Teaching Without a Safety Net

Teaching ESL Abroad: What Happens After? Hey there everyone, it’s Jackie here. After teaching in South Korea for 10 years, I left, and went back to my home country, Canada in February 2016. I was pretty worried about the whole thing. 10 years in a foreign country is a long …

ESL Writing Tip: Always Proofread

The Biggest Mistake You can Make for ESL Writing Not proofreading your writing is the biggest mistake you can make for ESL writing. This applies to students who are studying English as a second or third language, as well as native speakers. Almost everyone makes a lot of very simple …

Online Teaching: How to Convert Trial Students into Customers

Online Teaching: An Interesting Option I’ve always thought that online teaching was an intriguing option. In particular, for those people who wanted to live a digital nomad kind of life. Traveling the world while working online is pretty appealing! It was one of the options I considered quite seriously, before …

Top 50 ESL Activities Superlist

ESL Activities Superlist If you’re looking for ESL activities, you’ve most certainly come to the right place! I’m going to share with you my top 50 ESL activities that cover a range of skills and situations-warm-ups + icebreakers, reading activities, writing activities, speaking activities and listening activities. Most of the …

My Life! 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of All-Time

My Life! Teaching in a Korean University: 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of All-Time Although the new year is a new start for many people, I do like to dwell on the past a wee bit. Don’t worry, I’m not contemplating my return to Korea. I plan on staying in …

Val Hamer: Life After EFL

Are you Planning on Teaching Abroad Forever? If you answered “no” to that question, then this post will be an interesting read for you! My own interest in what happens to ESL/EFL teachers abroad who go back to their home countries began a couple of years ago. That was the …

Life After ESL: Shaun Dell’s Move to Canada

Life After ESL: Story Time It’s been about nine months now since my own return to Canada after teaching English in South Korea for 10 years. After a rough few months at the beginning, life is a lot more settled now, especially since I’ve figured out the job thing, and …

ESL Activities for Advanced Students

If you teach students who are fluent, or close to it, then you’ll need very different ESL activities than if you were teaching beginner or intermediate students. ESL activities for advanced students need to: Be challenging. Too easy or simple and the students will feel like they’re being treated like …

ESL News Articles: A Few Resources

ESL News Articles: Stop Wasting your Time Searching Everywhere! I’m all about using news articles in my classes instead of readings from the textbook. The stuff from the textbook is often dry, and it’s certainly not related to the things happening around the world. But the problem with news articles …

6 Months in Canada, the Update

Tomorrow is the day, the 6-month point of my return to Canada after 10 years living in South Korea working as an English teacher. It’s a good time to reflect on things, and here are a few of those thoughts (If you’re in the just getting ready to leave stage, …

Top 10 ESL Activities for Big Classes

Way Back Then? Big Classes were Terrible! I remember back to my first year teaching in a Korean university, way out in the countryside of Chungcheongnam-Do. I taught writing and freshman English to classes of 40+ students. The writing students I saw for 3 hours/week, while the freshman English classes, …

107 Facebook Groups for ESL Teachers

If you’re looking for Facebook Groups for ESL Teachers, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve compiled 107 of them in one place so you can stop wasting your time searching around in Facebook. Happy Facebooking! And, please comment below and tell me if I’ve missed any of the big …

49 Frugal Living South Korea Tips

Everything Frugal Living South Korea A decade ago, it was pretty easy to put away a couple thousand USD every month from teaching English in Korea. This usually involved a combination of the regular day-job and then some private teaching at night or on weekends. These days though, the cost of …

Teaching Abroad: Fun, but Not Financially Lucrative

Teaching Abroad: Fun, but not Financially Lucrative I’ve been living out the Life After ESL part of my life since I moved to Canada a few weeks ago after living in Korea for the past 10 years. If you’re interested in transitioning out of teaching English abroad, check out the book …

101 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults

ESL Activities For Teenagers and Adults 101 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults is the book that belongs on every ESL/EFL teacher’s bookshelf. It’ll help you save time when lesson planning, guaranteed. You should consider getting the book if you fit into one of the following categories: Tired of Wasting …