My semester at Kyungduk Girls’ High School in Daegu, South Korea

The Daegu Metropolitan Office of Education recently held a workshop and dinner where they invited Native English Teachers who were involved in special after-school projects to give a presentation on their work. Here is my complete presentation: Download the PowerPoint presentation Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for having me here tonight. I […]

The most amazing ice cream lesson: Confessions of a TEFL teacher

  My husband thinks I’m crazy. He might be right. Picture this: a tiny, pudgy, slightly red teacher arrives at school in the pouring rain, carrying 4 kilograms of ice and two litres of milk. Inside her massive backpack she’s got Ziplock bags in two different sizes, a kilogram of sugar, 2 kilograms of salt […]

Video: Celebrating Diversity at the 2016 Colorful Daegu Welcome Festival

  If there’s one thing about Korea I’d love to take back to South Africa, it’s their ability not only to host, but also to come out in droves to support, an amazing festival. Last weekend, I went to the 2016 Colorful Daegu Welcome Festival at the Gukchaebosung Memorial Park in the Jung-gu District (next […]

How I use my journalism skills in the EFL classroom

My first semester back in South Korea after a three-year hiatus is coming to an end, and I thought I’d share a few thoughts on a very special project I embarked on the second time around. In addition to teaching at two elementary schools in the Jungri-dong area of Daegu, I also signed up to […]

An EPIK soundtrack – 7 songs to help you cope with the stress of teaching abroad

  Let’s get real for a second; living and teaching in a foreign country can take its toll. No matter where you go, there will be days when your students and colleagues will feel unreachable to you, the language incomprehensible, the culture impenetrable. When these moments arrive, it’s important to remind yourself that: 1. Mama […]

The Daegu Stamp Trail and other awesome travel spots for TEFL teachers

The weekend before last, Sean and I started our Daegu Stamp Trail adventure.   When the time finally arrived we were more than ready (or so we thought). We had our itinerary, a map, water, biscuits and chewy fruit snacks and we set off to our first destination, the Arbor Vitae Forest. Of course, it […]

Video: This is how we do Sports Day in South Korea

  It was the day before Children’s Day and there was great excitement in the air. The halls of my school were unusually, almost eerily, quiet and the sun shone through the windows onto the empty plastic chairs. Outside on the great sports field, students lined up in front of their homeroom teachers, getting ready […]