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Welcome to Expacked (Issue #84)

August 12, 2010

Summer vacation is finally here and I will be flying over to Thailand tomorrow!  While I’m out trekking around this beautiful country, I will also be giving Expacked a vacation too.  Sunset over Seoul

Today’s Expacked will be the last issue for this month and we will be back up and running in September.  Expacked issue #85 will be out on Thursday, September 2nd.

Helping new teachers

If you are leaving Korea and being replaced by a new teacher, or even if you just know of  new teachers coming to your school/hagwon, it always helps to write down a list of useful tips for them when they arrive.  Coming to Korea is a huge challenge and any help you can give them will be greatly appreciated by any new teacher.

What should you include in this?

A good start would be to explain how the lessons are set out and where the new teacher should be starting from.  Go through any point systems you have in place and any other relevant details you could give them for the classroom.

It is also important to write down and list of useful websites that you use.  You don’t need to write down every website you know, only the ones that have been the most useful to you.  The new teacher can use this as a good starting point and they will easily find other sites on their own.

My top websites would be: Barryfunenglish, (for GEPIK lesson materials),, Lanternfish and ESL Galaxy.  Of course, don’t forget to mention about Expacked, for keeping updated on news for teachers in Korea!!!

This is just a very quick list and I am sure there is a lot more you could write down to help out a new teacher.  What else would you include?  Share your thoughts in the comments section at the end of newsletter!

Here are the teaching and interest stories this week:

Feel free to comment on any of these stories and continue to share Expacked with your friends. Enjoy the read and, of course, have a good laugh at this week’s jokes.




Corporal punishment ban to begin

What has been considered an effective method of supervising and teaching students in Korean schools – corporal punishment – is being overturned from the bottom up.

Corporal punishment in schools will be banned in all of Gyeonggi Province, to be replaced by Green Mileage, a reward and punishment system, starting this October.

Click Here for the Full Story (Source: JoongAng Daily)

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Drastic actions taken to prevent more explosions

After the explosion of a compressed natural-gas bus on Monday, many regional governments and other agencies are taking drastic actions to prevent another disaster.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has prohibited about 100 CNG buses that were produced in 2001 from operating until they pass safety checks.

Click Here for the Full Story (Source: JoongAng Daily)

Editors Note: Click Here for the original story about the bus explosion and you can see CCTV footage of Monday’s accident below.

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Rules eased to attract more foreign students

The government will drastically ease regulations to attract more foreign schools and global talent, aiming to draw more than 100,000 exchange students by 2012.

To appeal to overseas students, the government will lower health insurance premiums for students from abroad, which they are mandated to pay while here and make the immigration procedure simpler.  Education Minister Ahn Byung-man Wednesday unveiled a package of measures aimed at establishing a foreigner-friendly schooling system.

Click Here for the Full Story (Source: The Korean Times)

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ATEK Press Release: Presidential nominations extended to Wednesday Aug 11

The end date for ATEK Presidential Nominations, has been extended from Friday, August 6, to Wednesday, August 11.  According to the presidential elections timeline, campaigning will go from August 12 to August 26, instead of from August 7 to August 26, and voting will begin on August 27.

In the General Members forum, one ATEK member has submitted her candidacy for President. While Ms. Jaehee Oh, comes highly recommended, a campaign with two candidates presents a choice, and a better opportunity for candidates to express their visions for ATEK’s future.

For details on how to submit one’s candidacy, see the July issue of the ATEK Newsletter.  Any general member or officer can submit their candidacy.

Rob Ouwehand

ATEK National Communications Officer

(Source: ATEK)

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Koreans need to sleep moreThis photo belongs to Kekka's photostream on Flickr

Koreans do need more sleep. The lack of rest has become a serious issue here as more people suffer extreme fatigue which leads to a substantial amount of socioeconomic loss, according to a group of doctors.

The Korean Academy of Sleep Medicine (KASM) surveyed 554 salaried workers and found that the average amount of time people spent sleeping was 6.5 hours a day, more than a full hour lower than the average 7.75 hours of sleep people get in the U.S.

Doctors recommend between seven to eight hours a day.

Click Here for the Full Story (Source: The Korean Times)

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Jeju takes aim at Asian education hub

Korea has seen large amount of hard-earned dollars flow out of the country, with many students and workers heading overseas for education, particularly English learning.

With a few foreign students coming here to study, the nation has been posting a huge deficit in education payment over the years. In January alone, Korea recorded a deficit of $470 million.

Click Here for the Full Story (Source: The Korean Times)

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August 27: Living in Seoul orientation session

“Are you new to Seoul?”

“Are you curious about what there is to see and do in the city?”

“Do you know about all of the support services available for foreigners?”

On Friday August 27th at 10:30am we will be having a Living in Seoul Orientation Session at the Itaewon-Hannam Global Village Center. At this session you will be able to learn about all the services and great opportunities that are out there for foreigners living in this city.

Click Here for the Full Story (Source: Seoul City Blog)

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Chadwick drawing international students

Chadwick International, the first U.S. brand school in the Incheon Free Economic Zone, will make every effort to draw as many international students as possible to meet a mandatory quota on foreign pupils, despite the fact its headmaster sees the task as “difficult.”

Under the Free Economic Zone Law, international schools have to enroll non-Korean nationals accounting for 70 percent of the total students. The Korean government has given the school a five-year grace period to complete the requirement as fewer foreign students have so far moved into the special economic zone.

Click Here for the Full Story (Source: The Korean Times)

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5 Reasons to join your expat community when living abroad

I found jawbreakers! Oh yes I did! I found jawbreakers, Chance found dried garbanzo beans (which equals hummus! yum!) and Margaret found soy products at Emart. Okay, just so that you know I’m not totally worthless, I did find Goldfish crackers at HomePlus, dried lentils in Itaewon and soy chicken nuggets at Loving Hut. The expat game of life abroad is sometimes, like playing Scavenger Hunt!

Moreover, my cool expat community here is quickly making me realize how I underestimated being a part of one. I don’t know how I would have gotten by without them. I used to think of expats as isolated bunch, desperately clinging to each other to shield themselves from their foreign environment, but that’s not been the case. Many expats are very accepting of their environment and open to making local friends; unfortunately, that’s not enough for survival or often times, sanity.

5 Reasons to join an Expat community:

Click Here for the Full Story (Source: GRRRL Traveler)

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This week’s jokes:

1) Fashion Change (ROKetship)

ROK Fashion Chg WEB

By Luke Martin (

2) Slow down

Farmer John lived on a quiet rural highway. But, as time went by, the traffic built-up at an alarming rate. The traffic was so heavy and so fast that his chickens were being run over at a rate of three to six a day.

So one day Farmer John called the sheriffs office and said, “You’ve got to do something about all of these people driving so fast and killing all of my chickens.”

“What do you want me to do?” asked the sheriff.

“I don’t care,” said Farmer John. “Just do something about these crazy drivers!”

So the next day, he had the county workers go out and erected a sign that said, SLOW: SCHOOL CROSSING.

Three days later Farmer John called the sheriff and said, “You’ve got to do something about these drivers. The school crossing sign seems to make them go even faster.”

So, again, the sheriff sends out the county workers and they put up a new sign that said, SLOW: CHILDREN AT PLAY.

But that sped them up even more! So Farmer John kept calling, and the sheriff kept changing the signs. Finally, Farmer John said to the sheriff, “Your signs are doing no good. Can I put up my own sign?”

The sheriff was ready to let Farmer John do just about anything in order to get him to stop calling every day. He said, “Sure thing, put up your own sign.” And after that, the sheriff got no more calls from Farmer John.

Three weeks later, curiosity got the best of the sheriff and he decided to give Farmer John a call. “Hows the problem with those drivers? Did you put up your sign?”

“Oh, I sure did. And not one chicken has been killed since then. I’ve got to go. I’m very busy.” He hung up the phone.

The sheriff was really curious now and he thought to himself “I’d better go out there and take a look at that sign… it might be something that WE could use to slow down drivers…”

So the sheriff drove out to Farmer Johns house, and his jaw dropped the moment he saw the sign. It was spray-painted on a sheet of wood:

NUDIST COLONY – Go slow and watch out for the chicks.

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