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Happy Time Go Fast: Invaluable Lessons from Teaching English Abroad (Do U English)

Happy Time Go Fast: Invaluable Lessons from Teaching English Abroad (Do U English) [Kindle Edition]

Wes Weston
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Humorous, informative, lighthearted and educational, Happy Time Go Fast takes you inside the classroom and standing in front of the students. Wes Weston shares amusing stories and anecdotes that illustrate his misadventures with discipline, classroom management, positive reinforcement, and even school romance. These experiences are then put into context with Korea's rigid English education system where the English craze is uncanny.

Happy Time Go Fast also takes you outside the classroom, examining what it’s like to live in a foreign country. From learning the Korean language to learning how to use chopsticks, from discovering the fascinating world of Konglish to discovering the tranquility of Korean saunas, Wes Weston reveals some of the cultural norms and quirks of life in South Korea.

Whether you’re considering teaching English in Korea, or just intrigued by the thought of it, Happy Time Go Fast paints a vivid picture of a teacher’s life in Korea, folds it into a paper airplane, and sends you flying towards an overseas adventure.

About the Author

Wes Weston is a nomadic individual. Upon graduating from the University of Colorado in 2002, he spent the following two years roaming about. During this time, Wes backpacked across Western Europe, traveled to Paraguay to work as a volunteer, completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and worked seasonal jobs in Florida and Alaska to finance his wanderlust. Then, in 2004, Wes moved abroad for the first time in his life. What better place to begin an international escapade than the tropical country of Costa Rica. While living in Costa Rica, Wes worked as a volunteer coordinator for Habitat for Humanity International. He also encountered numerous people who taught English overseas. Finally, a vocation was chosen. Since 2006, Wes has taught English abroad in several different countries. His work experience reflects a unique and diverse teaching career, involving various cultures, learning institutions, and age groups. Wes has taught ESL in South Korea, working one year at a language academy and two years at a university. He has also worked at a public high school in rural Namibia, discovering what it’s like to live without comfortable amenities both in and out of the classroom. Most recently, Wes taught at a Catholic orphanage in the Dominican Republic working with at-risk children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1102 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480273422
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wes Weston (9 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2WCKW2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wes Weston is a nomadic individual. He has trouble staying in one place, which is probably why all of his possessions can fit into his backpack. Wes has traveled to over 40 countries around the world, and he has likely worn socks with sandals in most of them. Wes has spent nearly a decade living and working abroad, working in such exotic destination as Costa Rica, South Korea, Namibia, the Dominican Republic, and Berkeley, California. He has learned much from his travel experiences, including that he should have signed up for a frequent flyer account years ago.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Curious people 8 Nov 2013
By Atir
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People who go to live and work in another country (even the next county sometimes), usually have a different perspective of the world around them. It can sometimes be a very steep learning curve but worth it. Yes, it also quite often entails educating the locals of the 'visitor's' homeland. -Looking forward to Wes' next book.
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I can relate to Wes's TEFL adventure completely. Having travelled the world as TEFL teacher I always wished that I had taught in South Korea, but even more so after reading this book. I love the way Wes talks about his experiences in the class and also actually living in the country. I would recommend this book to anyone thinking of TEFLing around the world. A great buy for potential TEFL teachers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful 12 May 2014
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This book contains some useful information on classroom management and making the transition to teaching ESL. It's quite well written and the narrator comes across as an engaging and nice guy. Worth a read for anyone considering whether TESL in Korea is for them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to work in Korea. Read this book! 24 April 2014
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This book gives you a taste of life teaching in Korea. It is an absolute must read for anyone thinking about teaching in Korea. It is written very well and an enjoyable and funny read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good tale for newbies to Korea 13 April 2013
By Chris Backe - Published on
For anyone new to Korea, you may be unfamiliar with the long list of literature previous expats have left behind. While I've yet to see a definitive list (and probably never will), let's simply say the story of the English teacher that comes to Korea has been written about in many different ways. This blog has reviewed a few different versions of the story - from Chris Tharp's excellent and informative Dispatches from the Peninsula to a gonzo-inspired "The Dog Farm" by David Wills. There's been a few others along the way, some more memorable than others. The story can be told in many ways, however, which brings me to the beginning of the book review.

Happy Time Go Fast is more than just a Konglish saying. While calling it a philosophy on life in Korea seems awkward, most everything in Korea does move fast. Wes Weston's book about "Invaluable Lessons from Teaching English Abroad" covers standard ground to start, primarily focusing on the experiences had by most any new, inexperienced teacher in Korea. While being in Daegu may give the book a bit of local flavor you wouldn't find in Seoul or Busan, the story ends up being fairly uniform across the board.

Wes starts as a hagwon, gets trained by watching a co-teacher get kicked out, faces down students with names like Flower and Rambo and Tomato, while eventually being caught by the dreaded ddong chim. He reflects at length on an incident involving lots of candy (not the best reward ever, as he finds out), buys a motorcycle, and explores the breadth of Konglish throughout everyday life.

Most of the first act plays out like e script most hagwon teachers find themselves reading - waking up sleeping kids, handling disciplinary issues, eating Korean food, and drinking Korean alcohol. Par for the course, really - there wasn't much about Wes' time in Korea that varied much from the typical expat.

This begins to change in chapter 9, when an interview at McDonald's eventually nets him a new job at a university. Before long, Wes finds himself drinking with his students - not an uncommon proposition, although one that understandably must be approached delicately. His recollection of the Image Game is funny enough, and naturally brings a cultural note along with it. Chapter 13's take on Korea's jimjilbang (day spas / saunas) adds in an interesting angle of the teacher washing the student's back - an element often talked about or observed by teachers, but rarely engaged in. The next chapter involved a "Man Conversation" that few other teachers have likely candidly shared with their students. Other chapters involve a look at Korea's obsession with test taking, and what happens when a boss tries to invent a law to save face.

First written on my blog, Chris in South Korea.

I like this book, I really do. Here's someone who's taken the time and allowed himself to partake in the bizarre things that make life in Korea so... interesting... He reflects a lot on his own ability as a teacher, while at the same time freely recognizing his own limitations. At the same time, the under 200-page book feels all too short. Happy times do go fast, but this one ended too soon. As a primer on what to expect from your upcoming time in Korea, it's fine. I would have loved to see more unusual stories or elements to the life, but that might have scared off part of the readership. For anyone familiar with the scene, there isn't much that makes it different from your own story.

Recommended for newbies or people not yet in Korea.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK ON TEACHING IN KOREA SO FAR!!!! 19 Feb 2013
By Dori - Published on
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Wes Weston talks about his experiences in teaching in Korea which is so true and funny. Anyone who currently teaches in Korea or plans to teach here must buy his book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining. 7 April 2013
By Avalon - Published on
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This book is very entertaining and interesting. Well written and a wonderful account of his years teaching in South Korea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good light hearted look at tefl. 18 Feb 2013
By Paul Watchorn - Published on
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I brought this book at the airport waiting for my plane to take me to England to do the live part of my TEFL course with TEFL England.
I thought it was great, a light hearted look at many aspects of TEFL with an interesting story line thrown in. Great value I thought.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice book! 5 Jan 2013
By steph - Published on
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this is a sweet little book about a young american guy's experiences teaching english in korea. it's well-written, funny, and surprisingly instructive. a great read for anyone thinking about teaching or who has taught in other countries, and people interested in korea or armchair travel. if you're like me, you think about ditching it all to go teach english in other countries all the time, but probably, realistically never will. this book was a great proxy experience!!!
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