How to Approach the World

South Korea

On my first day of work, I woke up too early, rehearsed too much, and imagined too many scenarios which didn’t end up happening. I thought, “What if the students don’t listen to me? What if they don’t like my lesson? What if they don’t like ME!?” Looking back at my experience teaching English in South Korea, it’s funny to think that I began my new life plagued with all of these worries. 

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A Humbling First Experience

Co-operative Education

Heart racing, sweat forming across the forehead, nervous beyond belief. It is the first day of school, and all the same feelings are flooding back. Except this time, I’m attending school as a co-op student on my first work term at Mediated Learning Academy.

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3 Reasons Why There's No Rush to Finish Your Degree


Matthew enters his fourth year with a newfound perspective on graduation. His time working for SFU Career and Volunteer Services has taught him that when it comes to education, there should be no rush. Here, he shares his top 3 reasons why!

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Type of Experience: 
Co-op Work Term
Organization Information
Dream Language Studios Ltd.
Organization Profile: 
Dream Language Studios is a company that brings a fun and interactive elements to English learning in Hong Kong schools. Working with numerous primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong, the company has recently launched a unique e-learning platform that makes the English language engaging and exciting. In addition to e-learning, the company provides a number of services including materials development, teacher training workshops and English shows.
Experience Details
Position Title: 
Writer/ Materials Development
Responsibilites / Tasks: 
In this experience, I am responsible for writing and developing materials for the company and various schools. Materials have been developed for professional development workshops for teachers introducing English into the classroom and their curriculum. I have also been assigned to correspond and meet with various learning institutions to develop instructional materials for use in the classroom and workshop settings.
What did you learn: 
Thus far, I have gained a lot of insight into the working culture here in Hong Kong. As well, I have learned a lot about the education system here. A new initiative was recently launched that focuses on incorporating the English language into all major classroom subject areas. This has led to a widespread outsourcing in terms of materials development.

International work experience - my experiences working as a writer and materials developer in the Hong Kong education system.

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