The Korean Hogwan

Before embarking on a career as an ESL teacher in South Korea, you will have to make one decision: EPIK or Hogwan? A Hogwan is the name of a private academy in South Korea. Thousands of Hogwans are located throughout the country and offer all types of learning! From piano lessons to English conversation classes, … Continue reading The Korean Hogwan

TEFL TIPS #4 – Verb of the Day

Verbs are the skeleton of any language. Most ESL learners know the basics:. 'eat,' 'go', 'play' etc., but expanding this list is vital to those working towards achieving a higher level of both spoken and written English. In my classroom, I introduced a method I call 'verb of the day'. It's pretty simple but effective. … Continue reading TEFL TIPS #4 – Verb of the Day

Everything You Need To Know About Teaching in Hong Kong

By Livvy Hill   TEFL Life in the “Pearl of the Orient” After two years of living and working abroad, it only took a few weeks of being back home unemployed that I got my usual itchy feet and started looking at moving away again. Having taught English in Thailand before, I decided that teaching … Continue reading Everything You Need To Know About Teaching in Hong Kong

#TRAVEL Cambodia: The Killing Fields

Disclaimer: In case the title didn't tip you off, this article is going to be a real bummer. One of the most amazing things about traveling is how much you learn along the way—about people, about culture, and about the world itself. Reading about something in a book is a far cry from seeing the … Continue reading #TRAVEL Cambodia: The Killing Fields

How Much Do You Need To Start Teaching In Thailand?

Written June, 2016. Needs to be updated. So, you're thinking of teaching in Thailand, but not sure how much money you need to get started? Let me help you out. A TEFL Certification A lot of schools prefer you to have a TEFL qualification. There are many options on how to go about this. The … Continue reading How Much Do You Need To Start Teaching In Thailand?

Visa Guide: Korea

Getting Your Work Visa in Korea South Korea has one of the most complex and time-consuming Visa processes of all the countries I’ve been to. The amount of paperwork involved is intense and unlike most countries, you really need to begin the process of collecting documents long before you’ve actually secured a job. Further, while … Continue reading Visa Guide: Korea

TEFL TIPS #6 – Increase your cash: Start Tutoring

So you’ve taken the leap and decided to teach abroad: you found a great job, set up your apartment, and found the means to keep yourself fed, washed, and comfortable. Like many TEFL teachers you’ll discover rent, food, and utilities always run a bit higher than you expected and you’re itching for some spending cash. … Continue reading TEFL TIPS #6 – Increase your cash: Start Tutoring

TEFL TIPS #1 – The Almighty Flashcard (1)

A flashcard is to an ESL teacher is like the Batmobile to Batman—no ESL teacher I know would be without them! I think the core of their popularity is largely due to the teacher/student language barriers inherent in ESL education, especially when working with beginners or younger students. A flashcard of an apple portrays an … Continue reading TEFL TIPS #1 – The Almighty Flashcard (1)

Teaching in Thailand: Part 3 – Reflection, one year on.

April 2014. "I've been in Thailand a year. WOW, that went quick." An overwhelming sense of accomplishment is gladly welcomed after you finish something after a long period of time. If you enjoyed that something, it's combined with a great sense of sadness too. I'm not going to continue this with the monsoon of clichés … Continue reading Teaching in Thailand: Part 3 – Reflection, one year on.

Learning Korean (Hangul)

Being born and raised in Wales, different languages have always been present in my day to day life. That sounds a lot more exotic than it actually is; everyone in Wales is required to study Welsh until he/she finishes school, so basically, I always had that in addition to the standard French and German lessons … Continue reading Learning Korean (Hangul)