ESL Speaking Activity: Just a Minute

ESL Speaking Activity: Just a Minute If you’re looking for some new ideas for the classroom, check out the video below where I talk about my favourite ESL speaking activity, Just a Minute. I loosely based it on a classic Toastmaster’s activity, Table Talk. The idea is that you get …

Touchstone Final Exams: They’re Difficult!

Want to Get High Student Evaluations? My Secrets, Revealed! I’m going to let you in on a little secret right now and tell you the easiest way to get high student evaluations without risking your job or spending a lot of money. Since most of our contract renewals in Korean …

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 …

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, …

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 …

An ESL Listening Lesson Plan Template

I Had no Idea, too 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 of any sort until I …

Grading Participation in Korean Universities

Grading Participation: I Refuse to Do It Grading participation in Korean universities-I did it for quite a few years but in the past 3, I’ve refused to do it. It basically has to do with the classes that I’m teaching-mostly advanced level ones for English majors. If you’re an English …

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 …

Being a Great ESL Teacher-Do you Have What it Takes?

So you think you want to be a great ESL teacher-the person who excels above the rest and makes classes awesome for their students and keeps them coming back for more. The one whose students actually learn English and improve their skills. Do you have what it takes? Keep reading …

5 Tips for Making Student Centered Classrooms

Student Centered Classrooms: All the Rage These Days These days, all the current language acquisition research advocates student-centered classrooms. This is for good reason! Teacher-centered classrooms, beyond the very, very basic level of learning a language, or for extremely young learners have largely proven to be ineffective at creating students …

The Small Stuff that Matters: Ditch the Microphone

Microphones for 20 Students? Why? A little mini-rant for today. Whenever I go into classrooms that only have 20 or 30 desks filling up the entire space, there is always a microphone that has been put to obvious use in the immediate class before me. Like it’s actually sitting on …

How to Teach Relative Clauses

Relative Clauses: We Use Them all the Time Relative clauses are important and we use them all the time in the English language.We just use them naturally, never make mistakes and use reduced relative clauses all the time without even realizing it. The problem comes when teaching relative clauses to …