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Be Careful What You Wish For (Teaching English in Japan)

It's hard to believe I've been in Japan for 5 months already. Before I know it, the year will have passed and I'll be faced with a decision of what to do next.It feels like just yesterday I was … [Read more...]

Flip-Flops and Teaching English in Japan

There's no question I'm working much harder now than I was when with EPIK in Korea. I now teach at a private elementary school in Japan and it's clear that my role is much more involved. Tons of … [Read more...]

My Teaching English in Korea eBook is Out Now

Blogging and making videos brought a whole element to my time in Korea that I never expected. Lots of meaningful interaction with people from different corners of the world who are interested in … [Read more...]

My First Week and New Teaching Family in Hiroshima, Japan

My first actual class will be on Monday, but the first week was a huge "welcome to the neighborhood" routine. It was made up of marathon meetings in Japanese only. There was a lot of preparation, … [Read more...]

My First Day at My New School in Japan

Time really does fly. I was just sitting at my desk in Korea, wasn't I? Yet, just like that, I was sitting at my new desk in a new school preparing to teach English in Japan for a year. Kind of … [Read more...]

ESL Teachers: Signs You’re Doing Better Than You Think

I recently came across an awesome blog post from Thought Catalog by Brianna Wiest called 20 Signs You're Doing Better Than You Think You Are. In my opinion, this post was about fulfillment as much as … [Read more...]

Teach ESL Abroad to Travel Like a Pro

Among the many reasons why teaching ESL abroad rocks is travel. Being in the country you teach in is travel in and of itself. Take for example South Korea, which is where I am.If someone were to … [Read more...]

Teaching ESL: Enforce Behavior, Drop the Ax, But Keep It FUN!

Coming into teaching ESL later in life presents a challenge for me. Without time on my side, I know I need to get training whenever it's available. I took on obtaining ESL-related certifications along … [Read more...]

Will You Hate Teaching English in Korea?

You haven't been out of America before? Never left your small town or even the safe confines of your parent's home? Take it from me, someone with 4 years in the game, you're probably going to hate … [Read more...]

How to Be an Excellent, Award-Winning ESL Teacher

During my time here in Korea, I've had the opportunity to meet some great teachers. One of those teachers is my friend, Candice, from South Africa. It's possible you've watched her in other videos of … [Read more...]