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 …

4 Tips for Teaching Monolingual Classes

Monolingual Classes: Difficult! Monolingual classes (everyone speaks the same language) can present a difficulty for teachers because there is often no compelling reason as to why students actually have to communicate with each other in the target language. This is the situation I find myself in at my job where …

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 …

Teacher: your English Class is too Hard! Easy Please!

Time to Leave Korea Forever? At the end of the semester, I give out an anonymous survey asking the students questions like what was their favorite and least favorite part of the class and how were the tests and homework in terms of difficulty, in comparison to their other classes. …

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 …

Stephen Krashen and Comprehensible Input

Stephen Krashen and Compehensible Input Stephen Krashen thinks that comprehensible input is the most important factor, in learning a language. He says that our brains have an LAD (language acquisition device) and that the teacher’s job is to provide input to it, in a low anxiety situation, where student’s affective …