Activities for Private Teaching: 39 of Them!

39 Activities for Private Teaching So, we all know that private tutoring here in Korea is highly illegal and of course no foreign English teacher would ever do it. But in case you have a friend that does, you should let them know about this book of activities for private …

Review of Touchstone, a 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. Touchstone 1 is reasonably easy and would generally be suitable for an average freshman English class in Korea. Touchstone 4 is …

Just Because Everyone Else is Doing It…

Just Because Everyone Else is Doing It… After 10 years, my time here in Korea is coming to a close and I only have one final week of “teaching.” By teaching, I actually mean playing some awesome board games with my students like Settlers of Catan, King of Tokyo and …

ESL Teacher Burnout: Here’s How to Avoid It

Now, I realize the irony of this post on ESL teacher burnout. I, myself, am totally and completely burnt out on the teaching and am in fact moving to Canada in about a month after living in Korea for a decade. However, I did have a really solid nine years …

Top 10 Time-Savers When Teaching in a Korean University

Top 10 Time-Savers When Teaching in a Korean University Let’s be real. Teaching in a Korean university is probably the easiest job you’re going to ever have in your entire life. Teaching hours are light, prep + grading are usually minimal, and you have no expectations for results whatsoever. However, …

$20,000 a Year in Korea: Is it Possible? Yes!

$20,000 a Year in Korea: “But it’s Impossible!” I ran across an interesting thread over on ESL Cafe¬†where someone is talking about how, before they came to Korea ten years ago, lots of bloggers were talking about how it’s possible to save $20,000 USD per year teaching in Korea. However, …

ESL Speaking Activity: Just a Minute

ESL Speaking Activity: Just a Minute If you’re looking for some new ideas for the classroom, check out the video below where I talk about my favourite ESL speaking activity, Just a Minute. I loosely based it on a classic Toastmaster’s activity, Table Talk. The idea is that you get …

Touchstone Final Exams: They’re Difficult!

Want to Get High Student Evaluations? My Secrets, Revealed! I’m going to let you in on a little secret right now and tell you the easiest way to get high student evaluations without risking your job or spending a lot of money. Since most of our contract renewals in Korean …

Life in South Korea: Make it Awesome

A couple days ago, I wrote a post about 10 things I love about living and working in South Korea. I was planning on doing a 10 things I hate, but as I started doing it, I realized that there actually wasn’t 10 things. I generally like living and working …

How to Effectively Use LinkedIn for Job Search

Online recruitment is the rave of the moment; most recruiters are interested in hiring people with an active and positive online presence. Although social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter can be used to improve online visibility, LinkedIn is the favourite social media of professionals. It is free from the …