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Welcome to Expacked (Issue #53) and the Top Stories of 2009

December 30, 2009

This week’s Expacked edition is coming out a little earlier than normal.  I will be on the road over the next couple of days and thought it was best get this issue out before I left.Busan09247

I can’t believe Christmas has already been and gone.  I also can’t believe that this Friday will be bringing on the year 2010.  Time to renew all your old 2009 goals and resolutions and start looking to what you want to achieve in 2010!

This also means that my 2 week winter vacation is drawing to a close and next week I will be into my winter camp for school.  It’s been a quite vacation for me this time, but that’s fine – I needed a rest from what has been a huge year.

We, at Expacked, have tried to keep you informed about what’s happening in the world of teaching English in Korea, as well as provide you with new and interesting teaching resources to use. Hopefully you have found it useful and it has helped you with living in Korea and in becoming a better teacher.

I also hope that Expacked has brought you closer, and made you feel part of, the Expat teaching community!

Top Stories of 2009

With Koreas obsession with education, especially in learning English, there’s been a lot of interesting developments in 2009.  Here’s my list of the top 7 stories for teachers in 2009 (in no particular order):

  1. 5,000 Korean English Teachers to be Recruited this Year
  2. 100 Schools a Day Close Due to Fears Over the Flu
  3. Job Cancellation Angers Foreign Teachers
  4. 100 Indians to be Recruited as Assistant English Teachers
  5. Canadian Radio – International Exposure to Issue of the Anti English Spectrum
  6. E-2 Visa Holders Can Teach at Firms Legally
  7. Crammers Now Employ More Teachers Than Schools

What do you think of my list? Is there anything that I have left out? What do you think is the number one story?

Place your votes above and find out if others agree with you:

Here’s the stories making the news this week:

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.Have a Great New Year’s Eve party!!!!



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