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Red Dragon Blog: MMA Girl English Teacher Fighting in Korea
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seoultee



Joined: 11 Mar 2011

PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought she did a fantastic job, and to know her in person is to understand why she is a dynamic and respected EPIK teacher.
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thebearofbundang



Joined: 02 Sep 2012
Location: Bundang

PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those demo classes are tough, and I think she did an okay job. But, if that is an 'award winning' lesson there's no way the people who were judging knew anything about education OR the other teachers must have been terrible.

When a teacher asks, "What else can you order at a restaurant?" and the entire class yells out "Wine!" at the same time you know this isn't a real lesson. That lesson looks like it was practiced at least a dozen times before hand to make the teacher look good..

You know it's a good class when zero questions are asked Confused Nothing new was learned..

This might be award winning for acting (both students and teacher), but not for teaching..
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lowpo



Joined: 01 Mar 2007

PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:09 pm    Post subject: Re: English Class Video with Award Winning Teacher Reply with quote

newb wrote:
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 kids had to read from a script to speak in sentences.

The folks at the POE should make unannounced visits to evaluate.
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seoultee



Joined: 11 Mar 2011

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:37 am    Post subject: My Favorite Restaurant: 서울깍 Reply with quote

This is my favorite restaurant in Busan.

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/11/my-favorite-restaurant-in.html
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some waygug-in



Joined: 25 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I apologize for posting in your thread.

I should have started my own thread if I wanted to discuss this.

Please accept my humble apology.


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seoultee



Joined: 11 Mar 2011

PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

some waygug-in wrote:
thebearofbundang wrote:
Those demo classes are tough, and I think she did an okay job. But, if that is an 'award winning' lesson there's no way the people who were judging knew anything about education OR the other teachers must have been terrible.

When a teacher asks, "What else can you order at a restaurant?" and the entire class yells out "Wine!" at the same time you know this isn't a real lesson. That lesson looks like it was practiced at least a dozen times before hand to make the teacher look good..

You know it's a good class when zero questions are asked Confused Nothing new was learned..

This might be award winning for acting (both students and teacher), but not for teaching..



What's really sad is that this is what Korean education officials seem to be looking for. Anyone who tries to do something a bit more challenging
is quickly shown the door.

I am puzzled by all this and guess that Koreans must think that
having students repeat stuff they already know ad-nauseum is somehow
equal to "good teaching", but anything that makes students have to think
a bit would be bad.

I think it's why many of us from the West have problems adjusting to the Korean education system.


I think she does fine as well, I just don't think this is

"award worthy" in any way.

I can't really comment on how they judged each teacher, but I think it was a fine job. I'd like to think mine was the best, but if I show that video it might make you laugh!

I think the system is pretty much, let the Korean English teachers teach the grammar and vocabulary and all that stuff. Let the ESL teacher be the example of using it. Roughly. I honestly don't know what would make a successful program, but there are pluses and minuses to the current approach. My reason for saying this is that for such a high profile program, there are a surprisingly low number of students that can use the language in conversation. That being said, maybe compared to 5 or 10 years ago there has been great improvement in english competency in Korea.

Most, if not all, open classes are rehearsed and appear just like the one in this video. I'm sure everyone knows that and expects it as well. I think the content was really good and effective, but more importantly, the teacher has a good attitude. This I think is very important to the Office of Education here.
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seoultee



Joined: 11 Mar 2011

PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:14 am    Post subject: Bloodsport in Busan: Road FC MMA Event Reply with quote

MMA has come to Busan. I went to an event called "Road FC" with the members of Team MAD. It was a really cool time. I know the next women's champion btw.

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/11/bloodsport-in-busan-road-fc-mma-event.html
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seoultee



Joined: 11 Mar 2011

PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:44 pm    Post subject: 2nd Dan Judo Certification in Korea Reply with quote

I was recently certified in Korea for my second dan in judo. Sweet!

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/11/2nd-dan-judo-certification-in-korea.html
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seoultee



Joined: 11 Mar 2011

PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:50 pm    Post subject: Custom Made Earrings from Japan Reply with quote

My friend, and former pro judo player from Japan makes jewelry. So for Christmas this year I asked her to make a set for my sister in law.

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/11/custom-made-earrings-from-japan.html
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seoultee



Joined: 11 Mar 2011

PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:52 pm    Post subject: The Archaic Modern Computers of Korean Schools Reply with quote

The Archaic Modern Computers of Korean Schools

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/11/the-archaic-modern-computers-of-korean.html
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seoultee



Joined: 11 Mar 2011

PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:54 pm    Post subject: The Skinny on Gaining Weight in Korea Reply with quote

The Skinny on Gaining Weight in Korea

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/11/the-skinny-on-gaining-weight-in-korea.html
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seoultee



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:56 pm    Post subject: ROK Marines, Earrings, and Piggy Socks for Christmas Reply with quote

ROK Marines, Earrings, and Piggy Socks for Christmas

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/12/rok-marines-earrings-and-piggy-socks.html
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seoultee



Joined: 11 Mar 2011

PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:17 am    Post subject: Teach English in Korea if You're From These Countries Reply with quote

Teach English in Korea if You're From These Countries

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/12/teach-english-in-korea-if-youre-from.html
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seoultee



Joined: 11 Mar 2011

PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:05 am    Post subject: The English Teaching MMA Girl Reply with quote

My friend and fellow EPIK teacher is also an MMA fighter in Busan. Here is a blog post about her.

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/12/the-english-teaching-slash-mma-girl.html
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seoultee



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:39 pm    Post subject: Gap Year in Korea - My Sabbatical from Life Reply with quote

http://tommyreddragon.blogspot.kr/2012/12/gap-year-in-korea-my-sabbatical-from.html
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