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Teaching ESL + Korean Friends

By: Lovely del Mundo

English as a Second Language (ESL or TESL) is a traditional term for the use or study of the English language by non-native speakers in an English-speaking environment. English as a Second Language also refers to specialized approaches to language teaching designed for those whose primary language is not English. (source:  grammar.about.com)

How do I find ESL teaching?

Teaching in an English Academy is more convenient than teaching for a traditional school because it’s one on one basis and there’s less expectations to meet. In this academy, the books level are to be followed. Everything you need is already on the books required  per level. You just need to make them answer the worksheets and explain the lesson per chapter in book. Of course, don’t forget to give your student LOTS OF HOMEWORK. That’s Korean approach to education in my experience . The more homework the better. That’s why most Korean students are burn out of studying. About ESL  as a particular program, I think its organize and interesting to teach. There are subjects under ESL which are Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening and Conversation.  I am a Grammar and Writing teacher then. I enjoyed it because I am the one who decides about the style how will I teach a certain topic. The exciting part is giving an essay topic to your students especially middle school to high school because most of the time their ideas are funny and eccentric. I prefer that kind of set-up in my teaching career. I miss checking papers! >.<

Let me share you a story happened 4 years ago (2011). I worked in Alabang, Muntinlupa for 8 months teaching ESL for South Koreans. I am more interested in dealing with foreign students as I would like to take the chance to learn new culture and language which is one of my interests in life.  Those were the days that I was so obsessed with South Korean culture. I know their TV Dramas, Music, Movies, Brand Ads, Tradition, Actors and anything related with their Pop Culture as I was so crazy that time with CNBLUE (A South Korean Pop-Rock Band). The day I was hired in this job was winter camp season. Winter Camp means group of Korean students will fly here in the Philippines to spend their winter vacation still studying in English Academies.  This is also the time that the schedules of tutorials are so full because this is the hike of the number of students.  I was hired because of my reason that I love Korean culture. That time, I don’t have any teaching experience yet.

Eventually, I became friends with Korean people. (even dated Korean men..:o)  I still have contact with two of my students in Facebook.  Our chats were very seldom now though.

If there are bad things that happened, I must think that there are happy things that happened as well right. (Somehow) I don’t need to dwell only with the negative ones because there are more interesting moments and friendship that I won’t forget in the bright side of my story in that place.

I even received this kind of gift. It so thoughtful of Matthew Lee’s mom that time.  Do you know that this is a COLLECTOR’S ITEM!!!! How did she know that I love guitar?  If one there’s one thing that I regret, I didn’t say to Ms. Jeon that I am going to resign. Maybe, She’s shocked too by that time. I hope she can understand me.  She’s a really thoughtful mom. 🙂

Then… Here’s Jinhye unnie~ She’s the closest korean friend I had. We just clicked together because we have almost the same interest to talk about. 🙂 She’s also the first foreigner I got to hang out with.

I’ve learned so much about Korean culture by that time. I also learned to read and write in Hangul. (elementary proficiency) That’s a nice experience. I actually want to pursue my ESL teaching  as a profession in a university setting. I’ll do my best then!  がんばろう!


If you want to learn more about ESL, I’ll recommend to you my blogger friend, Katie’s  ENGLISH EXPRESSIONS.


22 thoughts on “Teaching ESL + Korean Friends

  1. Wow you dated Korean man before! And over here if I said the same thing (about being a fan of that culture) for the same kind of job I’ll probably be the first one to be kicked out when they consider whether to give me the job haha xD

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    1. Haha! I am expecting a different comment from you… Anyway, Yes. How was it? Not good. I learned a lesson to live by anyway.

      But, I like how brave I am to venture to date a foreigner. My friends are afraid to do that. First, they can be dangerous (they might kidnap you or what). Second, There’s this language barrier. I don’t know about myself. I actually prefer having relationship with a foreigner because I can speak English always (haha!) and I can also try new culture. I think it’s exciting. Haha! I think in your case, you can try… like working in Japan? haha How about that?

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      1. Haha, I don’t usually just have one style of commenting xD Ah, I see.

        I think its interesting at the very least to date a foreigner haha. I understand your friends’ concerns, but I think the second one is more of what you prefer as a person.

        As for me, that is an option, but it’s quite hard to apply to work in Japan nowadays. Too much competition xD And I need too be very good in the language as well, so I would need time to learn it 😀

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      2. Haha!
        Actually, it’s hard to find job because of competition in any industry. In my case, I struggle a lot when it comes to job hunting. I still don’t understand why… i know there’s timing for everything.. Let’s just do our best!

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      1. I saw it now… maybe you have many blogs in wp thats why. I’ll look into it later because i need to go to work. I like your font choice. Haha.😁 have a nice day.👍


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