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 […]

Tribute to an Anonymous Ajumma: On losing my wallet in Korea

The minute I stepped off the bus, I knew something was wrong. I looked down at my red dress as if it held the answer and the lightness of my backpack confirmed my fears: My wallet was gone. Panic set in. I turned around to see the bus disappear down the street. I couldn’t stop […]

#SaveMe: Check out my high school students’ video on endangered animals!

For the past 15 weeks I’ve had the privilege of teaching a very special bunch of grade one high school girls. For our penultimate lesson, we explored the issue of endangered animals. The Sparkling Ladies designed posters and conceptualised, directed and starred in their own campaign video. Have a look! How I use my journalism […]

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 […]

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 […]

Earth Day ESL: Learning English through arts and crafts

When I walked into my main school the Wednesday before Earth Day, I didn’t expect that I would do an Earth Day lesson that afternoon with my after school kids. I also didn’t know that it would become a two-part lesson, or that my students (even the sixth grade boys!) would have as much fun […]