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 …

A Fun Vocabulary Review Game for ESL Students

Guessing Game: Vocabulary Review Game for ESL Students Skills: Speaking/listening Time: 20 minutes Level: Beginner to Advanced Materials Required: Flip-chart or flashcards An Introduction The captain sits in a chair at the front of the class facing her team. The teacher stands behind the captain with vocabulary words on a …

What Degree for Teaching ESL in Korea?

A reader question from Sam about what degree is needed for teaching ESL in Korea. The Question: “I have a B.A in English (Literature & Composition). I also have a Masters in Science: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. There is a job that I’m looking at in Korea that is seeking …

Rote Memorization of Vocabularly

  Rote Memorization: Out of Favour These Days It seems that straight up memorization of a language is a bit out of vogue these days with things like the audio-lingual method going out of fashion and something like communicative language teaching or extensive reading beingĀ all the rage. In these newer …

University Job in Korea-3 Reader Questions

These questions about a university job in Korea from Kerry. He’s moving from an elementary school position.   3 Questions: Interview, money, housing “Regarding the interview. What kinds of questions should I expect? And what questions should I ask them? I’m making 2.6 million won a month here teaching 22 …

Academic Integrity in Korean Universities

Academic Integrity in Korean Universities: It’s Not Like Back Home If you’ve never taught at a Korean university, you probably have no idea of what it’s like and would perhaps rightly assume that it’s the same as was when you went to uni back in the Western world. It’s not! …

How Old is too Old to Teach in Korea?

How Old is too Old for ESL in Korea? A reader question from Blair, wondering how old is too old to teach in Korea He’s tried EPIK, as well as some recruiters and has gotten the same response from all of them, “You’re too old,” or no response at all. …