An ESL Listening Lesson Plan Template

I Had no Idea about How to Teach ESL Listening I’m always surprised when I get reader questions or talk to people preparing for their upcoming job interviews that they don’t know how to make a basic lesson plan. But, it’s not so crazy and I actually had no system …

Teaching Writing to ESL Beginners: How to do it Well

Teaching Writing to ESL Beginners: A Tough Job Teaching beginners to write in English can be a very difficult job. These students often struggle to put together a sentence, so teaching them to “write” can be quite overwhelming and many teachers instead find themselves just focusing on student’s grammar mistakes. …

Top 10 ESL Activities for University Students and Adults

Top 10 ESL Activities for University Students and Adults If you’re looking for some ideas for your conversation classes with university students or adults, you’ve come to the right place. Here are my top 10 ESL activities for adults that will make your lesson planning easy and your classes as …

ESL Board Games: Happy Times, Guaranteed!

  Not ESL Board Games I love me a good board game. Three of my favourites are King of Tokyo, Settlers of Catan and Puerto Rico. Because I’m essentially totally and completely burnt-out on the teaching after almost nine years of doing it in Korean universities, my USA internship preparation …

Review of Touchstone 4-Skills ESL Textbook for Adults

A Review of Touchstone 4-Skills ESL Textbook Touchstone is a 4-skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) ESL textbook for adults published by Cambridge. There are 4 levels, ranging from 1-4.  is reasonably easy and would generally be suitable for an average freshman English class in Korea. is much harder and even third …

English Listening Tip: Check out Podcasts

Improve your English Listening Skills  I love podcasts-you can almost always find me listening to one while I’m exercising, hanging around the house cooking or cleaning. They are entertaining, informative and you can learn something new. There is a podcast for just about any topic you can imagine. The best …

Online Teaching: How to Convert Trial Students into Customers

Online Teaching: An Interesting Option I’ve always thought that online teaching was an intriguing option. In particular, for those people who wanted to live a digital nomad kind of life. Traveling the world while working online is pretty appealing! It was one of the options I considered quite seriously, before …

ESL Activities for Advanced Students

If you teach students who are fluent, or close to it, then you’ll need very different ESL activities than if you were teaching beginner or intermediate students. ESL activities for advanced students need to: Be challenging. Too easy or simple and the students will feel like they’re being treated like …

ESL News Articles: A Few Resources

ESL News Articles: Stop Wasting your Time Searching Everywhere! I’m all about using news articles in my classes instead of readings from the textbook. The stuff from the textbook is often dry, and it’s certainly not related to the things happening around the world. But the problem with news articles …

Infographic Presentation: An ESL Speaking Activity

  Infographic Presentation: An ESL Speaking Activity   Skills: Reading/writing/listening/speaking Time: 1+ hour Level: High-Beginner to Advanced Materials: Internet access, PowerPoint Optional Materials: Video camera Presentations are a regular feature of ESL classes, but your students may get overwhelmed at the thought of first creating and then presenting a full-length speech. …

101 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults

ESL Activities For Teenagers and Adults 101 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults is the book that belongs on every ESL/EFL teacher’s bookshelf. It’ll help you save time when lesson planning, guaranteed. You should consider getting the book if you fit into one of the following categories: Tired of Wasting …

How to Teach English to University Students

It’s That Time of Year! The first week of classes in Korean universities have now finished and the introductory activities are done. It’s time to get into the serious teaching. But, perhaps you’ve only taught kids before and are new to teaching university students. It really is kind of a …

ESL Listening: How to Teach It

How to Teach ESL Listening ESL Listening: Love It! Back in the days when I used to teach in South Korean universities (not so long ago! This is the first semester in 8 years that I won’t be teaching), I loved me a good listening lesson. I would try to …

Private English Tutoring Activities for Adults

If you Know a Friend… So we all know that in most cases, private English tutoring is illegal for foreigners here in Korea. It’s kind of ridiculous, but whatever! I get enough overtime at my university that I don’t need to cruise ’round the city, burning the midnight oil to …

Activities for Private Teaching: 39 of Them!

39 Activities for Private Teaching So, we all know that private tutoring here in Korea is highly illegal and of course no foreign English teacher would ever do it. But in case you have a friend that does, you should let them know about this book of activities for private …