Guide For New Teachers in Korea
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Guide For New Teachers in Korea
Guide For New Teachers in Korea:
Tips and Tricks for New Teachers in Korea
Presented by Hal and Steve English
““A RECRUITER FOR A KOREAN SCHOOL POSTED ON MY UNIVERSITY MESSAGE BOARD, AND I REALIZED TEACHING ABROAD COULD BE A GOOD CHANCE TO DISCOVER A NEW CULTURE. 3 WEEKS LATER, I WAS IN SEOUL. I LIKED IT A LOT, SO I STAYED ONE MORE YEAR, ONE MORE YEAR, ETC.” – AMY H.
Welcome to Korea! Coming here was a great decision. This country has a lot to offer and Korean people are more than happy to share it with their visiting English instructors. Before you walk out your front door and enjoy your first few days in Korea, make sure you read these quick tips to avoid any missteps. This guide for new teachers in Korea should make your first few days a lot easier.
1. CULTURAL TABOOS IN KOREA
KOREA HAS A VERY UNIQUE SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND ETIQUETTE SYSTEM. MAKE SURE YOU AVOID THESE TABOOS WHEN YOU’RE OUT AND ABOUT.
ALWAYS USE TWO HANDS
When giving or receiving something (money, an item, a gift, paperwork, etc) always use two hands. It’s a sign of respect.
DON’T MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT
Old people stare at you on the subway and streets sometimes. It happens. But it’s considered rude for you to meet their gaze and maintain eye contact.
EMBRACE THEIR TOUCHY-FEELY NATURE
Korean people are really touchy-feely with their friends and co-workers. This can be a shock for Westerners who are used to our “personal space”.
2. WHERE TO BUY NECESSITIES
IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO FIGURE OUT WHERE YOUR DAY-TO- DAY STAPLES ARE SOLD. HERE ARE A HANDFUL OF SHOPS YOU SHOULD KNOW.
CONVENIENCE STORE & SUPERMARKETS
These places got you covered for most things. Food, sanitary goods, and alcohol are in ample supply. Sadly, not too many Western options.
AMERICAN MILITARY BASE
There are a handful of these across Korea and right outside you'll usually find some shops hocking Western goods. Definitely check these out for American food.
When all else fails, just go online. G-Market has an easy to use English section. Once your payment system is set up, you can easily buy whatever you want.
3. HOW TO BUILD A SOCIAL LIFE
YOU’RE NOT ALONE HERE! THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF NEW TEACHERS IN KOREA AND THEY’RE VERY WELCOMING. AND DON’T LIMIT YOURSELF THERE. FIND KOREAN FRIENDS TOO!
Here’s the best trick. In Facebook’s search bar, look for groups by searching for “foreigners” or “club” along with your nearest big city.
This is a great website to find language exchanges, pub crawls, foreigner parties, and foreigner friendly bars in Korea.
Meet-up.com is filled to the brim with social groups in Korea. It will take you a second to search for a group in your area.
4. WHERE TO FIND ENGLISH LESSONS
ENGLISH CLASS! THAT’S WHY WE’RE ALL HERE, RIGHT? FINDING GOOD LESSONS CAN BE DIFFICULT. WE HAVE A PRETTY GREAT RESOURCE.
Go to HAL AND STEVE ENGLISH
These are conversation lessons. Strictly conversation lessons. If you want to have energetic conversations with your students, this is the place.
OVER 300 LESSONS
Some people are downright embarrassed about their English ability It doesn’t matter. If they just speak… they can begin to learn. We lessons for every level!
First impressions are important. In ESL, you need to have modern material. We professionally design every lesson to wow your students and co-workers.
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Or e-mail me at Steve@halandsteveenglish.com
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