Top 10 ESL Activities for Big Classes

Way Back Then? Big Classes were Terrible! I remember back to my first year teaching in a Korean university, way out in the countryside of Chungcheongnam-Do. I taught writing and freshman English to classes of 40+ students. The writing students I saw for 3 hours/week, while the freshman English classes, …

107 Facebook Groups for ESL Teachers

If you’re looking for Facebook Groups for ESL Teachers, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve compiled 107 of them in one place so you can stop wasting your time searching around in Facebook. Happy Facebooking! And, please comment below and tell me if I’ve missed any of the big …

Teaching Writing Skills-It Just Got Easier

Teaching Writing Skills Just Got a Whole Lot Easier During my decade teaching in South Korean universities, I taught a whole lot of writing. Beginners, intermediate, advanced. Everything from how to write a basic sentence to 5-paragraph academic essays. For all the details about that, check out these posts: Teaching …

49 Frugal Living South Korea Tips

Everything Frugal Living South Korea A decade ago, it was pretty easy to put away a couple thousand USD every month from teaching English in Korea. This usually involved a combination of the regular day-job and then some private teaching at night or on weekends. These days though, the cost of …

49 Things to Do to Get Uni Jobs in South Korea

Uni Jobs in South Korea If you’re looking for information about uni jobs in South Korea, then check out this SlideShare presentation with the top 49 tips for how to do just that! There are lots of tips and tricks that will help you increase your chances to get one …

Infographic Presentation: An ESL Speaking Activity

  Infographic Presentation: An ESL Speaking Activity   Skills: Reading/writing/listening/speaking Time: 1+ hour Level: High-Beginner to Advanced Materials: Internet access, PowerPoint Optional Materials: Video camera Presentations are a regular feature of ESL classes, but your students may get overwhelmed at the thought of first creating and then presenting a full-length speech. …

Teaching Abroad: Fun, but Not Financially Lucrative

Teaching Abroad: Fun, but not Financially Lucrative I’ve been living out the Life After ESL part of my life since I moved to Canada a few weeks ago after living in Korea for the past 10 years. If you’re interested in transitioning out of teaching English abroad, check out the book …

101 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults

ESL Activities For Teenagers and Adults 101 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults is the book that belongs on every ESL/EFL teacher’s bookshelf. It’ll help you save time when lesson planning, guaranteed. You should consider getting the book if you fit into one of the following categories: Tired of Wasting …

How to Teach English to University Students

It’s That Time of Year! The first week of classes in Korean universities have now finished and the introductory activities are done. It’s time to get into the serious teaching. But, perhaps you’ve only taught kids before and are new to teaching university students. It really is kind of a …

Speaking English Fluently: What it Takes

Speaking English Fluently: What it Actually Takes I had so many students during my time teaching in universities in South Korea asking me what they could do to become fluent in English. What I told them and what I’m going to tell you right now is the very non-technical answer …

ESL Listening: How to Teach It

How to Teach ESL Listening ESL Listening: Love It! Back in the days when I used to teach in South Korean universities (not so long ago! This is the first semester in 8 years that I won’t be teaching), I loved me a good listening lesson. I would try to …

Korea: 10 Things I Don’t Miss About You

Well, I’ve been back in the Great White North that is Canada for 10 days now and there hasn’t been a moment where I’ve doubted my decision to leave Korea after 10 years. Of course I’m still in the honeymoon phase of reverse culture shock, so I’m sure some difficult …

Leaving Korea? Top 10 Tips to Do it Well

Top 10 Tips for Expats Leaving Korea The day has come! I’m leaving Korea! After 10.5 years in Korea, I’m down to my last 3 days in the land of the kimchi. Overall, I’m feeling pretty upbeat about the whole thing and know it’s the right decision. Just this very …

Life After ESL: Teaching in the USA + Freelancing

Interview with Heather Douglas from Oscar Astoria + Rabbits and Hatters For the past year, life after ESL has been on my mind. It was about a year ago that I decided to leave kimchi-land and return home to Canada. After a decade here, it wasn’t an easy decision but …

Private English Tutoring Activities for Adults

If you Know a Friend… So we all know that in most cases, private English tutoring is illegal for foreigners here in Korea. It’s kind of ridiculous, but whatever! I get enough overtime at my university that I don’t need to cruise ’round the city, burning the midnight oil to …