Monthly archive for December 2011

Celebrating Christmas in Georgia

Celebrating Christmas in Georgia

Spending the holiday season in another country is the perfect way to really get to know that country’s culture and people. In the Republic of Georgia, Christmas celebrations contain plenty of familiar elements, as well as a number of traditions that are uniquely Georgian. The vast majority of the population in Georgia is Orthodox Christian. As such, Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year. In the Orthodox world, the Julian calendar is still used in place of the Georgian calendar, meaning that Christmas falls on January 7th. On this day, large processions make their way through cities, towns, and villages throughout Georgia. These mass walks, called Alilo, are central to Georgia’s unique Christmas celebration. Banner-carrying clergy lead the processions, and men, women and children follow. Dressed as shepherds, soldiers, famous religious figures, or wearing traditional Georgian clothes, the procession members congratulate each other, and collect money for charities. Songs play an important role in the Christmas tradition in Georgia as well. Harmonious Georgian carols echo through the streets during the procession, and can also be heard in churches throughout the day. Although the songs vary from region to region, Georgian Christmas carols are solemn and beautiful. […]

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Celebrate Christmas in South Korea In Style

Celebrate Christmas in South Korea In Style

Celebrating Christmas abroad can be a challenge for new teachers and long-term expats. That’s why Reach To Teach’s Korea HR team has you covered for the holiday season. Here are some ideas on how to spend Christmas in South Korea. For teachers living in the Seoul area, check out: 1. Hollywood Grill Cost: 25,000Won per person Dinner is from 4pm to 8pm on December 25th and includes a glass of wine or beer. Secure your reservation at 02-749-1650 or throughhollywoodgrill1@hotmail.com. 2. Big Rock – Buffet Cost: 38,500 Won per person Dinner is from 6:30pm to 9:30 pm on December 25th and includes a drink of your choice. Contact info@bigrock.co.kr for more information. 3. Hyatt Regency Incheon – Buffet Cost: 50,000 per person Dinner is from 3pm to 5pm on December 25th. For reservations, please call 032-745-1234. Teachers in Busan can consider the following: 1. Wolfhound – Buffet Cost: 35,000 per person Christmas Dinner runs from 2pm to 5pm on December 25th. Reservations are required and limited to 90 people. Email wolfhoundbusan@gmail.com for more information. 2. Seaman’s Club – Buffet Cost: 26,350 Won per person An all-day Christmas buffet that runs from 11am to 9pm. Contact Mr. Kim at 010-3863-9638 to […]

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Event Recap: RTT Taiwan Christmas Event at Playing Lounge Bar

Event Recap: RTT Taiwan Christmas Event at Playing Lounge Bar

For our Christmas event, we headed to Playing Lounge Bar in Taipei for an evening unlike any other Reach to Teach event this year. Despite its small size, Playing was a perfect spot for us. There were over 30 of us cozying and mingling on the comfy couches and chairs. Each table had its own hookah with different flavors for us to try. We also got specials on drinks throughout the night; my favorite being the 2-for-1 deal at 11! The best part of the night, however, was the belly dancing show. After about an hour of hookah, drinking, and catching up, all of the lights came off except one spotlight in the middle of the room. The belly dancer danced right in the middle only feet from our tables; it was awesome having the show literally right in front of us! In addition to celebrating an RTT Christmas, we also celebrated Euan’s birthday! The night ended with a cheers and a birthday song in his honor. After leaving the bar around midnight, a bunch of us headed to Babe 18 for an after party/birthday celebration 🙂 I’m grateful that so many of us could make it out for our […]

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Christmas in the ESL Classroom

Christmas in the ESL Classroom

With the holiday season fast approaching, you could probably use some tips on what to teach in your ESL classroom over the coming week. In Taiwan, we are usually expected to work on Christmas Day, so finding ways to make lessons related to Christmas will help you keep the holiday spirit you were used to at home-a good idea regardless of what country you are teaching in! It will also give you the chance to share more about your culture, which is of course a big part of teaching English. So how can you make the holiday spirit a part of your classroom? First, you need to know what your students already “get.” A good way to check their understanding of Christmas is by starting your class off with a brainstorming session. Divide the students into teams and ask them to come up with words related to Christmas. There are several ways you could make this into a fun game. You could ask the younger ones to draw and then teach the words. For older students, you could create a “relay race” to the board and have them write the words themselves. Make it fun and give points to each […]

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