News Magazine         Read The Latest Newsletter       New Resources        Our Premium Products

Get Printables / Resources

Video Lesson


The Ultimate Resource

Pop Song eBook

Our Weekly Magazine

Guess The Movie Cards

Project Peace

Resources And Discussion


Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

Tags: collection, list, web 2.0, resources, websites

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal


Pohang, Where Fat Kids Get Rice Cakes.

So much to say and so little energy to say it. I got an apartment. It is 2 min. walk from school and it is really nice. Apparently the Vice Prinicple fought the Municiple Office of Education for me to get it even though it was out of budget. I will post a video of it this weekend. No oven, no dryer, no microwave, so shower that you would recognize, but it is the coolest place I have ever lived.

Everyone at Yanhak middle school has been great to me. Most of the English teachers speak a fair amount of English, so I have been putting of learning Korean. They pitched in and got me some things like seasonings, dishes, etc. After I went to Gyeongju last weekend and brought back some pastries for everyone, the housewarming gifts increased.

Yanghak is about 1000 students and I am teaching the 6th graders. I get them once a week and I teach classes with each of these other English teachers. They seem to be fairly impressed with my teaching thus far. So far i have just been showing powerpoint introduction of myself, my family, and America.

I get the rockstar treatment from the kids, and the teachers for that matter. I thave never been told that I am handsome so much in my life. I can not even walk to class without being mobbed by groups of middle schools that want highfive or blurt out what ever English they know.

i live next to the Korean equilevance of Wal-Mart and that is really nice as I never really need to stock up on anything. I also live in a nieghborhood where a lot of my students live and there is nothing that i enjoy more than accidently sneaking up on them on the street and seeing thier faces.

The food here is great, i have never eaten so many vegetables before. i get free lunches in the school cafeteria and i must say that the food is something to be looked forword to. This is in sharp contrast to the food i remember in my school days.

The other teachers are about as interested in me and education in America as i am in Korea so there is a free exchange of relevant information. My Co-Teacher, Yung-Su rocks and is made of awesome. He is about my age and is a brilliant teacher. Seriously all the stereotypes of Korean teachers and information that I gathered before coming here didnt predict him. We make a powerful team in the class room and eaten over at eachothers apartments a couple of times now. Did I meantion that me and him are the only two single males in a school full of female teachers. This makes for an interesting time to say the least.

I taught at my other school, Changpo, for the first time today. The gap in English is much larger there. The rich (the ones that can afford privite tutoring) and the Poor (the ones that cant)form a bigger gap there. It is also about 30% bigger than Yanghak. My Co-Teacher over there seems to be a real remarkable woman name Jung-ah. She got her MA at ASU and therefore not only has the best English, but can explain things more clearly to me and account for things that I might not be aware of. Turns out there is a university friend of Yung-Su's at Changpo.

I finally got internet at my apartment, a cellphone, and a bank account. Everything a young man needs. This place has everything i need. I even went downtown last Sunday to see Disturbia in the teatre there. American movies are in English with Korean subtitles.

Pohang is essentially own by POSCO, the second largest steel manufacturer in the world. The have a state of the art University in town and thier name is on all the manholecovers on the street. They also own the towns soccer team, the Pohang Steelers. One of my colleagues at Yanghak's husband works for POSCO and was cool enough to score me 6 free tickets. So 3 other EPIK teach and me are going to he game on Saturday.

EPIK Teacher Justino!!!

Downloads: 111

Comment by Charles Clay on September 25, 2007 at 8:29am
my girlfriend was born in Pohang and as you can guess, her father does work for POSCO.

there are some good things about living next to the school, but ask any korean teacher and they will tell you its not so hot. 1) cant get too drunk, the kids might see you. 2) dont go to the sauna in your neighborhood, your male students or their family might see you in the buff.

driers are not as common here, and ovens are even more uncommon. i bought a convection oven and it takes care of my needs.

and if you like soccer, you'll need to head to one of the intl games. i dont even like the game and i find myself cheering on like a Red Devil

Comment by ddeubel on September 25, 2007 at 12:25pm
It's great to hear a positive experience and I think that most often, that is the case. Glad they treat you so well - even if the compliments can be a bit mundane! Atleast you don't get a hundred times a day (only exaggerating slightly :)) that you look like Russel Crowe!

Charles, I recommend the baseball games. Coolest thing to do in Korea and so laid back and full of surprises/atmosphere.

I also second the need for even just a toaster over. Can't beat bagels and peanut butter in the morning!

Comment by Ellen Pham on April 18, 2010 at 2:21am
Justino, what happened?? You were so young and happy and full of optimism here :D

How's college teaching going?

I was looking for a place to put a post on films when I stumbled on your blog post... how did THAT happen?

BTW, I think David does look a bit like Russel Crowe...

Add a Remark

Comments Welcome!   Sign in or register.

Join EFL Classroom

© 2020   Created by ddeubel.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service