Top 10 Time-Savers When Teaching in a Korean University

Top 10 Time-Savers When Teaching in a Korean University Let’s be real. Teaching in a Korean university is probably the easiest job you’re going to ever have in your entire life. Teaching hours are light, prep + grading are usually minimal, and you have no expectations for results whatsoever. However, …

Comparative Adjectives: How to Teach Them, the Awesome Way

Powering Through Comparative Adjectives My last semester teaching at a Korean university is coming to a close and in my freshman classes, we’re powering through the last little bits of Touchstone 2 before the final exams next week. Touchstone 2,  by the way is a very decent book overall and although …

39 ESL Warm-Ups: For Teenagers and Adults

Boredom is Always Looming: Change up Those ESL Warm-Ups It’s a reality that many of your students will not have spoken English or perhaps not even given it a single thought since you last saw the previous week in class. By beginning your lesson with a warm-up activity or game, …

How to Teach English, the Awesome Way

So you Want to be Awesome? So you want to know how to teach English, the awesome way? I have some good news for you. It’s really not that difficult and actually, teaching English isn’t like rocket-science. While some people may tell you that you need all these qualifications or …

Top 5 Tips to Help you Get Ready for the New Semester

Bust out of your Summer Apathy! It’s that time again! The new semester is starting up in less than a month and I’m sure teachers are busy getting everything ready to go. Top 5 tips to get ready for next semester teaching in a Korean university Plan ahead There’s nothing more …

Google Drive and Why I Love It

If you’ve spent any time cruising ’round this blog, you’d know that I’m all about making my teaching life as easy as possible and saving time wherever possible so that I can write more books and do more blogging. That’s not to say that I don’t spend a ridiculous amount …

Top 5 ESL Lesson Planning Sites

If given the choice, I’ll often not use a textbook for reasons I explained in this other post: No Textbooks for Me! When I don’t use a textbook, I’ll use the following sites for ESL lesson planning ideas: 1. ESL Writing.  The listening lessons are excellent and are great for getting some …

Teaching English-No Textbooks!

I remember years ago when I was just starting out as a teacher, I felt like I NEEDED a textbook, because without it, what could I possibly do in class to fill the time? And I was indeed just filling the time and not really teaching. It seemed so complicated …

Killer Classes: The 4 Hour ESL Lesson Plan

4 Hour ESL Lesson Plan: One Coherent Theme At my university, there’s this overseas internship preparation program where there are 4 hour classes, with the same teacher and same students. It’s a bit killer on the teacher, as well as the students but I try to make it as painless as …

Discussion Topics for ESL University Students

2 Discussion Topics for ESL University Students + Lesson Plans People Use Technology More, Sleep Less I based this lesson plan loosely on an article from Breaking News English, which is a great site for teachers who want to incorporate some current events into their class. I used it for …

Teaching Present Perfect Continuous with Timelines

  Present Perfect Continuous vs. Present Perfect In my advanced conversation class, Touchstone Level 3 has a section about the present perfect continuous and the present perfect. It’s actually quite  complicated and not something that students understand really easily, so  using timelines for teaching present perfect continuous can be really useful. What …