SnapShot(12)

English Pop Song Concert

While I was with my coworkers, enjoying a birthday meal of pumpkin duck, it was suggested we hold an English pop song concert. It was a random announcement, a week before the semester’s final exams. The suggested date was a mere two weeks after my birthday, which didn’t leave much time to organize it. After […]

20120121 blackface

Blackface and Skin Lightening

Blackface on Korean TV isn’t as rare a thing as you might imagine. Quick. Go do a Google search for it. You’ll see there’s a cycle of it appearing on TV, followed by outrage, and then (MAYBE) apologies for the crass behaviour. It’s been going on for decades, but despite the apologies, sometimes the exact […]

DSC00809

Scroozle Says: How to Make a Kickass English Camp

Before I get into the meat and potatoes of this entry, it should be added that this is primarily being aimed at the public school system. English villages and hagwon peeps will need to figure things out on their own. If you’re an EPIK teacher who has to get their school’s English camp ready in […]

Untitled

The Many Faces of Shinchonji- Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL)

1) In Which Scroozle Almost Gets Suckered Into Attending a ‘Cult’ Activity2) Mannam- A Follow-Up Investigation3) Mannam Part 3- The Unintended Trilogy4) 2012 Shinchonji Olympiad5) Is Shinchonji Actually Using Mannam to Promote Itself?6) Mannam- The Statement and the Apology7) Mannam, Shinchonji, and the World Peace Initiative (WPI)- Thoughts Around the Web8) The Curious Case of the Disappearing Article9) Shinchonji Sincheonji Shinchunji 신천지10) The Book of […]

E3 a

June 2014 Donghae EPIK Workshop

I’ve been tapped for this Friday to give a presentation to my fellow EPIK teachers at the Donghae Office of Education. I was originally supposed to do it last year, but it was rescheduled for February, and then rescheduled again for June. The amount of time I’m supposed to be speaking for is around 50 […]

img_wayp

What Is the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG)?

1) In Which Scroozle Almost Gets Suckered Into Attending a ‘Cult’ Activity2) Mannam- A Follow-Up Investigation3) Mannam Part 3- The Unintended Trilogy4) 2012 Shinchonji Olympiad5) Is Shinchonji Actually Using Mannam to Promote Itself?6) Mannam- The Statement and the Apology7) Mannam, Shinchonji, and the World Peace Initiative (WPI)- Thoughts Around the Web8) The Curious Case of the Disappearing Article9) Shinchonji Sincheonji Shinchunji 신천지10) The Book of […]

Profile Pic August 2013

What Kind of Students Do You Have?

I’m often asked the above question when I am discussing the lessons I regularly give my middle school students. It is often voiced in an incredulous tone, as if it were impossible to have students in that age group be well-versed in more advanced areas. As the EFL teacher at the school, I enjoy challenging […]

Untitled-1

And Thus the Age of Scroozle Came to an End

Last week, I officially started my seventh consecutive teaching contract in Korea. That means I am going to spend a year longer in Gangneung than I did in Daegu. For someone who had an original four year plan, I’ve gone slightly over. Today, I went to Donghae and extended my Visa for another year. It was […]

140416-south-korea-ferry-rescue-1145a_5de4afac83d35e5bdc3f76da5121e248

Tragedy Off Jindo: The Sewol Ferry Disaster

At 10:48 AM, on Wednesday morning of April 16th, I was between classes. As I usually do, I went to BBC News to skim the latest headlines. I often catch up on events around the world between classes, in case there’s a nugget of information I can make use of in a lesson. It was […]

IMG_1366

Korea’s Sports Heroes

In recent years, there have been a number of Korean athletes making it big in international sporting markets and events. Their success has been pretty equally split along lines of gender as well, and these athletes have become role-models to many an inspired kid. Schools across the country have a fairly robust PE system, and […]