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 …