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13-year-old girl aces TOEFL iBT

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Congrats to this young student who scored perfect in all sections of the TOEFL iBT.

She didn’t even attend one of those ubiquitous test prep/SAT/AP hagwons scattered all over the country or studied abroad. In fairness though, her mom did teach English conversation for 10 years.

Lee, who had taught English conversation at a local college for some 10 years until five years ago, led her daughter to learn English in phases through activities using English, which enabled her to enjoy the process of learning.

Her (the mom’s) statement here speaks the utter truth about Korean kids learning English but if everyone followed it, I think we’d all be out of business.

Asked if Kim could offer some tips on studying English, she said, “Rather than thinking of learning English as memorizing grammatical rules, and words and phrases, it is important to think of it as having a good habit of using English in everyday life.”

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November 13, 2009 at 12:25 pm

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TEFL/TESOL/CELTA Certificates: Worth it?

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HT to Vicandric for the topic idea. I actually don’t specialize in public school recruiting (another recruiter in my agency does) but I’m pretty sure it’s helpful in getting that bump in pay for EPIK/GEPIK/SMOE if you have one of those certificates (someone can correct me if I’m wrong).

For all other schools? It really depends on the school but from my experience it’s a definite plus in terms of a director accepting an application and can also lead (typically) to a pay raise as well, usually in the 100,000 to 200,000 KRW/month range. I would say more often than not (90%?) schools will absolutely take into consideration a teaching certificate. And to tell you the truth, most of them don’t give a rat’s ass (or simply don’t care/know) if that certificate was obtained online or not. I’ve heard some of them being as cheap as $100 USD for 20 hours so I would say yes, definitely go for it because not only will it spruce up the resume, it will potentially lead to higher pay.

All the pay stuff aside, I’ve never taken any of those courses, but I’m sure it will at the very least give you a head start/good idea of teaching English. Is it really all that relevant in teaching in Korea though? Maybe if you’re teaching adults.

Anyone know of a reasonably-priced, legit course where you can obtain one of these?

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November 13, 2009 at 12:16 pm

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Notice to all Canadian applicants: VSS no longer required

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This is what a candidate from Toronto has told me. She was informed by the Korean Consulate in Toronto that a VSS (Vulnerable Sector Search) is no longer required and it’s not on their list of required documents to complete the E-2 visa. I called Seoul immigration to confirm and it’s true for all immigration offices.

Apparently it’s been in effect for about a few months now. Thanks for the quick head’s up immigration.

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November 13, 2009 at 11:35 am

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