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It’s Chuseok and I Have a Car

Sorry for the lack of updates these days. Have things been busy? Does that question really need to be answered? Of course, they’ve been busy! I’m now in the midst of my final full semester here in Korea. I’ve got a lot on my plate, but it’s manageable. The lack of writing is more due […]

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What is the Summit for the World Alliance of Religions (WARP Summit Seoul 2014)?

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]