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 …

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 …

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, …