Lesson Planning, Teaching Tips, Uncategorized

Why I Don’t Give Study Guides (and What I Do Instead)

Back in the day, I vaguely remember the night before a test (or the thirty minutes prior somewhere near the classroom), eyes furiously scanning over a single note card or a well-handled stack of papers, trying to cram every detail I could into my mind just to regurgitate it on the test and never have… Continue reading Why I Don’t Give Study Guides (and What I Do Instead)

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Games/Activities

Jenga | Review Activity

An example of review activity I like to play is Jenga. Students focus on the game primarily while also engaging in being asked and answering questions of their own design covering past units.  Materials:   List of questions Jenga set Procedures: Before playing, have students write as many questions related to a unit from the… Continue reading Jenga | Review Activity

Games/Activities, Teaching Tips

Teaching Practical Skills | Bonus: Context Clues Activity

It's been quite a few months since I have updated this thing! Life gets busy and sometimes we get into reflection slumps (or is this just me?)- which are just as frustrating as reading slumps are to readers. I feel I am slowly coming out of this slump and ready to start exploring my teaching (and sharing… Continue reading Teaching Practical Skills | Bonus: Context Clues Activity

Games/Activities, Inside the Classroom, TESOL/EFL/ESL

Reading Quiz Challenge! Activity | Four Skills

Normally, reading is a somewhat solitary activity. Students may answer comprehension questions from a book or teacher about the contents of the reading. They may also encounter it again on the test, but this is usually about it. I love reading and as a teacher, I want to make it more fun and interactive for… Continue reading Reading Quiz Challenge! Activity | Four Skills

Reflections, Teaching Tips, TESOL/EFL/ESL, Uncategorized

Less Talk, More Action.

I have been listening to this podcast called Masters of TESOL since it was introduced to me last week. It has great quality, thought-provoking guest interviews on real topics that would interest any EFL teacher or linguist. In episode six, Stephen van Vlack speaks on teaching language through brain-based approaches that take into consideration how the human brain learns… Continue reading Less Talk, More Action.

Reflections, Teaching Tips, TESOL/EFL/ESL, Uncategorized

I Asked My South Korean Students How To Study, And…

...their answers were not at all what I expected. South Korean students are some of the hardest working, if not the hardest working, group of students in the world. They are known for their hours of dedication to their studies, often spending more time with teachers and books than with their family on any given… Continue reading I Asked My South Korean Students How To Study, And…

Lesson Planning, Teaching Tips, TESOL/EFL/ESL

Basic English Writing Structure | Lesson Tip

Writing is an expression of our thoughts, and our thoughts are highly influenced by our culture. Naturally, my Korean university students have been deeply entrenched in Korean culture and think in a very different way than I have been accustomed to. This makes teaching writing a little more difficult. All kids growing up in America… Continue reading Basic English Writing Structure | Lesson Tip