EDUCATOR TEACHING ABROAD
This blog is for teachers who choose to go beyond the boundaries of their country and accept the challenge of teaching in other countries English as a second language. According to “Merriam-Webster” (2015) “(A Web site that contains online personal reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; also: the contents of such a site)”Blogs are used to accomplish a variety of functions, it is the opinions of a person on a particular subjects, others join the blog too and comment on their views and reflections. Blogs can assist with collaboration in groups, as a personal journal keeping timelines and content, it is a shared forum that allows interaction using experiences, it reduces the feeling of separation while encouraging community.
ADVANTAGES OF BLOGS
However, there are pros and cons to blogs; some of the benefits are a sense of community, information experience, and self-expression. Having the tools to communicate with others, improve clientele, grow your business, and learn about diversity. With all things considered there are the some disadvantages of blogs. (“The Advantages and Disadvantages Of Blogs”, 2015).
DISADVANTAGES OF BLOGS:
The main disadvantages of blogs are opinions without supporting facts, it’s time-consuming, varying opinions on topics, and last but not least everyone can see what you publish. (“The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Blogs”, 2015).
THE USE OF BLOGS FOR TRAINING.
Blogs are used as tools in many ways to enhance training and create knowledge, trainer that are mobile and need to connect with students a blog for the class can be used to store thoughts about an assignment, used for feedback on a particular topic.
Blogs used for soliciting interaction and discussion from trainee/students from previous trainings are utilized for making adjustments and improve the quality of future training, it can also encourage self-directed learning.
The ability for experts in the field to comment and add content with reliable facts to training or education to a community of learners along with instructions to improve a task.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BLOGS AND BLOG CONTENT:
The importance of blogs and its contents to teachers that are abroad teaching it helps bring topics that are not thought of to the forefront, it lends support to a community of learners that are outside their comfort zone offering tips on the do’s and don’ts of teaching and living abroad.
This blog is relevant to teachers that teach specifically in South Korea, it prepares the teacher whose is looking for a job, the need to be flexible, open and non-judgmental. The blog explains what to look for when looking for a job, the research, where to find the resources necessary to make the decision to fulfill the teaching requirement. (“The Daily Kimchi – Korea Blog”, 2007).
This blog explains the difference between CELTA and TEFL and other certifications required at some of the schools that hire foreign teachers. CELTA is referred to the Certified in English to speakers of other languages. TEFL refers to Teaching English as a Second Language. It further discusses what each of the certification means to the teacher and the hiring body, the impact and the importance of having one of the certifications. “What-Is-The-Difference-Between-Celta And Tefl”, 2015
Farsickness is a blog that explains the requirements for teaching, it gives a general overview of the different types of schools in South Korea, it compared the vacation time, and hours worked at different schools.
Amanda Slavinsky is the owner of the blog, she creates it to share her experiences, and she taught English for two years, so she has gone through the process of education in Korea.
The feedback from the audience varies, the owner of the blog post content once a month, on October 8th one of the bloggers responding to her post asking about the grades Amanda on October 17th 2013 said that it would not make a difference especially if you have graduated. August 14th a blogger Thuy wanting to know about teaching English as a Vietnamese in Korea, Amanda replies the same day to inform him that he needs to have a passport from an English speaking country. Recent post on December 26th a high school student wanted to know if she needed a Bachelor’s degree to teach in Korea, Amanda responded on December 31st advising her of the requirement to for employment as a teacher. (Slavinsky, 2015).
This blog 10 Don’t for Teaching Abroad in South Korea, are focused on what a new teacher should know so that a new teacher would not feel trap or confused, if these tips are taken to heart it will make teaching a more bearable experience. The blog was published on 09/19/2013 and the last time it was updated was the same day, however there are several inquiries, March 15th 2014 Jimmy’s purpose for writing is to invite her to connect with him he’s looking for teachers who wants to contribute to his blog. There was a survey completed about problems that may arise from employers, student, and contracts. Another post on 01/14/2014 it was a teacher who taught in Korea and had a great time and agreed with the information on the post. (“10-Don’ts-Teaching-Abroad-In-South-Korea”, 2015)
Teach in South Korea Blog has really drawn the attention of teachers wanting to experience life in South Korea, it explains the culture, holidays, food, historical sites, medical experiences, and traveling from one country to another. It gives insight into the culture of superstition and the why it is so. The blog centers on making a decision, finding the path that is for you. It creates an atmosphere of curiosity, just by looking at the information the thought of the experience changes the way one visualize what it is to live abroad. (CIEE, 2015)
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Merriam Webster. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blog
Slavinsky, A. (2015). Teaching English in Korea. Retrieved from http://farsicknessblog.com/teaching-english-in-korea/
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Blogs. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.shoutmeloud.com/advantages and disadvantages-of-full-time-blogging.html
THE DAILY KIMCHI – KOREA BLOG. (2007). Retrieved from http://thedailykimchi.blogspot.com/2007/10/how-to-find job teaching-english-in.html
What-is-the-difference-between-CELTA and TEFL. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.gooverseas.com/blog/what-is-the- difference-between-celta-and-tefl