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 …

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 …