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 …

Comparative Adjectives: How to Teach Them, the Awesome Way

Powering Through Comparative Adjectives My last semester teaching at a Korean university is coming to a close and in my freshman classes, we’re powering through the last little bits of Touchstone 2 before the final exams next week. Touchstone 2,  by the way is a very decent book overall and although …

Plagiarism in Korea: How did only 200 get Caught?

Plagiarism in Korea: Sketchiest of the Sketchy A recent article from Time Magazine about plagiarism in Korean universities. You can see it here: 200 South Korean Professors Charged in Massive Plagiarism Scam. The gist of it is that these professors changed the author names and covers of textbooks and passed them off …

39 ESL Warm-Ups: For Teenagers and Adults

Boredom is Always Looming: Change up Those ESL Warm-Ups It’s a reality that many of your students will not have spoken English or perhaps not even given it a single thought since you last saw the previous week in class. By beginning your lesson with a warm-up activity or game, …

When is it Time to Leave Korea?

When is it Time to Leave Korea? When I first told my friends, colleagues and random Internet acquaintances that I was leaving Korea at the end of this contract (plane ticket is for Feb. 15th!), they mostly acted quite surprised and said they thought I was a lifer. A lifer …

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 …

ESL Vocabulary Activities: For Teenagers and Adults

Like to Save Time? Me Too! Whether you’re a first-time English teacher, an experienced but overwhelmed instructor, or someone without a textbook thrown into the sea without a life-jacket, you need more activities for your classes. If you’re tired of wading through the junk on the Internet to find the ESL …

An Online TEFL Course: Not the Most Terrible Idea

Just Do the CELTA I’ve always said that if you’re going to do a TEFL course of some kind, you may as well go big and awesome and just do the CELTA. Sure, it’s expensive, coming in at around $2000 USD, and time-consuming (120 hours, usually done intensively over one …

Welcome to Hagwon Hell

Welcome to Hagwon Hell, Public School Teachers I’ve been talking about how the Korean ESL industry is dying for the past few years now. One of my friends who was in Japan a decade ago just before and then when everything was crashing and burning, says that Korea these days …

An ESL Listening Lesson Plan Template

I Had no Idea, too I’m always surprised when I get reader questions or talk to people preparing for their upcoming job interviews that they don’t know how to make a basic lesson plan. But, it’s not so crazy and I actually had no system of any sort until I …

Korea 2014 by Chris Backe: Book Review

Korea 2014: A Guide for Entrepreneurs I recently read this book, Korea 2014: New Information and Cultural Insights Entrepreneurs Need to Start a Business in Korea by Chris Backe and really enjoyed it. I found myself nodding along at basically every single thing in it because it’s all true. Not only …

You Came to Korea for the Money, Right?

You Came to Korea for the Money, Right? Doesn’t everyone come to Korea to teach English for the money? I guess it’s not always true, but it’s often the case and anyone who says that they’re here for purely altruistic reasons, well treat with suspicion. Korea is a first world …