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ISSUE SEVEN - September/October 2011

Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education

Bibimbap Newsletter „GEPIK Bibimbap News‟ refers to the many and various backgrounds to which our community belongs to. Our hope is that the GEPIK teachers will blend in harmoniously for support, advice and friendships.

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Happy Fall, GEPIK Teachers!! Hope you are all enjoying the fall scenery as your prepare for the dreadful cold that is about to creep up on us. It’s quite nice to see the leaves changing colors and the cool breeze is finally relieving us from the HOT HOT HOT summer we had. It’s time to pack away your shorts and tshirts and also time to bring out your scarves and sweaters. It’s time to prepare for change. With that being said, there also have been a few changes within GEPIK over these past few months. Some of us have been struggling to adjust to these changes, while others are just letting things flow and take its course. Among these changes, the former GEPIK head coordinator, Dain Bae, resigned and I, Ary Kim, was appointed to take on the position as the head coordinator of this program. I have to admit it’s been a bit overwhelming with so much going on within GEPIK. I doubted myself at first and wasn’t ready to take on this role. However, I’ve come to realize that this job isn’t just about me. It’s not about whether I can do well or not. It’s about GEPIK, it’s about ALL of us within this program. GEPIK isn’t just about how well I do my job to lead this program, but it’s also about how well our teachers do at their respective schools. Therefore, it is important that we support each other. I want to thank our GEPIK teachers for the support you have given to me and the district coordinators, and in return, we hope to give back to you the same support. It’s important that we work together as one team so that this program may develop and flourish. Let’s continue to do our best in our respective workplaces and focus on fulfilling our roles. 감사합니다 (Thank you), GEPIK teachers.

In this Issue s lue g B n oti bie Bo New the By Paul M. Graham

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You know you live in Korea when… Pg. 4

Art Provided The Perfect Legacy

The K I GEP or Rum Mill

“Is GEPIK over?”...”By this time next year, will GEPIK be obsolete?”… “I heard that contracts are being term i na t e d e a r l y o r m i d - c o nt r a c t ” …and so on and so forth.

We’ve heard all the rumors too but we’re here to rescue you from rumor-overload! Firstly, GEPIK is NOT ending any time soon! Despite what you may have heard, GEPIK will continue to work with roughly 1,500 teachers next year. So breathe a sigh of relief, the program will NOT be over anytime soon! Secondly, if your school is telling you that they have no more money left and your contract will be terminated, we want to let you know that this is NOT allowed. By signing a one-year contract with GEPIK, even with the current budget changes, your school CANNOT terminate your contract early. If this is happening to you or someone you know, please contact your district coordinator, who will help clear up any misunderstandings (see pg. 7 for coordinator contact details).

By Andrew T. Osborne

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Like we always say, don’t believe everything that you hear or read.


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Classroom Management

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What do you get most out of in being a GEPIK teacher? I find that the greatest advantage of working in the GEPIK program is hat I have other teachers to talk to. We can talk about classes, lesson plans, contracts, Korean life, and everything in between. It’s comforting to know that even when I feel as if no one can understand what I’m dealing with, in actuality, someone can. As teachers in the same program I think that we do a good job of connecting with each other, whether it be online, on the phone, or in person; sharing whatever knowledge that we have to make each others lives a bit easier.

What is one of the funniest incidents or most memorable from your time in Korea?

Naeson Elementary School 1.5 years at current school Uiwang

Do you have any nicknames your students call you by? Good question! Besides a good chunk of my 6th graders calling me “Bee Killer Teacher” for having disposed of a few wasps and bees that had brutally attacked us day after day during one particular class, I have a few common teacher nicknames, like “Sam”, or “Karen Sam”. But the one that’s really caught on is “카레-Teacher” which in Korean means “Curry Teacher”. I get a kick out of that one.

Most of my most memorable moments in this country happened (where else?) at school. I have a rule in my classroom: Everyone has to participate. You don’t have to be the best; you just have to put forth an effort. About two months or so into my first contract with my current school, I was teaching one of my 6 th grade classes. One of my students wasn’t repeating after me with the class during our “Listen and Repeat” segment. When this happens, the student has to repeat after me alone. Me: “Repeat after me please: I’m thirsty.” Student: (inaudible mumbling) Me: “I’m THIRSTY” Student: (low mumbling) “I’m thirsty” Co-Teacher: (rushes over) Uh, Ka-ren, he is…deaf. Me: (silence) Deaf. My kid is DEAF. Two months in and I had NO clue before that moment. No one told me anything about it. I felt AWFUL. The bad part is that even though he’s deaf his pronunciation was better than half of the class! And to put more salt in the wound, at the end of class he wasn’t even mad at me; he just said “Bye, teacher.”, which made me feel even worse. That weekend I went to Kyobo Bookstore, bought a Korean sign language book, went home and studied. That Monday when I saw him at school I signed “hello” to him in Korean. He signed back to me with a big grin on his face. I can’t fully describe how I felt at that moment. Definitely my most memorable experience in Korea.

What do you like about your area and your school? I really like my area because it’s close enough to Seoul to get there in a reasonable amount of time, but not so near that you get all of the drawbacks of actually living there. It suits me well. Besides being blessed with a co-teacher who is one of the sweetest women I have ever met, the reason that I like my school is easy: my kids. I love them. There are times when they can be the rowdiest bunch of children on the face of the planet! However they’re the reason that I don’t spend each week living only for the weekend. As a teacher, there are times when we can spend hours and hours preparing something that may or may not be a hit in class. It’s a lot of work, but for me, the mere possibility of it going over well with my students is worth the time and effort. On some days, I find

thinking “What izing ess myself m i x in the world am I even a n M e these kids?” fectiv oom teaching f E y While on others it M r s Clas feels like I‟ve hit the in the educational jackpot. As Native Language Instructors in Korea, we are often at a loss of how exactly this system functions. In this environment, I often wonder how I can maximize my effectiveness in minimal time. Although it is still evolving, I have worked out a few ways to evaluate my level of teaching and the extent of my effectiveness through three primary windows of focus. First, emphasizing cultural education and building a perception of the English-speaking world beyond the classroom. A great way to do this for the students is through the annual English Camp. Te goal here seems to be bringing a realization that the English world actually exists beyond the classroom through different activities like musical chairs, „swop meets‟, face-painting... the whole nine. During this summer‟s English Camp, my goals were simple: utilizing this opportunity to build relationships with the students and fostering natural learning through „sneaky studying‟. The first, is purely based upon our own day-to-day motivation, while the latter takes a bit more preparation. I chose to teach my students „comparatives and superlatives‟. Although they never knew the names of the terms they were

learning, through our „mini-Olympics‟ they were able to successfully demonstrate that they: a) understood and b) could use each term successfully. Along with English Camp, we have started a pen-pal exchange program to create relationships between our students and the English speaking world. This has proven to be a very successful motivator in the children‟s personal interested of learning English. Next, is pursuing „Conversation Activation‟ among each level of language learner. For the students who are bolder and posses a higher level of ability, they are able to come in and speak with me during lunch about any topic of their choice. For the more shy students, or those at the lower level, they can write to me through our English website or reply to the diaries that I post on there. Finally, I evaluate my own English abilities by the degree of real-world English I use in the classroom or hear my students using. My three areas of major focus are: resisting the English-y, using common expressions, and expecting students to communicate outside of the textbook in English. Through these areas of focus, I am able to wrap my mind around what it is I am accomplishing now and how I am contributing to the future of my student‟s English education, as well as my specific English program. Whatever your work situation may be, I urge you to outline how you can best use your time here and use that to evaluate and motivate yourself toward a successful and purposeful teaching experience! Kelsey Phillips Gwangmyeong Elementary School Gwangju Hanam

**Editor’s Note: Know an outstanding teacher in your area? Nominate them to be the next GEPIK


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6 Steps to Create a Lesson

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Booting the Newbie Blues

“Your Facebook status was then quickly changed from ‘I heart Korea!’ to ‘What am I doing here?!?!?’”

Some of us GEPIKans may have experienced something like this in one way or another during our first day or even our first week, especially for beleaguered, unexperienced newbies who have been thrown in charge of a classroom in a foreign country without much guidance on what to do or where to begin in order to become an effective English teacher. Many are desperate to become a successful teacher and overcome what I‟ve aptly termed as the “newbie blues.” Thus, in order to make it easier booting the newbie blues, I‟ve elaborated on a few tips that have helped me pave a smooth road to success teaching English in Korea. Co-teacher communication – Getting on the same page as your co-teacher in what he/she wants to do and wants you to do concerning each class session is vital. Since co-teachers can be unpredictably called into a morning meeting up until the commencement of the first class, implementing discussions a day in advance would be the smartest thing. Even if you discern you are going to bother your coteacher, make the utmost effort to have a discussion with him/her even if it‟s going to be rather brief concerning the touchstones of each lesson. You‟ll quickly discover that this will eliminate confusion in the classroom concerning your roles, allow for instructional fluidity without uncomfortable pauses, and lower your stress in regards to knowing what you‟ll exactly need to prepare and do. However, if there are severe language barriers, try your best to commence discussions anyway; it will probably end up with you being more assertive in lesson planning and taking on the primary role in leading the class, but at least you‟ll know. Ultimately, the students are those who benefit the most when the co-teacher and native English teacher are both on the same page.

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Life & Culture

After living and working in Korea for any period

of time, our teachers have begun to pick up on and get used to all of the funny, bizarre, amazing and just plain… random things that they may encounter in their day-to-day experiences. We asked, and got some answers so… ...you can walk down the street at night without feeling unsafe

...you reach straight for chopsticks instead of a fork when cake is served. Chrissy Barnes ...you see a cellphone shop, real estate office and Paris Baguette on every corner. ...someone is visiting your place and needs a napkin, so you offer them a roll of bathroom tissue. - Johan Young

...you always hand items with your right hand and your left hand on your right forearm. - Andrew Hill

...you miss kimchi while on vacation. ...you carry a toothbrush Andrew Saab in your breast pocket when you go out for the day.

You know you live in Korea if/when…

...you use scissors to cut food. - Andrew Smith

...you eat purple rice, hot soup in summer and pickles with pizza without even blinking.

...you start pronouncing words in Konglish. - Dante Threats

...you bow at everyone when you return to your home country on holidays.

...you like having corn on your pizza. - BJ Thompson

...you go to the toilet to sit but find you need to squat. - Chantal Michael ...your seafood dinner is still moving. - James Melbourne

Have you already visited all the popular places in Seoul? Getting bored of hanging out in the same old spots; Myeong-dong, Heyri Art V Hongdae, Itaewon, etc.? If you’re looking for a change and want alley (G yeonggi-d to do something that offers more culture, Gyeonggi Province is o Paju-s just the place to do it. There are many worthwhile places to visit, - The Heyri Art Valle ) y is composed of 3 check out some places that made our list! 80 or so p ainters, m cians, wri us ters, and a Paju Book City rchitects w irun their o ho w n worksho (Gyeonggi-do Paju-si) ies, and th ps, gallere a - If you want to see some inwork. Vari ters displaying their ous exhib ark P rt A g n itions and teresting architectures, visit hands-on Anya ang-si) programs i-do Any g e g ic n n o e are offere is y year roun G the Paju Book City. It will take eason d d. autumn s Since the go hikny people a m l, o o sted in and c lso intere a e r a u o go, ing. If y where to not sure t u b g in is the hik Art Park g n a y n beginthe A for hike e c s of art la p ful work ti perfect u a e b 2 local joy the 5 famous y b ners. En d te crea sts! seas arti and over

about 3~4 hours to look around the beautiful architecture; you can take a break at the book café in the City.

Garden of Morning Calm (아침고요수목원) (Gyeonggi-do Gapyeong-si) - You don’t need to go up on the mountains to get a view of blossom trees in autumn. The Garden of Morning Calm is very beautiful place for photographers; the variety of flowers and multicolored trees will be the perfect models. The romantic starlight will welcome you during the winter!

Su-Won Hwaseong Fortress (Gyeonggi-do Suwon-si) - Traditional buildings where the Korean kings and queens used to live are very delicate and elaborate. The Hwaseong Fortress is a place which the 22nd king of Joeon Dynasty. Feel the spirit of his strong power from the Fortress!


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Seasonal Health Tips and

The Easiest Jeon Making Recipe

“SOME Gift ideas for your co-workers” Sharing some gifts with co-workers is one of the good ways to build and to maintain a good rapport with them. However, it’s difficult to select the things that they will like or enjoy right? Here are some gift ideas to help your choice! ★ Something from home to share your culture. May Korean teachers are curious about other cultures (especially your culture) and want to know about it. Get some small souvenirs from back home, cowboy hats, traditional instruments, honey, famous coffee or teas, chocolate, wine/whisky, cigars and etc. ★ Something small and not expensive, but meaningful enough to show your heart. Talk with your coworkers to know their interest and get something that is related to their interest. Maybe some Aromatic candles, cell phone or key chains, Ties/Scarves, T-shirts and etc. ★ Something yummy to boost up the energy. Working with students make teachers exhausted easily. Maybe get some sweets like Krispy Cream or Dunkin Donuts, Fruits, Cookies or candies to keep them smiling. ★ Something unique and special to make them remember you. The things that they cannot easily get will make them impressed. Maybe bring some Home-made Gingerbread Cookies or Cakes, Organic Gochujang and Doenjang, health (vitamins or some kind of supplements).

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In a big bowl, put the flour and the chopped kimchi. Put the Kimchi juice squeezed from Kimchi and some water in the bowl. Do not put too much water; make it a little be thick like yogurt.

3 Mix them all together. 4 Put some oil and 1 ladle of the mix on a pan. 5 Wait until the Jeon gets darker and flip it over.

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Now, it’s ready to serve! *serve with some soy sauce.

Enjoy these delicious teas to keep

Citron tea (You-Ja Cha): Citron has vitamins C found more than in oranges, which helps to prevent colds and known to be very good for sore throat plus it also helps to enhance good skin conditions.

Jujube tea (Dae-Chu Cha): Jujube contains vital minerals, such as manganese, iron, phosphorus and calcium. These elements work synergistically to create general health and well being and bolster the immune system.

Plum tea (Mae-shil Cha): Plum cleans your intestine and maintains blood sugar levels and digestive health.

Preparing for Winter

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Honey Maximowiczia tea (O-Mi-Ja Cha): Omija, a widely used medicinal herb is good for curing kidney disease, coughing and asthma.

Special Korean Fall Seasonal Foods Octopus (낙지;Nak-ji) Have you tried live octopus? Octopus meat is a great source of vitamin B12, selenium, zinc and iron that are beneficial to the body. It also prevents cancer and Lessens symptoms of asthma. Go to Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul to find the freshest octopus! Try some live octopus with plum wine too! If you find hard to eat live octopus, boiled or spicy octopus dishes arae also very tasty.

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GEPIK CONNeXion

ART

This section is about bridging our GEPIK teachers, coordinators, and something special about your district, or related to GEPIK teachers a

Provided The Perfect Legacy

As I began to organize and pack up my desk at school a few weeks before my contract finished, I started to think about legacy: How would my time and impact at my school be remembered? It can be incredibly difficult to wrap up one’s life in Korea, especially after a long time abroad. I had been living and working in the ROK for nearly six years; however, I can say without doubt that working at Bumgye Middle School in Anyang, for the past three years, was the most rewarding time both personally and professionally of my life. I wanted to express my gratitude to the students, teachers, administration, and most importantly, to the principal; for it was they, through their endless kindness, enthusiasm, and generosity who ensured that my teaching was successful. After some thought, and knowing there are several popular traditional gift ideas in Korea (rice cakes are a good example), I decided to go with a more non -traditional one: two of my father’s paintings.

My father lived in Korea for nearly a year in 2009. He accompanied my mother who taught at Dangdong Elementary School in Gunpo at the same time. He is a former art teacher and accomplished painter and during his stay in Korea painted some of his most beautiful works. He was, of course, inspired by Korea’s stunning natural beauty, the mountains, valleys, rivers, and flora. I chose two of his pastel and ink works, entitled Memories of Korea and Spring in Anyang, as gifts. These are impressions of the beautiful springtime flowers that can be found in the bushes sounding the cities of Anyang and Gunpo. I presented the works on my last day at school when giving my farewell address over the school’s TV system. I felt that they were well received. Principal immediately had the paintings hung in the school’s English

It comforts me to think about those two paintings at Bumgye Middle School and what they represent. For me, they embody the positive feelings of a foreign teacher’s Korean immersion experience; for the school, hopefully, they are a reminder of their former English teacher and inspire future generations of students. Years from now, when I return to Korea, what a welcome sight it would be to see those two paintings still hanging at my old school. Andrew T. Osborne, GEPIK Alumni Bumgye Middle School , Anyang

n a e Kor er n r o K

Practice your Korean with these shopping phrases!

Shopping Vocabulary 비싸 (bi-ssa) = expensive 영수중 (young-soo-joong) = receipt 환불 (hwan-bool) = return 교환 (gyo-hwan) = exchange

Useful Shopping Phrases object) ~있어요? (object) ~it sseo yo? Do you have (object)?

(object) ~어디에 있어요? object) uh-di-ae-it-suh-yo? Where can I find (object)?

이것은 얼마예요? Ee guts eun uhl mah ye yo? How much is this?

몇시에 닫아요? Myuht shi ae dahd ah yo? What time do you close?

너무 비싸요. That’s too expensive. Nuh moo bee ssah yo.

좀 깎아 주세요. jom-gga-gga-ju-se-yo. Please give me a discount.


d Gyeonggi province together—like a true GEPIK Bibimbap. If there is anything you would like to share based on and district coordinators, please send it to gepikbibimbap@gmail.com

Looking Back: Time with

I first came to Korea in 2005 with a hunger for travelling and a curiosity about the teaching profession. While I enjoyed the experience of living in a new culture, I found out rather quickly that I didn’t know much about teaching. The GEPIK program’s brief orientation upon my arrival felt all too short – it helped immensely with many of the different cultural expectations I’d be faced with, but I didn’t feel I would measure up as a teacher. And in the beginning I didn’t. But with the friendship and patience of my first co-teacher, I was able to move past those first few awkward months. As I gradually grew in confidence and ability, I came to enjoy teaching. Before I knew it, 2 years had passed. My girlfriend (now fiancée) and I felt that teaching was what we wanted to do, (and we missed smoked bacon, cheese and Tim Hortons) so we made the decision to move back to Canada to pursue our teaching degrees. Our last few weeks were a blur of farewell meetings, dinners and parties. We collected many mementos of our time here and our friends and family back home were enthusiastic about our return. We were prepared to go home. However, I was not prepared for missing my Korean life as much as I did. I never really went through the typical “Reverse Culture Shock”, but I did catch myself telling too many “this one time in Korea” stories. Of course, how could I not? My time in Korea had changed me profoundly on a personal and professional level. Over time, my fiancée and I would often reminisce about 닭도리탕, public transportation and the camaraderie we shared with our coworkers and friends here. While we were in Korea we missed the comforts of home - at home, we missed all the Korean comforts. So when there was an opportunity to move back to Korea, we jumped at the chance.

Who do I call?! Important contact info for our teachers...

Whether you print it out or jot it down, keep this list with you because these are some of the most important contacts that every GEPIK teacher should know. Keep it handy because you never know when you'll need it if a situation should arise. National Tax Service: www.nts.go.kr/eng/ Foreigner helpline: 1588-0560 or 02-2076-5711 National Pension Service: www.nps.or.kr Call center: 1355 Korea Immigration service: www.immigration.go.kr Call center: 1345 National Health Insurance Company: www.nhic.or.kr/portal/site/eng Call center: 1577-1000 or 02-390-2000 (English service) Labor board: 1350 (press 7 for English) Call center: 132 (for civil action; contract disputes)

Our past year in Korea has been fun. It’s been great to revisit everything and everyone we missed. And it’s been enlightening to put our recent education into practice. But we find ourselves once again going to farewell parties, collecting more souvenirs, and saying our goodbyes. Ministry of Employment and Labor: We’re now busying ourselves with preparations for our future. But at the same time, as I look for- www.moel.go.kr/english/main.jsp Call center: 031-345-5000 ward, I think to myself: “We’ll always have Paris Korea.” Leif Raiha, GEPIK Alumni Tanbeol Middle School, Gwangju Hanam

Coordinators at the Office Q: I have five paid leave days left. My contract ends in September and I would like to use my remaining paid leave days to leave early before my contract ends. Is this possible? A: No. According to your contract, you have to complete the full 365 working days. Your paid vacation days are valid only during the time when school, classes and/or camps are not in session. Leaving before the end of your contract means that you have not fulfilled the full contract term, so please be sure to manage your vacation time well!

Q: I had wonderful experience in Korea, but I’ve decided not to renew my contract this year. I have found a new job in China and would like to fly to directly to China instead of going back home after my contract. If the flight ticket to China is cheaper, can my school just reimburse me for this instead? A: No. In your contract, it clearly states that the school is only responsible for reimbursing your airplane ticket to your home country (more specifically, the closest airport to your home city. The cost, whether it is cheaper or not, is irrelevant as the school is only responsible for your flight home. Please note, that the airfare reimbursement to and from your home country is offered by GEPIK out of good faith and is not an invitation to travel elsewhere once your contract term ends.

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What would I find in your refrigerator right now? Nothing but Spam, kimchi and 옥수수 수염차 (corn leaf tea).

Is listening to Gym Class Heroes “Stereo Hearts now.

One achievement or skill you are proud of? Being bilingual (Korean and English). It got me the coordinator job with GEPIK, and look at me now! Becoming the head coordinator has got to be one of my best achievements.

Ary Kim added Superhero Superpowers - TELEPORTATION

Most challenging time as a coordinator? I don’t have a specific time span, but I guess the most challenging thing is keeping the coordinators motivated. I, myself, often find myself falling into this routine where I feel so unmotivated. I try to surround myself with positive energy so that I can also become a motivating person for my coordinator team.

Blood type: A Birthday: September 16 Birthplace: TAMUNING, GUAM, USA!! Nationality: U.S.A. Eye color/hair color: Dark Brown Favorite color: Yellow Favorite subject in school: English

Ary Kim was tagged in I hate travelling whether it be a 10 hour plane ride or just a mere 10 minute walk’s album.

I LOVE 유재석 (Yoo Jae Seok)!!!

Ary Kim likes 2ne1, BigBang, Beast, Mblaq, 4men, Vibe, and 박정현 to favorite singers. First thought after winning the lottery? HIDE!! Ary Kim likes to sit at a café for hours and go people watching; observe the way people dress, the way they talk, the way they walk, and just how people interact with each other.

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...you will be missed~! Thank you to our contributors… Page 2: Karen Paige, Kelsey Phillips Page 3: Jeremy White, Paul Monroe Graham Page 4: Chrissy Barnes, Andrew Saab, Johan Young, Andrew Hill, Dante Threats, BJ Thompson, Andrew Smith, Chantal Michael, James Melbourne Page 5: Andrew T. Osborne Page 6: Leif Raiha

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? We are open to your GEPIK stories and experiences! E-mail us at gepikbibimbap@gmail.com. You never know! It might be your story in the next issue! Team BBB: GEPIK Coordinators


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