ESL Food Unit Plan, for Korean Students

Every ESL Textbook Talks about Food…. It seems like almost every single ESL textbook for children as well as adults has a unit on food, and it’s usually very Western-centric, with things like “appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and desserts.” …and it’s Mostly Western-Centric In Korea and in many other …

Personality Game Powerpoint

Most ESL textbooks for adults have a unit of some sort on “personality.” Here is a fun personality game that I made which is the perfect way to finish off your class with some awesome. 1. Put the teams in groups of 4-6 and have them choose a “captain.” 2. …

The Test Teach Test Approach

TTT-Not my Usual Style The test-teach-test (TTT) approach is not my usual style of teaching, and most days, I lean more towards PPP (presentation/practice/production) or task based teaching. However, for simple grammar concepts or vocabulary that students have studied before, the test teach test approach could work very well. Don’t …

Presentation Project Ideas

Over the years teaching in a Korean university, I’ve had students do plenty of solo and group presentations. Here are my top presentation project ideas with a bit of advice on how to make them work for you. A Speech Each student has to choose from a variety of topics …

Picture Quest ESL Activity: Take a Rest my Students!

Take a Rest Students When we’ve been working hard in class and students are weary of the studying (like right before finals!), I often give them a break and send them outside on this picture quest ESL activity if the weather is nice. It’s an excellent way for them to …

ESL Teacher Burnout: How to Avoid It

You Know that Feeling… You know that feeling you get when you teach the ABCs one more time, or that unit in the book about movies or weather? It makes me die, just a little bit on the inside and if I’m not careful, I find that it can start …

Teaching Writing to ESL Beginners

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 Tips for Newbies Teaching in a Korean University

I’ve just finished my 8th year of teaching in universities in South Korea and when I compare my first shaky semester as a naive newbie to now, it’s almost astounding the differences in my teaching and classroom management styles. Anyway, here are my tips for newbies teaching in a Korean …

Syllabus for teaching in a Korean University

Syllabus for Teaching in a Korean University: an Introduction A common question I get from those new to teaching in a Korean university is what kind of syllabus they should make for their classes. A standard one is sometimes provided by the university but most often, it’s up to the …

Lesson Planning for Beginner ESL Students

Freshman English in South Korea: Sometimes Grim In general, teaching freshman English classes in South Korea can come with some great students and some really terrible ones. The really terrible ones have very little motivation, and are often quite low level with some literally not being able to say their …

Task Based Language Teaching: A Brief Introduction

New Style Language Teaching Task based language teaching is kind of all the rage these days as part of the overall communicative approach, which focuses on having students actually be able to communicate and use the language competently as opposed to some of the older models like grammar translation or …

Student Centered Speaking Activities

It’s Almost Like You’ve Won the Lotto Today, I’m going to give you some of my favorite ESL speaking activities guaranteed to make your lesson planning easy and your classes even more rad than I’m sure they already are. Are you ready for the awesomeness? They’re all student-centered, no-prep or …

Small Group Discussion: One Tip to Make it Awesome

4 Discussion Starter Questions Today in my Smart Choice: Level 2, there was a page that had some small group discussion starters on it. The 4 questions were: Have you ever met or seen a famous person? Have you ever been in an accident? What’s your most embarrassing moment? Have …