Just in case anyone has a Daegu Bank account and needs to check their balance from overseas (or…in country, as well, I suppose)…
I’m sure there are other cheap ways to go about this, but Skype averages about 10 cents for a quick balance check.
This is the basic order things will happen and as menu options are available. Note, when the system first answers it is all in Korean. If you speak it, great, if you don’t then go ahead and skip the long message by just pressing 7 for English.
+82 53 742 5050 (this includes the country code first)
1st menu: Press 7 for English
2nd menu: Press 3 for balance
When prompted: Enter first 6 digits of your ARC number (aka your birth date) then # sign: yymmdd #
When prompted: Enter Account number then # sign (inside front cover of bank book)
3rd menu: Press 2 for normal mode
When prompted: Enter 4-digit PIN (the one you use for your card at ATM)
System spells out your name then gives balance
Seriously. If you want to work as an ESL teacher in South Korea then you need to get FLEXIBLE and fast! I have seen and heard so many people that are frustrated, angry and complaining about their school not providing internet access (or if they have it then it’s not consistent). Considering all the truly valid concerns that people may have about working in education overseas, this is not one that should be making the list. My personal experiences have been with DGEV but this applies to so many schools/camps/hagwons and really isn’t even confined to South Korea.
To clarify: I consider myself a loud and proud EdTech cheerleader. My MSED studies revolve around it! I absolutely love using technology in the classroom and know for a fact that it really enhances or even completely changes the learning experience. I prefer having internet 100% of the time for personal and professional reasons.
However, even though this is the 21st century and it is essential that people build technology skills… if it is impossible for you to teach a lesson without internet or tech then you may want to look elsewhere for work.
Perhaps that sounds harsh. But seriously- just save yourself the stress and always be prepared to teach sans internet and/or tech. Or if it means THAT much then do like a couple of teachers I know did and subscribe to a phone plan with unlimited data so you always have a hotspot.
But really- please, please have a serious conversation with yourself about this. Be truthful with yourself- if you are looking to work in South Korea but find it difficult to be flexible then look for work somewhere else. Not everyone can just ‘roll with it’ and that’s okay! We’re all different! But please don’t put yourself in a position where you have to be able to turn on a dime sometimes several times a day. If you are up to the challenge though, being that flexible and demonstrating your abilities in that way is a mad skill. You’ll fly away from Korea
thinking KNOWING that since you successfully completed your contract then you can do anything. *^^*
A few of you find this blog while researching about working in the ROK and sometimes even DGEV in particular so thought I would just toss this little blurb up here to chew on. I may have mentioned this issue before but it bears repeating. Sometimes the information out there is a little sugar-coated and sometimes it’s just nothing but mud slinging. It’s not all good or all bad. I enjoyed teaching in Korea and I will work there again.
The final interview was fun! I definitely felt a bit more relaxed and didn’t lose my train of thought this time around (thank goodness for small favors) and we laughed, a lot.
Ohhhh, but then again… maybe I’m remembering it wrong and I was the only one laughing while he sat there horrified, nervously chuckling while he eyed the power button, wishing he could “accidentally” hit it and run…
Either way, it’s done and I should know in a week.
As a gesture of faith in myself, I ordered a large rolling duffel bag last week that was 70% off. I’m hoping I will be delivered good news and my new luggage all on the same day! *^^*
A note about the interview: once again, I prepared for a behavioral interview and also thought out even more, “What would you do if…” classroom management/situation answers. That was a good thing!
Also, I used my checklist for the first interview and rechecked my Skype settings, background, lighting, all of that.
The questions I wrote down to ask were about (there were more, but were answered in the course of conversation):
- Contacting current teachers (although, several have blogs and I’ve gleaned a LOT of information from them. It sounds creepy haha but if the blogs weren’t meant to be read they wouldn’t be out there, correct?).
- Preparing lesson plans ahead of time (I have a binder full from ed. classes that I’m working on tweaking then scanning/saving on to a flashdrive)
Also, this book was suggested as an excellent reference so I’ve ordered it and will definitely be reading it before I go (as of today, there are quite a few used copies on Amazon.com)!
Learning to Think Korean: A Guide to Living and Working in Korea. Robert L. Kohls
TEFL certificate is finished (edit: by finished, I mean that I have scanned copies of my certificates and the hard copies will be mailed out in the next couple of days)! I tried to figure the hours spent and it probably only took about 130 hours total. Out of that 130, probably 90 hours were intense reading/lesson plan development and the others… well, I may or may not have allowed myself to get sidetracked now and again as I looked through ESL websites.
Overall, I averaged a little over 2 hours a day on all 5 parts plus the written exam portion. I figured if I’m paying for it I might as well get everything I can out of it! It feels wonderful to have that behind me.
Could you complete this in less time? Probably- if you already knew everything and were just going through the motions for the certificate. However, if you were intent on learning everything possible and developing unique, and usable, lesson plans then I would say give yourself at least 6 weeks. Also, you will get very helpful feedback on all of your lesson plans. I submitted mine one at a time as I completed them and the feedback was extremely helpful in fine-tuning each lesson.
My final interview is set for this week.
I am prepared.
I am calm.
I am ready.
(Okay… not *really* calm!!! So excited!!!)