Seoul KOTESOL's January Workshop - Korean life cycles: understanding Korean culture for teaching content

Saturday, January 18, 2014 -
15:00 to 17:00
Sookmyung Women’s University (Sookdae's) Injaegwan, room #207
South Korea

Saturday, January 18 – January Seoul KOTESOL Workshop with Akli Hadid

Come to learn, share, and chat at Seoul KOTESOL's monthly workshop January 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Sookmyung Women’s University (Sookdae's) Injaegwan, room #207.


Korean life cycles: understanding Korean culture for teaching content

This workshop will explore the everyday lives of Korean people. Topics addressed will be Korean customs and rituals when it comes to childhood, adolescence, college life, marriage, pregnancy, family life, work life, retirement, death and funerals.

Since information on Korean life cycles are not readily available in English, it leads many foreign TESOLs to be confused about the habits that Koreans may have in life. While few Koreans are aware of the cultures and customs of English speaking countries, it leaves many lesson plans and teaching materials to be misunderstood by Korean students.

This workshop is aimed at foreign ESL teachers with little knowledge of Korean customs, or at foreign ESL teaches who want to increase their awareness of Korean customs. The workshop will be a continuous dialogue with teachers as teachers will be encouraged to share their experiences and ask questions about Korean culture. There will be three short sessions (session 1 will be childhood through college life, session two will be family and work life, and session 3 will be about rituals), each session consisting of a 10~15 minute lecture (with powerpoint slides containing pictures) and the rest of the time will be dedicated to discussions, questions and answers.

Handouts will be given, including a glossary of the terminology used relating to Korean culture and an outline of the customs during the main phases of a Korean person’s life.

By the end of this session, foreign teachers should have an easier time understanding student backgrounds, asking them questions and preparing materials that can be understood by Korean students. For example, teachers teaching college students can find out that college students in Korea focus more on independent studying and professional development and spend very little time studying for the classes offered in college, and those teaching kindergarten will learn that children in Korea are allowed a lot more freedom than children in Western countries.



Akli Hadid has been in Korea for 9 years and is a Ph.D candidate at the Academy of Korean Studies, majoring in Korean Studies. He did his M.A. at Kyung Hee University, majoring in Peace and Governance studies, and his B.A. at the University of Paris, majoring in modern languages (French, English and Spanish). He also has a 6-level certificate in Korean language from Yonsei University Korean Language Institute. He taught ESL at Kaya University in Gimhae for one year. For his dissertation, he is doing ethnographic work on ESL teachers in Korea, focusing on their career cycles, job satisfaction and professional development. He may be contacted at