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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Lesson Planning, TESOL/EFL/ESL

How I Design My Assessments

Maybe some of this is pretty obvious, especially to more seasoned teachers, but a recent request from a colleague sparked a personal reflection into how I approach my test design. This is the first semester with a new book for the academic English class at my university. As a result, this semester all the professors… Continue reading How I Design My Assessments

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

Inside the Classroom, Lesson Planning

How to Lesson Plan Effectively for Korean University Teaching

It is easy to get overwhelmed with teaching, especially if you are new to the game. Still relatively new to teaching at less than two years under my belt, I fell into a university gig here in Korea and before I knew it the first semester came and went. When I looked back at the… Continue reading How to Lesson Plan Effectively for Korean University Teaching

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

Icebreaker Idea for a New Semester

With the beginning of the semester exactly two weeks away, gears are shifting away from summer vacation back into teaching mode. I plan to attack teaching conversational English in a very different way this fall. My guiding philosophies regarding language teaching have been influenced by all the things I have learned in my personal learning… Continue reading Icebreaker Idea for a New Semester

Inside the Classroom, Lesson Planning, Teaching Tips, TESOL/EFL/ESL

Basic English Sentence Structure | Lesson Tip

  One of the biggest difficulties for Korean learners of English is sentence structure. My linguistic training wants me to tell you a dozen or so reasons why it is especially difficult for them, but the one I want to focus on here is English sentence structure. English is a subject-verb-object (SVO) language (i.e. Johnny… Continue reading Basic English Sentence Structure | Lesson Tip

Inside the Classroom, Lesson Planning, Reflections, TESOL/EFL/ESL

Getting Ready for a New Semester

This summer I dedicated to my (online) professional development. It has been a lot of reading, sharing information, and reflection. As the Korean university summer vacation is winding down and August 31st draws ever closer, I am starting to shift my focus from reflection to action (and more reflect, of course). This semester I have… Continue reading Getting Ready for a New Semester

Games/Activities, Inside the Classroom, Lesson Planning, Teaching Tips, TESOL/EFL/ESL

Basic English Sentence Structure | Activity Ideas

I recently published a post about a diagram that I use to teach my students about basic English structure. I also wanted to share some activities that teachers can use with their students that I think are easily adaptable depending on the level you are teaching. If you have some of your own that you… Continue reading Basic English Sentence Structure | Activity Ideas

Lesson Planning, Reflections, TESOL/EFL/ESL

Important Lesson: Concentrate Language Learning Efforts

As a human being, I firmly believe in never asking more of someone than you yourself are willing to do and I bring this with me into my teaching. As an EFL teacher, though, I felt it was important to not only learn my students' native language to understand what troubles they might have in… Continue reading Important Lesson: Concentrate Language Learning Efforts