Believe it or not, but we love teaching. Love it. Teaching in Korea isn’t just a job for us. It’s our careers, and it’s something we’re really passionate about. We teach English in Canada, and we teach English in Korea as well. But it’s hard to explain to people why we like teaching so much, especially since teaching can be such a challenging job. So, Simon decided a year ago or so to start collecting clips of why he loves teaching in Korea so much. He’d walk around the hallways with the camera and get the students just being themselves. Now, finally, we’ve finally put together the clips into a video, and we hope it conveys how fun the students are and why we like teaching so much. Really, interacting with our students is the best part of our jobs, and it’s what makes teaching so enjoyable. Sounds sappy, we know, but this video’s really special to us, and we hope you enjoy it. And, if you’re a teacher as well, we hope you can relate.

  1. Simon, this is really an amazing video. I spent 6 years in Korea. One in Incheon and the people were so awesome. What you did in this video is remarkable. It touched me deeply. I’m serious! I love you guys.

  2. What a wonderful video. Brought tears to my eyes. One of my favorite videos you’ve ever done. Sad youtube took it down. I assume because of the boys t shirt, which is hilarious.

  3. I can’t watch the viedeo from germany :'(((

  4. This is amazing. The students are lucky to have you as a teacher. Does Martina’s students act like this too? Ir reminds me so much of my middle school days.

  5. <3 how neat to see kids being themselves! I am currently in college for TESOL and would love to teach in Korea. What age was your favorite to teach?

  6. I really like this video! It is so encouraging! :)

  7. That was Exceptionally Wonderful! You two are a gift to these children and it shows in their faces.

  8. HAHAHAH. i have a monkey fan like the hello kitty one ur student had xD

  9. This looks like so muck fun! They’re very um, touchy feely? If that’s the right word. Your students are adorable! I bet you miss them :_(

  10. This looks like so muck fun! They’re very um, touchy feely? If that’s the right word. Your students are adorable! I bet you miss them :_(

  11. Aww, seems so fun! x3 Great video! Don’t know if you guys will reply, but out of curiosity, how old were your students o:?

  12. I have always wanted to go to Korea, but now I’m really thinking about teaching over there. Looks like I might be changing my Major :) Thanks guys.

  13. This was such a lovely video. It brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face.
    I did a little bit of English teaching in China and this is making me miss the students so much. It’s great to see them having fun. :)

  14. What a nice video … =) I really enjoy it

  15. I wish my students were that cool. I taught at a private high school that was super up tight.

  16. I just love it! Kids are so happy!!!

  17. Honestly the kids are great, not always the most behaved or motivated but they are kids and you can change that a bit. The prob that people run into in Korea is with the adults(who pay you) and socially. I have had my share of "horror stories" which would've made me think thrice(more than twice) about coming here and I am in EPIK's public school program. You can have a blast with fresh minds if you are creative though. I'm glad to see someone enjoying themselves with their work.

  18. Not lame at all! Thanks Vanessa :D

  19. Love love love this video! It's so nice to see you two enjoy your job so much and adore all your students! Fantastic!

  20. I don't know of Korea hiring anything but English teachers, and the English teachers must be from a Native English Speaking Country as well. I'm sure that somewhere in Korea there must be French teachers: I'm just not sure how or where.

  21. Awesome! Thanks Hope :D I can't believe that two year olds like our videos! Ha!

  22. (cont. from above) I seem to be having a problem with that. Are there any tips you can give me to help me gain the respect that I need to teach properly? Should I back down and agree to whatever is said to me and be a "yesman" ?(which actually I do anyway, I may be to agreeable just to get along). Or be more assertive? OR should I just make this my last year in Korea? I notice you respond to people's comments quite often so I thought I would just ask your opinion about this. I'm really sorry to send such a long comment (with questions mind you) but as of now I don't have any English teacher friends to ask or get their opinion. Keep up the good work and take care!

    • Jennifer,

      Don't worry about the long comments :D We're cool with them.

      As for our camera, we list our gear in the blogging section of our FAQ: http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/korea-faq

      As for how to get respect to teach properly, I think you might be wording it incorrectly. I'd focus on ways on making yourself more interesting so that the students are interested in your classes and what you're saying, rather than finding some way of making yourself more respectable, so that they pay attention to you out of respect. I think students are more effective when they're interested than when they're respectful, because there are plenty of people that I respect that I wouldn't necessarily want to listen to for an entire class.

      Our main goal as teachers was always to make our classes fun, so that students want to come to them and want to see what they're doing for the class. Apart from that, in Korea, we focus a lot on incorporating pop culture references in our classes. Sounds cheesy, I know, and it's not something we'd be doing a lot of back as teachers in Canada, but in Korea they work quite well, which is why we started doing Kpop videos in the first place :D


  23. This is my second year also and I love the children<3; they are totally awesome :D !!!

  24. I'm glad I found this site and this video. Some of the horror stories were starting to get to me. ^^ Thanks so much!

  25. Wow! I got goosebumps watching that! Thank you Simon for sharing that.You teach at a PARTY School… must be real fun. Your students and yourself are very lucky!

  26. OMG i love thiss :D
    korea ftw

    btw does anyone know what the name of the song is?? cause it kicks ass

  27. Wow. Looks like fun~! I want to teach in Korea!!!! Did you use a recruiter?

  28. I love this! It's really all those little moments that make teaching here such a memorable experience. Thanks for all the videos, and keep up the great work!

  29. Really nice video, I'd like to teach now ^^

  30. really cute students…!!

  31. I love your videos!! This one is the best i've found so far. May I ask what camera are u using? They're amazing!

  32. whhaaa! amazing this video make me want to be a teacher someday, right now i want to be a translator so im learning spanish, chinese, korean, and japanese :) …. i want to live in asia someday so ur videos help to give me hope for that. did your love for teaching give you the courage to live all the way in Korea?

    p.s. please why is your dog pudgy is it? why is he green? lol

    • Thanks! We were interested in Korea before we came here, so that's what really drove us to come. As for our dog, he's green because being green is pretty awesome. There's really no better answer than that!

  33. argh damn it i can't watch the video T___T

  34. 당신들이 한국을 더 나은곳으로 만드는 사람이라 생각듭니다. 항상 행복하이소. keep up the good work. and love your videos.

  35. hahahaha
    i'm Korean middle high school student
    Do we look CRAZY?
    littlebit? ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹

  36. The world needs more teachers who care for their students as much as you do. You seem to make a positive impact in their lives.

    Your videos are very charming as well as informative for someone like myself who would like to move to Korea!

  37. What a great observation! You know, I think that's partly my fault: the girls are usually lots of fun, but point a camera at them and they hide. Kind of like Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle. Man, that was such a nerdy comment!

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