Lesson Planning for Beginner ESL Students

Freshman English in South Korea: Sometimes Grim In general, teaching freshman English classes in South Korea can come with some great students and some really terrible ones. The really terrible ones have very little motivation, and are often quite low level with some literally not being able to say their …

Task Based Language Teaching: A Brief Introduction

New Style Language Teaching Task based language teaching is kind of all the rage these days as part of the overall communicative approach, which focuses on having students actually be able to communicate and use the language competently as opposed to some of the older models like grammar translation or …

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 …

Lost in Translation: Don’t Worry!

Lost in Translation: Mostly my Fault So a lot of things in Korea are lost in translation. It’s mostly my fault in most situations for not speaking enough Korean to grasp the intricacies of what is being said and I truly blame nobody but myself. But there are some programs …

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, …

Teaching ESL in Korea: Is it Worth it?

A reader question about whether on not teaching ESL in Korea is worth it, financially speaking. If I Had Another Life to Live… At some points during my tenure in Korea, I’ve said that if I had to do it all over again, I wish that I would have chosen …

Reading and Vocabulary Textbook Review

Two Reading and Vocab Textbooks Thoughts & Notionsand Cause & Effect are designed for adult ESL/EFL learners to work on reading and vocabulary skills. There are also some optional writing exercises which can be useful in assigning students for homework. How I Used Them These reading and vocabulary textbooks were …

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 …

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 …

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 …