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 …

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 …

Contact hours in Korean Universities

The Question: “It seems in most university jobs in Korea that see students for at most 3 hours/week (except the intensive classes or the camps). That seems incredibly short, but you imply it happens in the public schools and hagwons as well. How common is that? Do most environments give …

Breakthrough ESL Textbook: A Review

Review of Breakthrough ESL Textbook Series I recently used Breakthrough Plus Student’s Book + Digibook Pack Level 2 by Miles Craven for one of my advanced conversation classes. Breakthrough is a 5 level ESL textbook series, ranging from into to level 5. There is all the standard stuff you can …

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 …

University Job Korea- Not in Country

A Reader Question about University Jobs Korea Suzie is basically asking if it’s possible for someone who is well-qualified (experience and education) to get a university job in Korea without actually having worked in Korea before, and not living there now. The short answer: it’s not impossible, just difficult Do …

Your Study Habits are Probably Wrong

Forget What you Think you Know This blog post is based on an old, but very helpful article from the New York Times: Forget What you Know about Good Study Habits. I’ll give the general overview of the article and then offer some specific applications for ESL/EFL teachers. The Takeaways …

Google Drive for Teachers: Why and How I Use It

The Ultimate Solution Google Drive is kind of the ultimate solution to all your paperwork worries and stress and you really should be using it, or another cloud computing option of some kind if you teach at a university in Korea or another country. Since I’ve started using it almost …

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 …