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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 …


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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 …


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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 …


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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 …


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Going Native Speaker Style

Extreme Talking A few years ago, I had a coworker who went native speaker style to the extreme. By that, I mean that she just spoke normally to everyone, including even very low students. Here’s Why She Did This She thinks that institutions like universities employ native speakers in order …


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Name Tags for Students

Name Tags: I Love You! I love to use name tags for students in my classes because they make my life in the classroom significantly easier. In fact, I’d say they’ve improved my classes by 10 or 15%, as compared to when I didn’t require them. Obviously, learning names is …


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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 …


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Dealing with Late Students in Korean Universities

You know that saying: “You’re not running late, you’re just rude.” I totally agree with it and if I hate anything, it’s the late.   It’s No Problem! Chill out Teacher Korean university students often seem to think that walking into class 30, 50 or even over an hour late …


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Teaching: it’s all about the Relationship, not Technology in the Classroom

It’s not about Technology in the Classroom I’ve been thinking lately about teaching, and what is really important in order to do it effectively. I increasingly think that it’s not so much about handouts, excessive prep and fancy PPTs but it’s actually about all the relationships you can build with …


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Tips for Teaching English

A few basic tips for teaching English based on my experience teaching English to university students in Korea. These tips also work for teachers around the world with any age or level so keep on reading. My goal is that you will be able to make your classes even more …


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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! …


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How to Get Overtime Work at a Korean University

Why Didn’t I get Picked??? At my Korean university, there are a variety of programs that the foreigners teach in for extra money. Some of them are volunteer and will accept just about anybody, while others are an ask a certain few people thing and you’ll get a phone call …