Teaching ESL Abroad as a Career: A Good Choice?

Is Teaching ESL Abroad a Good Career Choice? An English as a Second Language teacher doesn’t exactly fit into the category of a “serious” job where you make “serious” money. However, I would argue that it actually has a lot going for it and it’s a great choice for someone …

Korean University Job Interview: All the Details

I get a lot of questions from readers about the Korean University Job Interview. First of all, I’ll say that they are quite different from job interviews “back home,” wherever that may be. You’ll probably get asked far more personal questions than in Korea, and of course, you should answer …

Top 10 ESL Activities for University Students and Adults

Top 10 ESL Activities for University Students and Adults If you’re looking for some ideas for your conversation classes with university students or adults, you’ve come to the right place. Here are my top 10 ESL activities for adults that will make your lesson planning easy and your classes as …

Financial Management for English Teachers

Financial Management: Let’s Talk Money Money-I know it’s kind of an uncomfortable subject for a whole lot of people and some of you might have the “out of sight, out of mind” attitude towards it. Or, the plan to just enjoy life now and worry about the rest of it …

Korean University Jobs: The Golden Handcuffs

***Friends, family, random Internet strangers who ask me all the time why I’m leaving Korea and my sweet, sweet Korean University Job. This post explains everything, kind of.*** Korean University Jobs: All Things that Glitter The other day I was talking to a friend of mine about Korean university jobs. …

Top 5 High Salary ESL Teaching Jobs

  High Salary ESL Teaching Jobs Teachers mainly gravitate towards educational careers, driven by the passion of enriching the lives of their students. Of course this is reality! This choice is not driven by money in most cases. Rather, it’s the joy and contentment of the job that makes teachers …

ESL Board Games: Happy Times, Guaranteed!

  Not ESL Board Games I love me a good board game. Three of my favourites are King of Tokyo, Settlers of Catan and Puerto Rico. Because I’m essentially totally and completely burnt-out on the teaching after almost nine years of doing it in Korean universities, my USA internship preparation …

Review of Touchstone 4-Skills ESL Textbook for Adults

A Review of Touchstone 4-Skills ESL Textbook Touchstone is a 4-skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) ESL textbook for adults published by Cambridge. There are 4 levels, ranging from 1-4.  is reasonably easy and would generally be suitable for an average freshman English class in Korea. is much harder and even third …

4 Tips for Teaching Monolingual Classes

Monolingual Classes: Difficult to Teach! Monolingual classes (everyone speaks the same language) can present a difficulty for ESL/EFL teachers. This is because there is often no compelling reason as to why students actually have to communicate with each other in the target language. This is the situation I find myself …

English Reading Tips for ESL/EFL Learners

If you’re looking for some English reading tips, you’ve come to the right place! We have three of our favourite English reading tips, along with a link to where you can get even more of them. There are many reasons why you might want to improve your English reading skills. …

English Reading Tip: Use Context Clues

Types of Context Clues Here’s an English reading tip for you about using context clues. Sure, you can use your dictionary to look up words you don’t know, but this is the easier (and better way). After all, you don’t always have a dictionary handy, especially when doing an English …

English Listening Tip: Check out Podcasts

Improve your English Listening Skills  I love podcasts-you can almost always find me listening to one while I’m exercising, hanging around the house cooking or cleaning. They are entertaining, informative and you can learn something new. There is a podcast for just about any topic you can imagine. The best …

Teaching Without a Safety Net

Teaching ESL Abroad: What Happens After? Hey there everyone, it’s Jackie here. After teaching in South Korea for 10 years, I left, and went back to my home country, Canada in February 2016. I was pretty worried about the whole thing. 10 years in a foreign country is a long …

ESL Writing Tip: Always Proofread

The Biggest Mistake You can Make for ESL Writing Not proofreading your writing is the biggest mistake you can make for ESL writing. This applies to students who are studying English as a second or third language, as well as native speakers. Almost everyone makes a lot of very simple …