How to Teach English to University Students

It’s That Time of Year!

English classes in Korean Universities

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 different world and adults have very different needs than kids.

Here are a few resources to get you started with lesson planning for your English classes in Korean universities. The tips will also help you out if you teach university students or adults around the world, so keep on reading.

Lesson Planning-No Textbooks

Maybe you’re kind of like me and hate the ESL textbooks. Or, perhaps you haven’t even been given one to teach from for some of your classes and are left to your own devices. If you’re new to teaching, it can be a bit terrifying. But it actually doesn’t need to be. You’ll just need to check out this post with my Top 5 ESL Lesson Planning Sites.  Business English, current events, writing, movies and lots of other awesome (and free!) resources to get you going. The power of the Internet will make your classes great!

ESL Lesson Planning Templates

If you’ve never really done a lesson plan before, this is the section you’ll need! Here is a very, very basic ESL lesson plan that is as simple as I could make it. It’s a list of a few questions to ask yourself as you get ready for your classes and it will help you make sure that you’ve covered the basics.

If you’re looking for something a bit more formal and detailed, check out these ESL lesson plan templates that are mostly modelled on the CELTA/DELTA courses. The good news about these ESL lesson plan templates for university students (or other adults) is that they can be adapted to just about anything: grammar, vocabulary, beginners, advanced, etc.

ESL Listening Lesson Template

ESL Reading Lesson Template

ESL Speaking Lesson Template

Activities and Games for University Students

When you teach kids, it’s usually pretty easy to keep them entertained. Pull out the Bingo, Uno, or a set of flashcards and away you go. Of course the best teachers do far more than this so that the kids actually learn English, but what I mean is that it’s usually not so difficult to keep them happy.

University students are often a lot more demanding, although in some ways it’s easier than with children because their attention spans are much longer. However, it’s best if you use a wide variety of games and activities in your classes to keep things fresh and interesting and challenge your students as well. It’s better for them as well as you.

Here are some ideas for ESL activities to get you started:

Top 10 ESL Activities for University Students and Adults

Top 10 ESL Warm-Up Games and Activities for Adults

Don’t Forget About those Student Evaluations!

In Korea, it’s often all about student evaluations to determine whether or not you get your 1-2 year contract renewed. The pressure is certainly on! Here’s how you can make your classes awesome and get the students to love you!

How to Teach English, the Awesome Way

How to Get High Student Evaluations in a Korean University

81 Ways to Make your ESL Speaking Class Awesome

University Jobs in Korea

University Jobs Teaching English in South Korea
University Job in South Korea

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