The BELTA blog has a new URL location




YOU can check out The BELTA blog at its new online location


It’s quite similar, the only difference is, if I’ve dropped the extension in the URL. THAT’S IT… nothing drastic šŸ™‚

o, and now you can join a forum / community chat to inquire, discuss, and learn about the various aspects pertaining to living and teaching abroad right from people who have done just that.


See you over there! And tell a friend and a stranger too :)D


Secret of a Passionate English Language Teacher



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I still get nervous butterflies before meeting a new class

I still get nervous butterflies when introducing a new lesson. You never know how its going to go over with the class. If you explanation will go right. If they understand. If they will get what you intend for them to get from the lesson.

I wonder if veterans can vouch if this ever goes away… Guess I’ll find out in time :0

Personalized Skype Chats about moving to and living in South Korea



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What is ESL? What is EFL? and what is the difference?

ESL stands for “English as a Second Language.” TESL stands for Teaching English as a Second Language.

Now you may have heard of ESL, EFL, ESOL and/or TESL, TEFL & TESOL.

The “T” always stands for Teaching.Ā 

The “E” always stands for English.

The “S” and the “F” is where it may get a bit confusing.

S = Second (Language); F = Foreign (Language)

When the “S” is used (appropriately), it refers to teaching English to non-native English speakers of the language in a country where English is the main language. i.e., You teach ESL to spanish speakers in America.

When the “F” is used (appropriately), it refers to teaching English to non-native speakers of the language outside of an English speaking country, often times in the learners OWN country, i.e. teaching English in South Korea. English is not a second language to them, it is a foreign language.

ESOL = English to Speakers of Other Languages

How to apply for EPIK in South Korea

Applicants must meet the following basic requirements to be eligible for the EPIK Program:

  1. Be a citizen of one of the 7 designated English speaking countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, South Africa or the United States of America
  2. Have lived in one of the 6 designated English speaking countries for at least 10 years
  3. Have studied in one of the six designated English speaking countries from the junior high school level (7th grade)
  4. Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree. One recruiting company, Korvia explains the detailsĀ here.
  5. Be mentally and physically healthy
  6. Possess a good command of the English language
  7. Have a clean criminal record
  8. Have desire and ability to adapt to living in Korea
  9. Commit to at least one year in South Korea

* Male citizens of the Republic of Korea under the age of 35 must have completed mandatory service in the Korean military or have received a waiver.

*This list should also include a TEFL certificate or other TESOL/CELTA certification. You don’t need to have this before you apply, but you must complete it before you leave.

There are two intakes for Korea one in Fall and one in Spring, but it’s never to early to begin getting your documents together and seriously considering why you want to go. For more information check out theĀ Official Epik Site.