UNITED STATES AIR FORCE (1983-2014)

I am grateful to have had the privilege of serving our country in many places around the world.  I particularly enjoyed roles in which I represented the United States Air Force or Department of Defense in Korea, Japan, Latin America, and China.  As much as possible I engaged with others in their own languages while employing knowledge of their cultures.  


VOLUNTEER WORK
In China, Korea, Cambodia, Peru, Paraguay, Mexico, and Japan, I did things such as physical labor, teaching English, and translating.  Volunteering is a wonderful way to experience love.  You go in with the intention of blessing other people, and in the end you are more blessed by the people you serve!    

All of this satisfying work was made possible or at least easier by foreign language skills and cultural knowledge.  Knowing the benefits of these tools, I would like to encourage people in this area.  Through my small contribution of teaching English and sharing tips for foreign language acquisition, I hope to help people bridge language and culture divides.


TEACHING AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

  • Established the Korean language program at Howard Community College (Columbia, Maryland), developed the curriculum, and taught (1989-1990)
  • Operated Joe's English School, Songtan, Korea (1994-96)
  • Operated Hanmi English School, Odenton, Maryland (1989)
  • Taught English to foreign dependents at Osan Air Base, Korea Family Support Center (1987-88)
  • Taught English as a guest teacher in public schools -- China, Korea, and Japan -- (1985 - 2007)
  • Youth Sports coach:  I coached baseball and basketball and conducted seminars for coaches.  I developed original approaches and tested/improved them over the years (1994-2008)
  • Certified as an ESL teacher for Virginia public schools (2013)


CULTURE AND LANGUAGE STUDIES

  • Spanish Immersion, Academia Latinoamericana, Quito, Ecuador (2009)
  • Chinese Immersion, Foreign Enterprise Services, Beijing, China (2001, 2004, 2007)
  • Japanese Immersion, YMCA Japanese Institute, Osaka, Japan (2000)
  • Korean Intensive Program, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (1986, 1989)

Hello!  

At the age of 18 I began my first-ever studies of a foreign language, Korean.  After a few months of super confusion, things started to click and it became fun.  I discovered I really liked foreign languages, and thus began a lifetime of learning languages and developing methods for rapid language acquisition.    

If you are thinking about learning a language, I would like to encourage you.  In the process, you will probably make friends, gain insights into other cultures, and open countless doors to personal and professional development.  Who knows, maybe some of the methods I use might be suited for you.  I will be glad to share.  Blessings to you.  

Joe