COVID-19: Contactless activities in Korean Elementary EFL classes.

COVID-19 in Korea

It is undeniable that COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives and the working order of even the smallest things. Schools, in particular are sensitive spaces given the high concentration of people within an isolated area for an extended period of time. Precautions and modifications to school function is particularly important and teachers are challenged in finding new ways to conduct their classes.

The start of the new school year in Korea has been delayed for several months and things will in some ways return to “normal” in the coming weeks as rolling resumption of classes begin nationwide.

Various changes in schools related to teaching.

  • Smaller class sizes (some schools)
  • Seats separated at a mandated distance from each other
  • English rooms: No longer being used for English instruction to limit the movement of students, and therefore, possible exposure/spread of infections.
  • Regulations on pair/group activities: limits communicative teaching approaches.
  • Individual materials: No longer able to share supplies; i.e. markers, scissors, pens.
  • Masks: Unable to see students speaking techniques.

-Moving forward

While there are many challenges still ahead as we navigate this new normal, take some comfort in knowing you are not alone. This list is not meant to be exhaustive and you may find that in your classroom they may work best as warm up/review activities rather than drill/hard production. Here are a few activities that you may use in your classrooms that make learning English fun (trust me, we all need some fun during these wild times). Continue reading

EPIK: Common questions -With answers from coordinators

Here I have compiled a list of some of the questions and answers from the official EPIK Fall 2016 Facebook page. I hope this is helpful, especially since the people asking the questions are real applicants in real situations and the answers are coming from real EPIK coordinators themselves.


Q: Not sure if this has been asked before, but if we don’t get our first choice for placement- how will EPIK place us? Is there a way to tell them about our second and third choices?

A: Epik Coordinator – We only provide one option for a preference location and do not give a secondary preference location. On rare occasions, some applicants may be asked to change their preference if there are some issues with their documents or they are not eligible for the location they have selected initially.


Q: Does anyone know when we’re allowed to take vacations? I imagine it depends on each school, but just for reference? My dad wants to get married in early June 2017 so I’m wondering if that would fall within a vacation period. Thanks!

A: Epik Coordinator – This depends on schools primarily, but for the most part the summer vacation period is in August and the winter vacation period in February. As noted above, most schools will have camps during this period, so your vacation days will usually be taken in these months and around your camp obligations.


Q: Since I only have my earlobes pierced do I still need the tattoo and piercing sworn declaration?

A: Epik Coordinator – In your situation, that document is not needed Continue reading