Classroom Rules for University Students in Korea

Not Necessary? Think Again! Classroom rules are very necessary in a conversational English class in a Korean university. Just picture yourself…way back…high-school…further…middle school? Ah, yes, welcome to freshman English class in Korea! Maturity levels are pretty low since most Korean students have only been studying, basically since they were 10 …

How to Make Students Talk

I’m NOT Speaking in English! Over the years, I’ve had plenty of students who were very resistant to speaking in English. Thankfully, I now teach only English majors who are for the most part, excellent students so they generally like to talk to me and each other as well. But, …

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 …

Multi Level ESL Classes

Multi Level ESL Classes are a Big Problem! One of the negatives of teaching at a university in Korea is that students are often grouped according to what major they take and not what their level of English is. This results in classes having one or two students who are …

How to Begin Conversation Class

  How to Begin Conversation Class I know everyone has their own way to start  a conversation class but here’s what I do. I try to arrive at least 10 minutes early so I don’t have to do all this stuff while students are attentively watching and waiting for me! …

How to Ask Questions- Low Level Students

It’s a Big Problem! One of the biggest problems my lower-level students have is knowing how to ask questions, especially of the follow-up variety. They’re really pretty decent at answering the basics, like: “What’s your name?” “Where are you from?” “What’s your favorite_____?” etc. But once that question is finished, …