Teaching ESL in Korea

| April 21, 2014

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We are interested in your ability to succeed as an ESL teacher in a public school in Korea. In the space below, please share with us your reasons for wanting to teach ESL in Korea, your teaching philosophy and your thoughts on encountering cultural differences.
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Korea has always been on my mind not only for travelling but for career opportunities as well. Although I am a Canadian citizen and received most of my education in Canada, I was born and raised in Korea. As a recent Accounting graduate from Western University, I was fortunate to be able to find a full time job at a national accounting firm. However having relatives in Korea and the unforgettable memories that Korea provided me with, persuaded me to apply to teach English in Korea. Through my one year experience as the Residence Advisor at the University, I quickly learned that I loved meeting different students and giving them guidance whether it would be academics or personal. With my sociable personality, opened mind and passion for Korea, I am confident that the EPIK program is a perfect fit for me.
My teaching philosophy is that I should play the role of a facilitator of learning, rather than an expert of English. Instead of simply delivering information to students, I want to present the learning materials in different, interesting ways. When planning lessons or interacting with different students, I will be considering different learning styles, and each student’s strengths and weaknesses. I want to be approachable by students so that when something has to be clarified, they feel that they can always ask for additional help. I believe that students will learn better in a more open, positive setting and when they feel respected by their peers and instructors.
Encountering the cultural difference will not be easy. However with my outgoing personality, I am confident that I will be able to adapt very quickly to the differences. As I learn the differences, I feel that it will widen my horizons and enable me to see things from different perspectives. I also feel that I have advantage in overcoming the cultural differences since I was raised in Korea until grade school and was raised by my Korean parents in Canada.
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