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Don’t get me wrong - over the past 10 years I’ve placed hundreds of South African teachers in rewarding jobs around the world. I like South African candidates - compared to North American or British teachers you are less entitled, you work hard and you have staying power.

Most people have done interview practice in the past, learning about how to answer common interview questions and how to avoid common mistakes when giving interview answers. However, most articles, workshops, and seminars on the subject of interview technique are aimed at people applying to huge multinationals with skilled and professional recruitment teams.

Good Afternoon All:

This update is from my bed as I've been struck by some type of cold/flu. Fortunately, laptops mean it's easier to be productive even while we're mostly horizontal. There are a number of cool and uncool items both I can share in this post, so let's get to it!

It’s always a mistake when I get cocky and write in pen in my lesson plan book. Although it’s gotten a little easier over the years, pacing a lesson is one of the most challenging things for teachers. You have unexpected delays, events, differing abilities among students and difficulty in the material taught.

I needed a break from the election madness and decided that a blog about Korean snack foods would be fun. I believe anyone who ends up living and teaching in Korea will find something to enjoy in Korean snack food. It’s definitely a big part of the whole experience living abroad.

Experiencing day to day life and working in South Korea allowed me to see aspects of school life that are so very different from schools in the U.S. Besides the more obvious differences like food, the language, the customs and the holidays, there were the details of daily school culture that differed greatly.

After teaching in South Korea for three years, two of the most common questions I get tend to be: “why did you leave(?),” and “do you want to go back (?)” While I plan to address the first question (which is rather personal) in a future blog post, the second question is an interesting one. I find it interesting that people seem to read my mind and see right through me.

(Editor's Note - Regardless of who you vote for, if you are American, please vote in the upcoming election. I will select one person at random who shares or likes or comments on this article who will receive some free ESL101 swag (T-shirt and stickers) - so share, like, tweet, post, etc...I just got my ballot today - karma!

I was recruited back in 2009 during what some consider a ‘golden age’ of teaching English; the joke was: if you had a pulse and a college degree you could land a teaching job in Korea. While I hope that this was a bit of an exaggeration, sometimes it seemed true.

A fellow foreign teacher I had just met at my new school in South Korea told me a story of his first night in Korea. After getting off the plane in Seoul, taking a bus for over five hours, he met a few of his new male Korean colleagues for the first time and in two hours time found himself more drunk than he’d ever been in his life.

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