How about this cover letter?

June 9, 2005

Dear ELI Academy,

Thank you very much for taking the time to peruse my resume and consider me for a teaching position. I would be honored to work at your esteemed institution. I have been asking people about Incheon and it sounds like a nice place to live. I especially love Korean style raw fish and I heard that is one of Incheon’s specialties.
I have been in Korea for almost eight months and I truly love this country. Gyeong Ju is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and I feel blessed to have come here. I am hoping to work in Korea for many more years. I hope to find another position for the coming year to help me accomplish this task.
I have almost two years experience teaching English in America and one year’s ESL experience in Gyeong Ju. As for my past teaching experience, I have had a couple of my plays produced in America and they have won several awards and grants. I have had stories, articles, and poems published in America and I started a magazine at my University, Deconstruction, which is still in student production to this day. And I have taught poetry and writing in high school and elementary school.
So why did I decide not pursue my writing? Because I learned I needed to learn more and read more before I could. I think I know the craft, for which I can teach - but I think the art takes time. Also, it doesn't really pay, so I had actually spent the year after my first year of teaching running my own dessert catering business and cooking in restaurants.
I think my adaptability is one of my best characteristics. I’ve realized in Korea, my American teaching style doesn’t always work. I’ve had to change and adapt to the students. Also, in one classroom there are often students at different English levels. I’ve found that it is best to tailor the classes by asking the higher level students more questions, while keeping it simple for the beginner students.
Thanks again for considering my resume and I patiently await your response. I think I could be a real asset to your institution. If you have any questions feel free to contact me or any of my references.


Daniel Lee Gray

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