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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 being all the rage. In these newer …


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How to Get a University Job in South Korea with only a BA

A Reader Question: no Master’s Degree, teaching in South Korea Uni? “I’m an ESL teacher in Korea, and have just started my second contract here. I have about four years’ teaching experience, and hold a degree in English as well as a TEFL certificate. My partner and I were hoping …


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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 …


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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! …


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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. …


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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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A Task Based Learning Group Project Idea

One of the task based learning projects I like to do is a group poster presentation. Here’s how it works: Students Choose a Group for their Presentation The students can go in groups of 1-5 people. I always hated group projects in school, so I like to give the option …


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Making Money in Korea- It’s not about the base pay

Give me a Raise! I was talking with my friends last night about pay at Korean Universities. One of my friends who works at another uni, said that she would appreciate it if Korea unis would bump up the pay by 100,000 or 200,000 Won per month after a couple …


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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 …


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How Not to Get Ripped Off in Korea

A question from a reader who is considering coming to Korea to teach English but is wondering about the stories they keep reading about how many ESL teachers get ripped off. Korea’s Less than Stellar Reputation Korea is a place where many English teachers get ripped off. It’s not the …


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Odd One Out: Warm-Up Game

This warm-up game is a fun one to get some thinking juices going on in the old brain. It’s called odd one out. The way it works it that I’ll have 7 or 8 sets of words on the board. Body part, shapes, colors and foods work very well.   …


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Work Social Activities: a Guide

Both of the universities I’ve worked at are not heavy on the mandatory work social activities, thankfully. At my previous place, it was 4-5 times/semester, while my current one is once/semester, if that. Anyway, my theory about interacting with the powers that be in Korean universities (although this could apply …


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How to Ask Questions- Low Level Students

It’s a Big Problem! One of the biggest problems my lower-level students have is knowing how to ask questions, especially of the follow-up variety. They’re really pretty decent at answering the basics, like: “What’s your name?” “Where are you from?” “What’s your favorite_____?” etc. But once that question is finished, …