledge, hands-on teaching experience and classroom confidence to qualify as a teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL). CELTA is great for recent graduates, people who are changing career, or teachers who want to gain a formal qualification and may want to progress to qualifications such as Delta.” (taken from cambridgeenglish.org).

What is the difference between a CELTA and a TEFL? The CELTA course is specifically designed to teach adults. I have about three years of experience teaching ESL to children, so this was definitely a wake up call. But just because you get a CELTA, it does not mean you aren’t qualified to teach children. I see loads of job ads in Thailand asking for a TEFL or CELTA and that’s for teaching jobs for all ages.

I actually got an online TEFL in 2012 before I headed to South Korea. It was cheaper and way easier, but I thought I’d get a CELTA to continue professional development. And I thought, if I’m going to be qualified to teach abroad, I really want the BEST certificate, and I knew a CELTA through Cambridge was the more prestigious one.

To read on about comparisons and differences with TEFL and CELTA check here.

Why IH Bangkok? With the CELTA course offered in about 70 countries, I really just had my heart set on Thailand. I had been before and knew I wanted to end up living in SE Asia. I also knew that Bangkok would be more affordable than going and living elsewhere. The International House Bangkok school has a new location at the Trendy Building off of the BTS stop “Nana.” It’s a great and central location in Bangkok.

What’s the cost?  The cost of the course at International House Bangkok is $1,600 USD.

Here are some prices of other popular locations in the world that offer the exact same course:

  • IH London – $2,130 + $200 Cambridge registration fee
  • IH San Diego – $2,495 + $200 Cambridge registration fee

Just seeing those two prices alone shows that we saved about $1,000  at International House Bangkok for the exact same course. And bonus! Bangkok has an overall much lower cost of living.

  • You can see a list of all of the locations and varying prices here.

If you take a four week in person TEFL course the average cost is $1,500 – $2,000. So don’t fool yourself thinking that you should take a TEFL instead just to save money.

What’s the accommodation situation? International House Bangkok had a few options of where we could live for the month. It was nice because that was all sorted before we arrived in Thailand. In Thailand it’s really easy to find a furnished place with a short term lease. We ended up staying at the cheapest option on IH Bangkok’s list. That was the VP Tower off of the Victory Monument BTS station which was just six stops and very easily accessible to our CELTA training center. It costs us only about $450 USD. It also had a pool, cleaning service and a little balcony from our 12th story.

We loved the Victory Monument neighborhood because we were just steps away from what became our favorite cafe, found an all you can eat for $3 Indian food restaurant, and had our go-to Thai restaurant where plates were $2 each. We ended up eating there so much that the hostess would bring us beer the moment we walked in. I don’t remember the name of the place but it’s just across the street from the mall on the south side and has some outdoor seating next to a massage parlor.

What kind of visa do you need? International House Bangkok recommended that we get a 60 day tourist visa before our arrival. That was easily done for us through the Portland consulate. We just mailed in our passports, paid $40, and got the visas back to us within a week. It’s highly encouraged to get a tourist visa so that you aren’t sweating the stress of having to go to an embassy during or right after the course. You’ll be thankful to have it all done beforehand.

Who are you teaching? My favorite thing that I learned upon being a teacher trainee during the CELTA course was that the students got to take the English classes for free. They would put down a small deposit and get it back as soon as they attended a certain amount of classes. Most of the students were refugees from other countries and varied in ages from 17-40. Some of my students were university students studying law, businessmen and women, or in the tourist industry. While some trainees would teach 14 students at a time, my group always had an average of about six students.

Where is a CELTA recognizedA CELTA is recognized globally. However, employers in Asia typically won’t see a difference between a CELTA and a TEFL. From what I have heard and researched, a CELTA is more prestigious in Europe.

If you have any additional questions about the CELTA feel free to contact me!

CELTA LIFE AND SCHEDULE: A CELTA is a LOT of work, but it’s totally doable.

Grammar refresher courseAs a native speaker, I hate grammar. I was more nervous about this part than any other when signing up for the CELTA. Because of that, I decided to take a two-day grammar refresher course at International House Bangkok right before the CELTA course began. This did tack on an additional $150, but it was completely worth it. After those two days I felt that I actually knew grammar, knew the names of all of the tenses, understood them, and wanted to learn more! I highly recommend the grammar refresher course to anyone who may be a bit doubtful.

Here’s the honest truth of what life was like during the CELTA course in Bangkok. Keep in mind International House Bangkok brings in Cambridge assessors during the course to make sure that all of the courses around the world are the same. So regardless of where you go, it’ll look something like this:

There were 30 students in our cohort from all over the world. Native and non-native speakers and people with over 20 years of teaching experience while others had none.

That group of 30 was split into two. I was a part of the group of 18. We did all of our teaching in the mornings. The teaching was done within our groups of six. We would watch each other and give each other feedback. The afternoons were spent with our group of 18 in our teaching tutorials.

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Every trainee must teach eight 45-minute classes, observe their classmates teaching while taking tedious notes, and do four written assignments. The CELTA class hours are from 9 or 9:45 am (depending if it is your day to teach) until 5pm. You get a one hour lunch break. I would always arrive by 8am to work on lesson plans or assignments and leave right after class to go do more lesson planning at home.

So what is in the lesson plan? You will teach four lessons to elementary level students and four lessons to intermediate level students. You will have to teach a grammar lesson for each level. Don’t worry; it’s really not that bad (although I cried after one of them). You then have varied assigned lessons such as reading, writing, speaking, listening, functions, and vocabulary. During the first week you need to plan, but you don’t need to do the CELTA formatted lesson plan. Each week you have to write lessons and each week you will have less help from your tutors. They hold your hand the first week but let you become more independent throughout. By the last week, you are expected to do everything on you own and it’s really not bad at that point. For me, I would spend about five hours on each lesson plan. It was very time consuming, but I made powerpoints and had them written out in detail. The CELTA expects you to be very detailed and it can be a bit tedious for someone, like me, who is used to just opening a book and winging it. 

What are the four written assignments? 

  • The first assignment was definitely the most difficult for me. It was a lexis analysis, function analysis, and grammar analysis that had to do with the topic of the lesson. Although this was initially difficult for me, it helped me understand what was expected in the lesson plans and lessons.
  • The second assignment was about student learning. These were things that they did well and didn’t do well in class. It’s important to take notes while observing because if you take good notes, this assignment is a breeze. 
  • The third assignment was to create a lesson based off a reading. You have a lot of freedom and room for error, but if you listen to your trainers during the tutorial sessions, this lesson is fun and not difficult either. 
  • The last assignment is a self-reflection. Again, it’s easy. You just look through your portfolio and notes from the course and then you are set. You put it together, give yourself a pat on the back and are good to go! 

 

Week 1: 

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Weekend 1: We spent Saturday morning at a cooking class in Bangkok and the afternoon at a friend’s engagement party. There was zero CELTA-ing all day on Saturday.

On Sunday Taylor and I went to the center around 9am to work on our first assignment and finish our lesson plans for Monday. We spent the entire day there until we were kicked out at closing time.

Week 2:

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Weekend 2: We spent Saturday biking around the Green Lung area on the south side of Bangkok. Another non-CELTA Saturday. Sunday we stayed home to lesson plan for our Monday classes. At this point I was extremely stressed out and there may have been a few tears. Week 2 was the most difficult for me mentally and emotionally.

Week 3:

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Weekend 3: We relaxed, saw friends, and easily flew through our lesson planning for Monday’s class.

Week 4:

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Weekend 4: Bus to Koh Samet for a beachy holiday on Saturday! Woohoo!

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Overall – and looking back – I loved it. Maybe my boyfriend will laugh at that because yes, I cried a lot. I’m also just an emotional person. But it was hard, but completely doable and worth it. We made great CELTA friends and are so happy that we did it. I currently am just going to work online but hope to teach at a school in Europe in a few years and Taylor is on the job hunt this week!

What was it like getting a CELTA with my boyfriend? Honestly, I was not thrilled about it going into the course. During my interview I asked the trainer who interviewed me if my boyfriend and I could be placed in different mini-groups if we were both to get accepted. She jotted down our names and luckily took note of that. We were in the larger group of 18 together, but not in the same group of 6 which consisted of giving each other feedback. 

In the end it really worked out, we helped each other lesson plan, had the same grueling schedule, and made plenty of friends in our class throughout. Yes, I am quite a drama queen and spent a few evenings in tears because I was stressed or we were easily irritable toward each other. We had been traveling together for a bit and hadn’t had a moment apart in over seven weeks. But in the end, it worked out and it was nice to be close with someone who understood what you were going through.

So why did I even want to get a CELTA? When I was teaching in South Korea, I had a TEFL, but I had a few friend who had gotten a CELTA and they said that although it was  a lot of work, it was one of the best decisions they made. I figure that a four week course that can be a ticket to the world would definitely be worth it.

 

Words from the other trainees:

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Half way CELTA party at Cheap Charlie’s in Bangkok

 

Craig, 30-something from the UK but has lived in Thailand for 6-ish years

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“The best part of the CELTA course was working with other trainees who had more experience teaching small groups than I did. I am used to teaching classroom with about 50 students. For more experienced teachers, CELTA opens you up to new possibilities which I will apply to even my larger classes. I learned a lot from the people around me. The worst part of the CELTA was feeling overwhelmed at times with the amount of work required. You need to adapt to the CELTA requirements from your own teaching background. I felt that because I came from an institution where I was let loose to teach whatever I wanted and that had it’s drawbacks. I was very tired during my last week because of my inefficient lesson planning. Again, I had come from an institution (teaching university level) where lesson plans were an alien concept. The key is to not beat yourself up too badly as some people may have prepared in advance more than you. Just do your best and don’t compare yourself to others because CELTA is hard for everyone!”

 

Yulia, 32 from Russia but has lived in Thailand for 2 years

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“I have taught for over 11 years. Now I am working in one of the private Thai schools. I took the CELTA course in Bangkok because it’s important for my development as a teacher and it was suitable as I’m living here. I’ve known about the course a lot but my own experience exceeded all my expectations. I really liked it and it brought me great experience and new cool people in my life.”

 

Marc, 40-something from Canada

“I wanted to keep doing what I loved somewhere nice year round with great food and great people. Traveling is in my blood. As for the CELTA – work hard, but don’t be too hard on yourself and you will be fine. The worst experience for me was giving up in week three. The best experience was being reassured not to. I also liked partying with CELTA friends. The program was demanding, but doable.”

 

Leslie, 40-something from Canada but has lived and taught in Japan for the past 20 years

“I came in with 20+ years of TEFL experience, but with little training. I decided to get my CELTA to gain new perspective, to help break bad habits, and fill in the wholes that my experience hasn’t filled. Now I’m considering either a TESOL MA or the DELTA. I rather enjoyed assisting the fresher trainees and think that maybe being a teacher trainer might be a good fit for me in my autumn years.”

 

Rena, 30-something from the US but has lived and taught in Thailand for 6 years

“The best part was learning from and being inspired by all of the people I shared the experience with throughout the course: the trainers, students, and classmates. The worst was struggling to compartmentalize what I already knew about teaching. It felt like knowing how to speak a language then going back and learning the grammar. Overall, it was absolutely worth it. I think a big part of teaching is constant reflection, improvement, and growth. I saw this as a way to learn more about myself as an educator and to become a better teacher for my learners. My next step is to obtain a master’s in Educational Technology.”

 

Andy, 30-something from the UK but has lived and taught in Thailand for 10-ish years

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“The best part was learning new teaching techniques and getting a chance to use them and work out how to apply them to larger and smaller classes. Meeting new people and learning about my flaws and how to improve them was also cool. The tutors were also amazing. The worst part was trying to change old habits. The assignments were interesting but also a little pedantic. Basic and really detailed lesson plans could have been given to us as examples to show what we should aim for. Overall it was totally worth it. I wish I’d done it earlier and I’d recommend any teacher to do it every ten years or a refresher course of this type. I did it to refresh myself and get some new ideas. I’ll probably do a master’s in technology or maybe a DELTA.”

 

Greg, 26 from Texas

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“The best part was meeting people with similar goals and learning an entirely new skill since I have never taught before. The worst part was when I had worked on a really hard part of a lesson plan and it just didn’t seem to click with the students.”

 

 

 

Teaching online through VIPKID

Since the month of July I have been teaching ESL to kids in China! It is completely online through their own teaching portal. All you need on hand are a laptop with a webcam, headset (or earbuds), reliable WIFI, and a bigfatcheesy smile! Teachers have the freedom of making their own schedule with no minimum requirements. 

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Time Zones

When I started with VIPKID I was working a full time job and was teaching in the evenings. In the summer I found it was very easy to book up all of my slots in the evenings (west coast time zone). When I wanted to teach at 6pm in Seattle it was 9am in Beijing. When it switched over to the school year for the kiddos abroad, evening work was more sparse, but definitely doable. Although peak hours were early mornings for someone living in Seattle, I refused and just did evenings so that I could stay somewhat sane. Plus – this job was just an extra source of income and all went toward student debt. Peak hours also fluctuate during the holidays. So if you keep a consistent schedule (which I definitely don’t) then you are good to go!

If you live in Europe – you have the BEST schedule, and if you live in Asia you are doing alright.

Hello life abroad – I will be teaching in Thailand soon where VIPKID will be my MAIN source of income on top of a few other remote jobs. 

Curriculum

Each class lasts 25-28 minutes. I finally have it down to finish at exactly 25 every time. VIPKID has all of the curriculum planned and ready to go, but it is a good idea to prepare props – honestly, I hate props and only use a few. They encourage using a lot of TPR (Total Physical Response) which means that the more animated and lively you are, the better the class will go. No time for sounding monotone and boring while online. In fact, I use a homemade standing desk because it gives me more energy.

Lesson prep time? At first I would take about 10 minutes to prep PER class. But now I take about 2 minutes to prep for a block of 4 classes. And if I forget, I am good at winging it. During those 5 minutes between classes I write feedback, stretch, pee, drink water, check Facebook, and get back at it. 

Everyone who applies is placed to teach a certain age group based on their interview. But as you get into the vibes of teaching you can take workshops to be certified for all different levels. Although I only started out to be certified for Level 2 and 3 (younger kids – but not newbs), within the first two months I took workshops to be be able to teach every level. VIPKID teachers also have the opportunity to sub, get raises, be a mentor, and gain incentives – like referrals! Hey use my code so that I can get some $$. 🙂 The more invested you are, the more you will realize as you keep teaching and getting reviews that your opportunities will expand. 

$$$$$

I currently make a base pay of $7.50 per class (25 minutes). When I finish a class I automatically get another $1 to make that $8.50. That means that I am guaranteed $17 per hour. But then again, there are the student no shows or the short notice bookings which boost my hourly wage. 

If I get a short notice booking (less than 24 hour notice) I get an additional $2 to make that $10.50 per class ($21 per hour). Subbing also adds to the cash flow – I have not yet subbed because I have NO TIME (or just want to sleep).

All teachers get an additional 50 cents per class if they teach at least 30 classes in a month and an additional $1 per class if they teacher over 45 classes in a month. Soooo all in all, you can make about $17-$23 per hour. Since July, I have never made under $21 per hour. Payday is once per month. 

Application Process

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and some teaching experience – coaching, babysitting, or anything that has to do with kids. EMPHASIZE that on the application since its initial overview is a handy scanning system. Any sort of TEFL certification will boost your bookings but is not required. 

To be a VIPKID teacher you go through a three-part interview process. The interview process IS a bit tedious, but once you are done you are set. I do appreciate that they really choose teachers who are dedicated and really want to work. 

The first interview is with someone in China and it only lasts 30 minutes. You will immediately question your life and wonder what the heck you are doing. You will do a ten minute “mock class” and make sure to prepare! I did not do well on this part, but somehow I still passed.

(Prepare means have a good background, lighting, and a prop or two – I printed out a few emojis online because I hate buying things).

I then went on to the second interview and prepared much more. The second interview was an hour and with a VIPKID mock class mentor teacher. It was less intimidating and she was really good at telling me what I did well and what I needed to improve on. I felt comfortable doing my mock interview and practiced beforehand because I wanted to make sure I had my timing down.

The third interview was, again, with another VIPKID teacher. I did another mock class and he took notes the whole time. It went well again and I felt pretty comfortable. It was definitely a bit awkward teaching lessons to adults who pretend that they are 5 years old. But they have all done it before, so just go with it.

And then YAY, I passed! I then had a few things to check off of the to-do list to become officially ready to teach. But VIPKID is really good at having everything organized and laid out for you so that you know exactly what you need to get done.

About a week after my “hire” date I was booked for a few classes and each week I increased my booking numbers. Just six weeks of “self-employment” I made enough to book a trip to Hawaii for the fall! Hellllllo #sidehustle.

How to get bookings

  • Keep pictures updated. For the “non-professional” picture I have one of me teaching in Korea and one of me dressed up for Valentine’s Day.
  • Don’t have a lazy video! Originally my video was horendous – when I updated it I immediately got more followers and bookings. In my new video I used lots of props and talked about some of my favorite hobbies. 
  • Make sure to add as much teaching experience in the bio as possible.
  • Give detailed feedback!

 

If you are interested in becoming a VIPKID teacher please contact me and feel free to use my referral code if you are going to apply. 

 

 

FAQ about TEACHING in KOREA

Right after I graduated from university I spent two years (fall 2012-fall 2014) teaching English in South Korea. I could make an entire book about it but am going to keep it short & sweet. Contact me if you have questions. 

What are the requirements? 

  • Must be from a Native English speaking country such as: U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Pass a background check & drug test
  • Flexible and “go with the flow” work ethic
  • Able to throw down soju shots with your boss – half joking. 

Here are some FAQ’s that I have received over the  years from friends, family, and those who have interest in teaching in South Korea:

  • What’s the difference between teaching at a private (hagwon) or a public school?
    • I spent both years working at a private school. Students will go to the standard public school during the day and then off to their private lessons in the evening. This could be tae-kwon-do, computer classes, English lessons, piano classes, or basically anything that could advance them academically. The pressure to do well in school is very high. Some students would get home as late as midnight (depending on age). I was their designated English teacher for their private lessons. I had small class sizes and the lessons would last 25-45 minutes. At the three schools I was at during this time I had about ZERO prep and never brought work home with me.
    • I also taught kindergarten for the first year. This was typically kiddos ages 4-7 who would only go to school during the mornings. I only witnessed children throwing up in class twice. 🙂
  • Are there certain degrees you need in order to be qualified?
    • No, you just need a Bachelor’s degree. If you have a certification to teach you will have more options and should apply for an international school.
  • What agency did you go through?
    • I went through Adventure Teaching. They hooked me up with interviews, my visa, my entire to-do list pre-flight, and they were great about staying in touch on a weekly basis throughout the entire process. 
    • I also recommend EPIK or Footprints as I had many expat friends who used those recruiters.
  • Did you know any of the language prior to going to Korea?
    • Not at all. I tried to remember “hello” & “thank you” before I got there but I failed. However, within my first week of living there I could read the language because it is actually SO EASY. I then picked up bits and pieces while living there. You can get by without learning it, but don’t be that person. Just try! Koreans love when the westerners put in that effort.
  • Why did you choose to live in South Korea?
    • I was debating between Korea & Japan. I applied to teach in Japan but didn’t get in. It’s a bit more competitive. I chose Korea because I knew the salary was decent and I needed to pay off student loans. I couldn’t just travel abroad and not make $$. Knowing nothing of the culture and never having been to Asia, I just did it because I felt like it.
  • When did you apply and what made you apply?
    • I applied around December 2011 knowing that I wouldn’t be able to go before August 2012. If you choose to teach at a private school you can apply any time of the year and only need a month or two notice. If you apply for a public school the best hiring months are August & February.
  • Do you have any tips, suggestions, or things that you wish you would have done differently?
    • I wish I had worked at a public school. You get earlier hours and more vacation time. However, I was really lucky with the schools I worked at. Teaching at a hagwon (private school) can be a bigger risk but there are pros and cons to both. Working at a public school has more lesson prep. 
    • I wish I would have budgeted more because I made a lot of money and I spent a lot of money. But I have no regrets and was able to do so much in those two years and still save over $10,000 and pay off $10,000 in debt. 
  • Is it lonely?
    • I lived in the 7th largest city in Korea which still has over 1 million people. I had a lot of expats friends and there were always events going on. I also played ultimate frisbee and my teammates became my “Korean expat family.” There was no time to be lonely because so much was always going on.
  • What is the contract, housing, and salary like?
    • Contracts are usually a year and you are paid on a monthly basis; I made about the equivalent of $2,000 USD per month.
    • Housing is always free.
    • Some schools give you a pension.
    • You get a year end bonus that is the sum of your monthly salary.
    • You will have health insurance and the healthcare is super cheap.
    • Schools pay for your round trip flight.
    • Your visa will be taken care of by the school.
  • How did you get TEFL certified and is it required?
    • I took a 120 hour class online through Bridge TEFL. It is not required to have the certification if you are working at a private school. However, it is getting more competitive and it is required for public schools. I also just think it’s good to have so that you know a bit about what you are getting yourself into.

Overall, I absolutely LOVED teaching in Korea.

There were definitely hard times: for example, when I got rejected to stay another year at my first school, when I was lied to about having health insurance, when my boss hit on me, when I got paid late every single time during my second year, when I didn’t want to eat raw octopus at a teacher dinner and was called insulting, and when I would go home crying because I felt so bad for some of the kids.

However, I really was treated well, worked at good schools the whole time, DID get paid back for my health care, DID call out my boss who got fired, DID get paid every single penny I earned, had amazing co-teachers who always helped me out, sang karaoke until the morning with those same co-teachers, negotiated my salaries and benefits, made great expat and Korean friends, and lived in an amazing city.

I forced myself not to stay a third year only because life was too easy and I knew it was time to move on after two years.

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A letter from a student on my last day of teaching

**I would love to hear your opinion if you have taught abroad or answer any questions if you are interested.

To see pictures of when I was teaching go to my page called Korean kiddos are cute.

**Further details about teaching and living in Korea

**Teaching tips for new teachers

Korean kiddos are cute

A little summary of what was happening. Selfies, yes….Teaching, maybe.

**Photos may be horribly blurry because who knows what kid was taking the pic… Still good memories.
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Teaching the good teach
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Kindy twinsies
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Crazyyyy
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Halloween 2012 with Joey teacher
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Christmas decorating
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Coloring
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One of the kindy classes
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Need this hoody
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Cuteness forever
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Just look cute for a minute please
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Concentration
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Selfies forever
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Hi, I’m cute
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Leave me in peace
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Hair
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Love
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Can we be weird please?
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Love
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Hi, I’m super super cute
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Ajumma
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Hello? My Jesus
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To pick or not?
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Birthday card
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Selfie #126
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Valentine’s
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More selfies
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USA vs Korea
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Halloween 2013
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Last class of 2014
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Do you wanna take a selfie?
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Chess
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More selfie-ing
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Last day of teaching in Korea 2014
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Let’s be cute
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My babies
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Why are you taking my pic?
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Hello, we know we are adorable
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Just getting my hair done
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Yummy
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Spiderman
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Crazies
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Same same
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Making maps
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Yes, we are still cute
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Hey, let’s take a selfie
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Angry face
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Scootin’

THANKFUL

I missed two American Thanksgivings in a row and was a bit mopey.

 

But, no time to be sad. I have this amazing life abroad and get to hang out with super cute kids. I made them do a little project on what they were all thankful for.

Here’s a bit about what it looked like:

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  1. I’m thankful for my family isn’t sick leave.
  2. I’m thankful for eating many foods. Because some countrys can’t eat many foods or can’t eat food. 
  3. My country have peace. (no war)
  4. I can study in good place. because some people can’t study or studying in bad places. 
  5. I can leave (live) in Korea.
  6. I meet good parents. than I can go
  7. Parents bring me and two sisters because many familys are busy and don’t go trip not much. 
  8. I can communicate with god. because some people can’t communicate with god, but I can. 
  9. I’m not bad or rude child, because some children are very rude or actions is bad.
  10. I can study with Roran (Lauren) teacher!!

The above may not be PERFECT English, but still is very cute. 

First week of teaching in Korea

 

  • On the first day of school I was about five minutes early. My co-teacher asked why I was there so early and just instructed me to sit and relax.
  • I work 11-6:30 Mon-Fri with lunch breaks.
  • I teach about a 11 classes a day. Kindy (ages 5-7) in the mornings and elementary (ages 9-12) in the afternoons. I love the variety. The little kids are adorable and I really like teaching the older kids because they know English fairly well.
  • I have two other co-workers from the states.
  • Lunch is provided at the school every day. So far I have tried squid, fish, seaweed, and something really spicy that makes my eyes water. Oh, and of course, lots of kimchi.
  • The kids are always screaming hello at me and jumping all over me. They won’t stop staring at me and talk about my big alien eyes.
  • When being introduced to my classes the kids guessed where I was from. Some of the best answers were Italy, France, Mexico, and China.
  • Everyone keeps asking if I have a boyfriend or am married.
  • Don’t write your name in red! At least I only wrote my own name so didn’t curse anyone else.
  • Heads up seven up and hangman are great ways to pass a few minutes of free time in class.
  • The little kids love ABC competitions and screaming.
  • Every elementary student has a smart phone. They use it for translating and telling me when class is over.
  • For our “culture” project this week the kids are making me Valentine’s Day cards.
  • Every kid has a “Konglish” shirt. Everything is spelled incorrectly.
  • All of the kids have “English” names. Some of the boys are named Bliss, Mighty, Chrissy, Joy, Beryl, Mirror, and DRAGON.
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Study study study
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Awwwww
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Worst lesson EVER. I refused to teach this chapter
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One student’s pencil case….
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Let’s talk about cow farts

It was the best first week I could ask for. Work is a lot of fun.