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 …

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 …

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! …

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 …

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 …

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.   …

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 …

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, …

ESL Speaking Tests: Some Options

There are a few different options for ESL speaking tests, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages in terms of teacher effort, ease of grading and how well it measures what you’re trying to measure. ESL Speaking Test Option #1: Speeches for ESL Students Some teachers put a big …