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seoultee



Joined: 11 Mar 2011

PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mcloo7 wrote:
OP= Original Poster. I like your videos, I've been watching them for awhile. Does Busan feel like a big city in the US? Is it comparable to any US cities you can think of, in feel, or size?

Oh, thanks! And thank you about the videos.

Busan definitely has a "larger city" feel. There are spots in Busan that hint at big, but nothing like NYC, Chicago, etc. I may put it in the category of a Miami or LA because of the way it's laid out. That said, with 3.6 million people it is populous. It's homogeneous with only clusters of larger buildings so there isn't an "epic" feel like NY/Chicago with skyscrapers and cultural diversity.
I like it though because it has mountains and beaches. None of that really in NYC or Chicago. It's my home for a while.
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seoultee



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1 Year in Korea: Highlights and Bloopers video.

I have all this video from my first year here and as I was going through it one day I realized there were some funny random bits in some of them. I thought it would be entertaining to put them together in a short vid.

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/08/1-year-in-korea-highlights-and-bloopers.html
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seoultee



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I changed the title of this thread so it's not so confusing. I post my Youtube videos and blog posts here from time to time. Here are some recent ones:

Blog:
Being a DJ at My School in Korea -
http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/09/being-dj-at-my-school-in-korea.html
6 Ways I Save Money in Korea - http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/08/6-ways-i-save-money-in-korea.html
Teach English in Korea: Public School Or Private Hagwon? -
http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/09/teach-english-in-korea-public-school-or.html

YouTube:
Being Korean, Life After Teaching, Accommodations and Scooters - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8RDgGuoFBs
Strength of a 64 Yr Old Korean Judo Master - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ulCWZoMEuE
Korea Q&A: Racism, Girl Judo, Meds, CRC, Typhoons - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHBKSpeOkYE

I hope you enjoy.
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seoultee



Joined: 11 Mar 2011

PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:22 am    Post subject: 6 Tips for a Successful Interview Reply with quote

When it comes to getting any job, the interview is likely the most important part of the entire process. It's no different with getting into Korea to teach English. I believe there are universal tips for a good interview, and then some specific ones for getting a job teaching in Korea. The following video is my take on the 6 best tips I could give to really nail the interview.


http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/10/teach-english-in-korea-6-tips-for.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjKnj74vqck
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seoultee



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:07 am    Post subject: Is Corporal Punishment Good or Bad? Reply with quote

The subject of corporal punishment and the removal of it came up in a conversation with a teacher this week.

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/10/is-corporal-punishment-good-or-bad.html
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seoultee



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:57 am    Post subject: Learning Korean: Allow Myself to Introduce...Myself Reply with quote

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/10/learning-korea-allow-myself-to.html
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seoultee



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:50 am    Post subject: Judo Class with Kids Reply with quote

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/11/judo-class-with-kids.html
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seoultee



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:51 am    Post subject: How to Get a Job Teaching English in Korea Reply with quote

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/11/how-to-get-job-teaching-english-in-korea.html
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seoultee



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:41 am    Post subject: Being Sick in Korea is Brutal Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:42 am    Post subject: Coming to Korea Without a Job Reply with quote

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/11/coming-to-korea-without-job.html
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seoultee



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:43 am    Post subject: English Class Video with Award Winning Teacher Reply with quote

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schwa



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:10 am    Post subject: Re: English Class Video with Award Winning Teacher Reply with quote

seoultee wrote:
http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/11/english-class-video-with-award-winning.html

That simply is not award-worthy teaching. It was a little painful to watch the whole thing. The material is several grade levels below the students' apparent age. The boys seem bored. There is no attempt to engage them in anything individual or creative. The powerpoint game is lame. Nothing new was taught.

I'm sure that teacher is sincere & likable, but is that really the best that Busan schools can come up with?
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newb



Joined: 27 Aug 2012
Location: Korea

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:43 pm    Post subject: Re: English Class Video with Award Winning Teacher Reply with quote

schwa wrote:
seoultee wrote:
http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/11/english-class-video-with-award-winning.html

That simply is not award-worthy teaching. It was a little painful to watch the whole thing. The material is several grade levels below the students' apparent age. The boys seem bored. There is no attempt to engage them in anything individual or creative. The powerpoint game is lame. Nothing new was taught.

I'm sure that teacher is sincere & likable, but is that really the best that Busan schools can come up with?


I agree. They must've rehearsed about 10 times. These classes are dog and pony shows to impress the higher ups. Serves no purpose what so ever.

The folks at the POE should make unannounced visits to evaluate.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That simply is not award-worthy teaching. It was a little painful to watch the whole thing. The material is several grade levels below the students' apparent age. The boys seem bored. There is no attempt to engage them in anything individual or creative. The powerpoint game is lame. Nothing new was taught.

I'm sure that teacher is sincere & likable, but is that really the best that Busan schools can come up with?


Lol, it reminded me of the scene in Life of Brian when he talks to the crowd outside his house.
'You've got to learn to think for yourselves, you're all individuals'
'Yes, we are all individuals.'

I agree with what Schwa says too, there doesn't seem to be any language presented they don't already know. And there was no real context established. Teacher talking time was way too much but I suppose that's the problem with having this kind of show lesson in a competition. In real teaching the students should be doing most of the work but that wouldn't make the teacher look particularly dynamic on a video. The real question is how many of the students learned something new and were able to practice and produce it? Did Bum Suk in the back row , who wasn't chosen to perform the dialogue in front of the class, understand all the vocabulary and by the end of the lesson was he better able to order things in English in a restaurant? Judging by what I saw in the video the teacher would not be able to answer these questions.
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lemak



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow - 11 posts in a row from the same user must just about be a record.
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