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June 2008 Blog Posts (30)


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EPIK Adventure 08

See The Map For EPIK Adventure 08 HERE



is planning a truely epic road trip through what looks like half the US. It also turns out that Metalpheonix is also planning another road trip in August. So to address this truely auspicious alignment of trips Emosnail has declare August Offical Epic Roadtrip… Continue

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How I Felling into Teaching

Thats a hell of a story. Teaching was just a means to an end. That end being seeing as much of he world as possible by living in a place rather than enduring a package tour through it. I had this crazy idea all through university that i would end up in Japan. I studied Japanese, Japanese history, Japanese Sociology.



I figured I was a shoe in for the JET program and went about putting togather the marathon of an application last year. I was not accepted. I never… Continue

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Ning in the News -- Ning and Education

I recently wrote a guest column for the national English newspaper here in Korea -- about Ning and education. It is very general but might be of interest to others. Please forgive the small grammatical typos/errors, not my making!



Thanks to member Sean who allowed me to guest write for his column. Find him at his blog… Continue

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Can You Help Me Create Change?



I have been mulling over an idea in my head for a couple of months now. The above video inspired me to disclose it today. Above is the video log from the Uncultured Project. Uncultured was started by a college student from the US that was so moved by a speaker at his school talking about practical solutions to the issues that aggravate world poverty. Shortly after he moved to…
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S.Korean Cram schools -- The "test" obsessed society...



At South Korean cram school, a singular focus

By Choe Sang-Hun


Published: June 25, 2008



YONGIN, South Korea: As the sun dipped behind pine hills surrounding this rural campus on a recent Monday, Chung Il Wook and his wife arrived in a car with their 18-year-old daughter, Min Ju. They hugged her before the blushing teenager hurried into the school building, dragging a suitcase behind her.



Inside, Min Ju joined… Continue

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Where the Hell is Matt and Other Dance Videos [EFL Classroom Exclusive]



I am sure that this first video is old news to anyone that was a fan of the first Where the Hell is Matt video, but this one is handy because it includes Korea and more importantly my hometown of Chicago. I use this video as a warm up for the… Continue

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Demonstration Class *EFL Classroom 2.0 Exclusive*

So I concluded my demonstration class today and I feel like a weight if off my shoulders. In the lesson My co-teacher and I experiemented with using authentic maters, jigsaw lesson plans, and a sprinkling of task based learning.



Basically we took entries about different animals from places like National Geographic for Kids and Animal Planet and had students get… Continue

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EPIK Justino Likes Podcasts...

Podcasts are big part of my life. Its how I get my news, how I study things like history or asian studies, and how I mentally stay connected to the US. For those of you who dont know podcasts are essentional like radioshows that you can download to your iPod or computer. Some actually radioshows have their own podcasts, this is exemplified by NPR. But just about any schmuck with a microphone of any dubious quality can make a… Continue

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Confessions of a Wannabe New Media Journalist

So I should have my camera back form the shop on Thursday. If you recall I dropped the damned thing and was quited bummed as not only is it a decent camera, a gift from my dad, and been to three continents with me.



So I have been looking into how to get more out of it and i have been considering a couple of purchases. But before I by the cases and lens I wanted to draw on the collective wisdom of the others in my blogisphere. Namely and .



So from what little i have gathered… Continue

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Google Keeps the heat on! Language translation!

I was reading my Korean English newspaper today when I came across a very neat conversation/interview between Korea's first astronaut (and a woman!) Yi, Seo Yeon and Google vice president, Vinton Cerf, often dubbed the father of the Internet. Here's what he said that piqued my interest,



Cerf said Google wants its translation service to help people overcome language barriers so they can access… Continue

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follow Justinoxxii at http://twitter.com I am now Twittering as you can see by the above badge. As I as setting this up I realized something. I am an early adopter of technology. I got on myspace.c…





I am now Twittering as you can see by the above badge. As I as setting this up I realized something. I am an early adopter of technology. I got on myspace.com when it first started. But what always seems to happen is what happened with twitter. I get excited about… Continue

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EPIK Questions for EPIK Justino

The Charming and Talented wrote:



Is it really like what they portray it to be, meaning like a third world country?



Wow I have not been doing a good job of describing the expert life here in Korea if this is one of the questions. The short answer goes like this: Korea is one of the top 30 developed countries in the world. In the way of modern facilities I want for very little. Roads, phones, cell phones, internet, electricity, running water, universal education,… Continue

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Mooooore Krazy Kow

This video is much like the blog entry mentioned in this post. Its by a Gyopo from America, it gives voice to the Korean peoples concerns, and it very thoughtful. I take issue with the connection between the connection between a near none existent Mad Cow problem in the US and Alzheimers, thought. Also showing pictures of "downer cows" or sick cows in a manner that suggests that they have Mad Cow is questionable.



There are… Continue

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Ninjas and ESL

This old pirate has only reluctantly accepted the popularity of Ninjas. But the good new for Ninja fans is that the Barenaked Ladies are back with a album of kids music.



This is exciting for me because not only are the Barenaked Ladies catchy and make just plain catchy music, but an album of kids music will be perfect for EFL learners. Although I am sure that playing the ABC for any level of non-native… Continue

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More Crazy Cow

There has been a lot of info coming to light in the Expat Blogisphere here in Korea about the whole mad cow panic. While the core of Korean's beliefs about the dangers of US Beef are informed by nationalistic and wild rumors, I think there are a lot of expats that have an equally knee jerk reaction and deride the Koreans audacity at asserting self-determination. I know that the more I look into it, the more I get pissed off that Koreans are being egged on to collective action by complete… Continue

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Mississippi John Hurt- History of the Blues



Mississippi John Hurt was born in 1892, and lived as a sharecropper, a very difficult life, in the Mississippi Delta. He made a record in 1928, but soon after that first recording the Great Depression hit America, and there was no more opportunity for him to record.



He was rediscovered in 1963, and made several records until his death in 1966. What I… Continue

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A Reading Revolution -- The Amazon Kindle!



The future of reading is not what we think it might be.....Read what the Amazon founder thinks!



I recently got the Amazon kindle (it is finally offered again -the initial offering sold out in just 5 hours!) and I'm amazed! I'm usually a big big sceptic but since reading some reviews and… Continue

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Canada (Finally) apologizes for the genocide of aboriginal people!



Well sort of..... The apology to our aboriginal community was right but in my opinion, not full enough. They talked about the residential schools and trying to "assimilate" Indians. They took responsibility as a government for all the lost lives and the tragedy that haunts native people today. So much pain and suffering throughout the years. But they didn't force Canadians to confront the underlying reality. It wasn't… Continue

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SCUBA in Hupo

So two weeks ago I went SCUBA divinyg in Hupo. I went with two co-workers and although they and their wives were fun and interesting people I am relatively certain that the whole two day affair was an attempt to get me to speak English with their Childern with the promise of SCUBA diving. It was clear that the focus of the trip was fishing and soju and SCUBA was mostly an after thought, when the dive shop that we were supposed to use, but didnt have a reservation for, did… Continue

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"Wild Geese" - sending students abroad to learn English.

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For studies in English, Koreans learn to say goodbye to dad



By Norimitsu Onishi Published: June 8, 2008



AUCKLAND, New Zealand: On a sunny afternoon recently, half a dozen South Korean mothers came to pick up their children at the Remuera Primary School here, greeting one another warmly… Continue

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