EPIK Pre-Orientation is cute. BUT it’s really annoying that you have to spend a minimum of 15 minutes on each. I watched all the videos in lesson 11, and read everything, and did the quiz, but only in 13 minutes, so it’s not accepted it :(
So now I’m sat here playing it all on silent while I watch Mad Men and wait for my paycheck to go into the bank. I have no idea how much I’m going to get paid this month because M&S have locked me out of the online payslip system! I know I’m owed from the start of the month to the 4th, and some extra pay that I did in July, but I’m not sure if I’ll get my first week back or anything like that. I’m hoping for around £100 but we’ll see at midnight!
10:17 pm • 9 August 2012 • 2 notes
shephaestion replied to your post: I am finally doing the EPIK pre-orientation. Never…
The EPIK class was waaay monotonous, but not that bad. I’ve been avoiding taking the final test though because I am paranoid! Also, shoes. I know logically I should pack light, but…shoes!!
I know, what if we fail it after all this prep?!? Highly unlikely to happen but you never know! And, shoes…yes. I’m not really a girly girl when it comes to shoes, but somehow I find myself having to choose between three pairs of flats which are exactly the same just different colours :/ We’ll see how it turns out.
10:12 pm • 9 August 2012 • 1 note
minaismint said: Hello,d id you do your TELF/TESL online or did you do an onsite class and how did you like it? I'm researching for myself currently and I know some ppl find it easier to do onlne. Someone has recommended I-to-I. There are just SO many programs out there! Love your blog! -Mina
Hi! I’m so sorry it’s taken me this long to answer - I haven’t been on here properly in a couple of weeks!
Anyway, I did my TEFL online through i-to-i, mainly because I was working full time and could work it around my schedule. It was a decent price, and gave me the basics but was also quite repetitive. You get three months to complete the course, and I think it was three tries to pass the checkpoints or exam sections. I paid for 24hour marking and the tutors always marked the sections really promptly and gave great feedback.
Something you need to consider if you want to go through EPIK is that they’ve recently changed the TEFL qualifications you need. It used to be that you could get through without any TEFL, then you needed 100+, now you have to have at least a 100 TEFL course with 20 hours classroom component. I-to-i offer these around the country at a decent price. Though, if you have the time and money I would highly recommend studying for CELTA.
My plan has always been to teach in Korea for a year or two, save the money, and then study for the CELTA. If you want to make TEFL a career then it’s a brilliant investment and opens up so many more opportunities than a simple online TEFL course does.
2:57 pm • 8 August 2012
I am finally doing the EPIK pre-orientation. Never have I procrastinated so much when it comes to study. Or maybe it’s just been a while since uni??
Anyway, it’s pretty boring and monotone but hopefully once I get to the Korean language and culture section it’ll perk up a bit.
This week has been spent lying around doing nothing and enjoying not having to go to work for a bit. I finished at M&S last Tuesday, and surprising didn’t cry all that much. Go me!
I think I have pretty much everything I need to take with me now, I’d just like to get another pair of jeans and trousers for work. I’m really hoping it’s acceptable to wear stone coloured jeggings at my school because that is literally all I live in right now!
Packing is…coming along? I think. I’ve washed everything I want to take. Going to get on the iron a bit later and sort it all into piles and then try and get rid of half of it. My suitcase already weighs 18kg which is fine because I’m allowed 30kg, but all it has in it is shoes, tampons, and percy pigs. We’ll see! Vacuum bags are definitely going to be a life savour for me!
So, one week to go. I can’t really believe it’s actually happening :)
2:49 pm • 8 August 2012 • 3 notes
I said my first goodbye today. I am going to be a blubbering mess over the next few weeks!
9:45 pm • 22 July 2012 • 1 note
도시락 DOSHIRAK (Korean Lunch boxes): In South Korea, pre-made lunchboxes are sold at Doshirak Cafes for students and people (usually loved ones make them for each other) on the go who need packed lunches (for cheap!). It includes rice, a main meat/entree, and many side dishes. These cafes can be found near business areas or University/School campuses!
9:43 pm • 22 July 2012 • 767 notes