Teach in the College of English at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul

The Department of English Linguistics in the College of English at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in Seoul needs 2 full time professors. HUFS is a great place to work with an international student body and the freedom to design your own courses. Classes might include conversation, public speaking, debate, composition, and linguistics content courses.

Professors employed at HUFS are required to publish. Depending on the quality of the journals in which you publish, grants between 1 million KRW and 10 million KRW are awarded for up to two articles per year. Support for attending international conferences is also available.

Contract calls for teaching 2 semesters of 16 weeks each. You’ll be teaching 8 (if you have a PhD) or 12 hours per week (if you have a Master’s). Pay range is from 3.1 million per month to 4.6 million KRW per month – salary is based on job position and title (which is based on years of teaching experience) and is non-negotiable. Housing is available.

Please send a cover letter and CV to James Trotta, jtrotta@gmail.com. Candidates should be available to interview on or before June 17th. If selected for an interview candidates will need a full application package:

Certificates of employments (with weekly teaching hours for part time work)

Copies of diplomas: BA, MA, and PhD

Research publication list


3 photos

copy of passport

And if coming with family members:

Marriage certificate

Children’s birth certificates

Photos of family members

Copies of passports

Questions to answer before you start blogging

1. Audience analysis

Where will you publish your writing? If you’re publishing on an existing site, what does the owner and what do the readers want? If you’re writing your own blog, what kind of readers are you trying to attract?

2. Content

Knowing who you’ll be writing for should help you decide what to write about. Where do your interests coincide with the readers’ interests? This should give you a topic to write about.

3. Purpose

Now that you have an audience and a topic, why are you going to write whatever it is you have in mind? Hint: the answer is not to make money. Your purpose has to benefit the readers. Do you want to teach them something? Do you want to entertain them? Do you want to persuade them? How will reading your article be good for the reader?


Consider this blog entry on shopping at Trader Joes.


My audience – people who are worried about aging gracefully, who want to be healthy in their old age so they can continue to enjoy life. Mostly Americans so their diets and lifestyles may not have been the best throughout their lives.


Content – I had a reader ask me about food shopping at Trader Joes so choosing the content was easy this time. I happen to be interested in food shopping and buying healthy foods so our interests matched well.


Purpose – To inform or educate. Also to warn. You can’t expect everything or even most things to be healthy in a super market. And I want to persuade people to be careful when they shop and avoid some unhealthy foods.

And once I know who I was writing for (#1), what I was writing about (#2), and why I was writing it for them (#3), I was able to quickly come up with a fairly long (800 word) blog entry.

How to appreciate reading and writing essays

Typically, we write essays to present an argument. That argument is often summarized in the thesis sentence. Then each paragraph of the essay develops a reason that supports the main idea expressed in the thesis.

The way you read an essay is to analyze the effectiveness of the arguments while you read it. You should find a claim in the thesis and numerous reasons for the claim developed in the body paragraphs. The evidence that goes with each reason will either be strong and persuasive or weak and not so persuasive.

Those three things will help you when it comes to writing an essay too:

1. Come up with an argument or claim

2. Come up with supporting reasons

3. Come up with strong evidence

#1 goes in your thesis sentence in the introduction. #2 and #3 go in the paragraphs that follow the thesis.

Interesting look at American culture / attitudes toward European royal

This article, and especially its comments, are great insight into American cultural values.

A brawl at a Manhattan nightclub over the weekend ended with Monaco’s Prince Pierre Casiraghi in the hospital and a New York man facing assault charges.

The incident occurred around 2 a.m. Saturday at the Double Seven Nightclub, when according to police 24-year-old Casiraghi, the grandson of Grace Kelly, got into a confrontation with 47-year-old Adam Hock, a former nightclub owner.

Casiraghi reportedly approached Hock, leading to a physical confrontation. Hock, who according to the New York Post was sitting with friends including supermodels Natasha Poly, Valentina Zalyaeva and Anja Rubik, allegedly punched Casigraghi and three friends who came to his aid.

“Pierre’s face looked broken, with deep cuts and blood everywhere,” a witness told the New York Post. “He looked like he needed plastic surgery.”

Hock was arrested and charged with four counts of third-degree assault.

What do Americans have to say about the incident?

You and 3 of your bodyguards got beat up by one 47 year old man?!? Next time you come to New York, bring some people that can protect your sorry tail if you’re gonna approach people in night clubs at 2am and try to talk crap.

362 approve, 20 don’t

An example of small fish inside a pool of shark. New Yorkers don’t care if you’re a prince or king. Self defense is self defense.

268 approve, 27 don’t

Haha. Goodnight, sweet prince. Life is different outside the castle there sweety! You should go back to harassing maids and bossing around butlers back in Monaco. There you can be a big man, in that tiny little portion of the world where they are paid to act like they respect you.

13 like, 0 don’t

Welcome to America prince where royalty has not meant #$%$ since 1776!

736 like, 54 don’t

According to the Newser website, the Prince and his buddies walked up to Hock’s table and were obnoxious to the models he was with; they also started stealing shots from the $500.00 bottle of Vodka on the table. In other words, a group of rich young twerps tried to pick up some hot chicks who were having dinner with a friend, acted like idiotic morons, and were schooled by their elder. Here’s to hoping Mr. Hock wins the case.

84 like, 2 don’t

Lesbian discrimination or religious persecution?

Interesting story here that might be used in discussion classes. Seems a religious B&B owner was uncomfortable letting a lesbian couple sleep in her establishment and told them she didn’t want them as customers.

The debate is fairly evenly mixed in the US:

The lesbian couple has a right not to be discriminated against but the B&B owner has the right to practice her religion. And it’s not like the B&B is a big hotel chain – we’re talking about someone’s house. But then again, the law says if you run a B&B or a hotel you can’t discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Should the religious B&B owner be forced to shut down? Should she be forced to accommodate gays and lesbians even though she thinks it’s immoral? Should she be forced to pay damages to the lesbian couple (they want money for the humiliation they say they felt)?

Or is this religious persecution? Does the government really have the right to tell this woman that she must allow gays and lesbians into her B&B?

Advertising in school?

Discussion question: Should schools sell ad space inside the school building and/or on report cards and/or in the school buses?

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, a public school district in Colorado is selling ads on report cards and Utah has a new law allowing ads on school buses.

Arrest a couple with a young child for shoplifting?

Big news in America at the moment that could be an interesting discussion topic:

A pregnant woman, her husband, and their 3-year-old go grocery shopping. While shopping they grab two sandwiches that together cost $5. She openly munched on one while they shopped, saving the wrapper to be scanned at the register later.

But they forgot to pay for the sandwiches as they checked out with about $50 worth of groceries. The security guard caught them and instead of allowing the parents to pay, Safeway management called the police. The couple was arrested for shoplifting (apparently it took four hours for the police to respond so I presume the family was detained by Safeway employees during that time) and with both parents in police custody, the 3-year-old had to go to a state facility.

Did Safeway do evil here? Or did the couple just get what they deserved for breaking the law? Do we say, ‘OK if you have kids and shoplift you don’t get in any trouble, but if you shoplift without kids, you get arrested’ ? Do we treat everyone the same? If we treat everyone equally, does that mean every shoplifter gets arrested or every shoplifter pays for what they stole and avoids trouble entirely?

Stutterer told not to speak in class

Interesting story here from the New York Times. A professor told one of her students not to speak in class because he stutters and his questions take too much class time. While you want to treat everyone equally, what happens when a stutter or some other disability leads to a student monopolizing class time?

An example of a world schools government whip speech

I’ve seen many whip speakers struggle with the format of their speech. What does it mean to summarize the clashes?

This one starts at about 6:45

and then continues:

We start off the introduction. Then we get the three actors in the debate, also how he organizes his speech:




He summarizes Team England’s arguments and gives his team’s rebuttal (some new rebuttal and some summary like “we’ve already shown you that…”). Then we end with a summary. The speaker does a good job of summarizing the debate in his favor and explaining why his team won each argument or that some arguments were avoided by the other team.

Unfortunately, the 9th video (containing I presume the last few seconds of the government whip and the beginning 5 minutes or so of the opposition whip) seems to be missing.

NYU and Columbia are going global

Interesting New York Times article here on the new international campuses that have or soon will be opened by two of New York’s most famous schools.