Year 3 Cruises Toward Uncertain Closure (Part Two)

Ian Says Goodbye to Newfound Friends Once Again Of the eight native instructors currently under contract at JIEI, three are leaving over the next six weeks - three instructors I've come to consider close colleagues. Look, Ma! I can macrame! Muffin One man (let's call him Muffin) will step onto to the International School circuit … Continue reading Year 3 Cruises Toward Uncertain Closure (Part Two)

Round 2 of Teacher Training

After weathering some lazy bouts of writer's block, my best course of action is to write my mind - and lately my second round of six-month teacher-training has dominated that head space. Today, just as most native teachers regain the pleasure (or curse) of teaching students in-person once again, our in-person classes with Korean teacher-trainees … Continue reading Round 2 of Teacher Training

3 Money-Saving Tips While Living In Korea

EFL education in  Korea remains a lucrative job prospect for unfortunate liberal arts degree-holders like me.  Many jobs provide a rent-paid apartment and many cities do not require car ownership. Many pay down their student loans, save for a down payment on a house, or to set aside a lump sum to kick-start their dreams. … Continue reading 3 Money-Saving Tips While Living In Korea

My Favorite Teaching Mindset

What qualities make a good teacher?  Answers rain in from many people. Kind.  Compassionate.  Patient. Diligent.  Growth-oriented. When I consider the common characteristics of quality teachers, I find a single thread that ties them together.  This thread, this mindset, keeps me flying high during the best of times, and sustains me through the worst.  It … Continue reading My Favorite Teaching Mindset

Confronting Native Speakerism (Part Two)

Last week I shared what I learned about Native-speakerism - a neo-racist ideology that elevates native speakers of English (most often white Western speakers) into a position of cultural superiority.  This produces wide-ranging impacts in classrooms, between co-workers, and between English teachers themselves. I found this workshop both eye-opening and disheartening.  Moreover, it produced an … Continue reading Confronting Native Speakerism (Part Two)

Confronting Native Speakerism (Part One)

On March 9th, 2019, I spent a lovely afternoon at the KOTESOL Gwangju-Jeonnam Regional Conference.  I embraced opportunities for professional development, networking, and distraction from more vice-like pastimes. One presentation entailed a discussion on Native-Speakerism in Korea.  As a U.S. citizen, I grew up learning that most sociological -ism's implied “discrimination against” or “systems that oppress.” Racism … Continue reading Confronting Native Speakerism (Part One)