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EC San Diego Teacher Profile: John Kim!

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Teacher John Kim (right) loves fishing off the San Diego coastline with his sons!

A little about me:

Hi! My name is John Kim. I’m originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, but I’ve been living here in San Diego, California since 2003.

I am a retired veteran from a great American institution called the United States Army, and now, I am again actively involved in another great institution called EC San Diego English Language Center!

I am proud and honored to have been involved with public service for over 20 years and I am now  just as proud and honored to be involved with the international group of students who come to EC to experience a full immersion English course in San Diego.

Life for me is about leadership, being present, and having a balance of education, work, and good citizenship. I manage to do that and more as a Teacher at EC.


John teaches EC San Diego’s FREE Conversation classes every Tuesday and Friday!

My Classes at EC:

I teach Business and Academic English courses at EC San Diego. I want my classes to be as fun and interactive as possible.

I love creating a buzz in class with cool vocabulary activities and conversation exercises. I also teach the Free Conversation courses offered on Tuesdays and Fridays!

I like to use everything I have learned from all my life experiences to create interesting, challenging, and fun lessons for my students.

My Professional Experience:

I am a native English speaker and have been working as an ESL teacher at EC’s San Diego English Language Center since March of last year.

Before I started teaching, I worked in various military and diplomatic positions worldwide for over 24 years. During that time I studied and taught leadership, language, business, and management courses abroad. Because of this I have experienced life in multiple foreign countries, and found like I love learning about other cultures and languages, especially about how other languages differ from English.

My Personal / Professional Goals:

I would like to say that teaching English here at EC gives me the opportunity to share and deliver an educational experience in mind and heart that produces outstanding global citizens as a end result.

I would like for all my students who learn English in San Diego to leave EC with a sense that they are a citizen of the world, and that learning English is key to finding their success in life.

Some Learning Tips for All ESL Students:

  • Make friends with Americans
  • Go to the bookstores and read anything you like
  • Write a diary or journal in English everyday for writing skills
  • Immerse yourself in English & American culture however you can! First step: enroll in an English course at EC San Diego!!
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