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Puil Foreign Language High School- busan
« on: August 22, 2019, 02:10:40 pm »
Hey all,

Just wondering if anyone has any experince here or knows amything abt this high school. Thanks!

Re: Puil Foreign Language High School- busan
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2019, 07:28:07 am »
It seems to be a regular government-run high school.

As someone who teaches in high school, I can't recommend enough trying to get these kind of jobs.  Out of elementary/middle and high, high schools can be more testing of you as a teacher, but the students are more focused and ready to study and you can try much more difficult classes.  More so in a foreign language high school.  I think it was travellingpantsgirl who was/is a moderator here, who taught in a foreign language high school in another part of Korea and loved the students. 

Re: Puil Foreign Language High School- busan
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2019, 11:44:00 pm »
  Congratulations for having gotten this job. You are lucky that the job came up, but no doubt capable and qualified. I want to second what the other commentator said. Yes, those high school kids may be at a higher level, more focused and more demanding, and if they are in the gifted category, that will be more of a challenge but perhaps a lot of fun too.
   This year, I've been teaching Dutch teenagers, in the U.K. They are somewhat deceptive, in that they can be very glib and fluent, and seem to know everything. But I asked them to define certain words that they seemed to know, and well,  they didn't know. In order to teach them, I had to adapt the material by adding more challenging debate questions. In classes where there was a bit of reading and a debate, I would extend the debate, adding in different scenarios, and asking students to give a critique of what their neighbours had said.
   Depending on the class, you may be able to add authentic materials such as articles from the Guardian newspaper about Brexit, or even something about business English. A business English teacher told me that the intermediate to advanced level  kids I was teaching would probably also love learning business English. As teenagers, it is a new thing, and it will make them feel more grownup.
    The high school in Busan is likely to have kids from intermediate to advanced level. If there is more than one level in a class, you can adapt material by adding extra information and questions for the advanced kids, or giving extra clues for the slower kids.
    High school can be more challenging in Korea, perhaps. My experience at a Korean high school was challenging. It involved teaching at 3 technical high schools, of largely non-academic students. It was tough, because there were very wide differences among classes, and some students were very troubled and bitter. I was accused of being too like a professor even though many classes were fun and lively.

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Re: Puil Foreign Language High School- busan
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2019, 12:10:03 pm »
All excellent advice and OP congrats on the job. High Schools are rare!

One thing I would add is to steer clear of biased articles, for example from the Guardian as mentioned. They are very left-wing and may influence your students opinions. As an educator you should welcome replies/discussion from all angles.
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Re: Puil Foreign Language High School- busan
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2019, 03:26:37 am »
 A business English class might be more neutral and less left wing than the Guardian, and less overtly political than Fox News.  ;D