Welcome to Expacked (Issue #51)
I hope you are finding a way to keep warm now that the winter weather is starting to hit home. The mercury seems to have taken a nose dive this week and the river/stream that’s running past my school has already frozen over in parts. With Christmas now only a week away, what are the odds of at least a little of the white stuff falling for Christmas?
Another busy year is starting to wind down and, with school’s finishing up for winter vacation, most teachers will be welcoming the rest and doing a bit of travel.
Even for those who don’t have the time off are working throughout the winter, its important to get out and about. There’s a lot to see in Korea and, with transport options like the KTX making travel easy, even a short weekend can be a great experience.
BarryFunEnglish has continued to improve and its great to see they have added two new games to their already solid line-up. I tried out “Crazy Cups” and “Word Scramble” on my kids last week and they both seemed to be fantastic additions.
I especially liked the “Crazy Cups” game, where you have to keep track of the cup with the ball in it. After a few easy rounds, when the students started to think they were all amazing at the game, I selected the bonus round to ramp up the speed and difficultly a lot. The students were glued to the screen and it was great to see how much fun they were having.
Go through to BarryFunEnglish to check out the new games yourself.
Here’s the stories making the news this week:
- ATEK Press Release: Canadian Radio – Bringing International Exposure to the Issue of Anti English Spectrum
- Private Education Spending Gap Hits Record High
- Efforts to Curb Private Education Underway
- The World within Seoul
- English Endures
- Newspapers Key to Fast English Learning
- Foreign Language High Schools get Handed New Rules
- Schools Seek Mergers As No. of Students Hits Record Low
- Jokes: 1) Charades (ROKetship); 2) The Winter Blues; 3) The Beach (Tiger and Bear)
Feel free to comment on any of the stories and make use of the easy sharing options available – in just a few quick clicks you can share any of these stories to all your teaching mates in Korea.
I hope you enjoy the read and, of course, have a good laugh at this week’s jokes at the end.
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