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Schoolwork in South Korea

A few weeks ago, a friend posted and article to Facebook written in the New York Times about the strain that excessive amounts of homework. The article is written from and for a North American perspective and upon reading it, I started reflecting on how different it would have been had it been written for a South Korean audience. 528 more words

Korean Life

Cultural Differences and Respect in Korea

It was just my second week of working in a hagwon when my headmaster said we needed to talk.

We moved into a small classroom, large Lego bricks scattered on the floor. 1,653 more words



I finally finished my contract in South Korea. Omg. It was difficult sometimes. The hours were long and even though the teaching was fairly easy, and I loved the kids, the constant last minute changes and rushing around was exhausting. 574 more words


I thought I’d do a post answering the question I received from all my friends considering teaching in Korea—what’s the difference between working at a hagwon and a public school? 383 more words


TN English Gwangju: The Cold, Hard Truth

Enough beating around the bush.  I’m over writing passive aggressive status updates.  If I get in some kind of trouble for writing this good, it means that I have a decent reading base and I’m capable of satisfactory social media. 413 more words

South Korea

Reason #1: Stress. Stress. Stress.

This is a negative and stressful place to work. Every moment you spend with the directors, Mr. and Mrs. Chung will be stressful. It will be stressful for you, stressful for your coworkers, and stressful for your students. 60 more words


Reason #2: You are Assumed to be Incompetent

At LCI Yeongtong everything is a favor. Anything that is professionally handled and conforms to your contract is a favor to you directly from Mr. and Mrs. 142 more words