Reflections, TESOL/EFL/ESL

“Teacher, Why Do English Speakers Speak So Fast?”

This past week, I overheard some Korean teachers I had the pleasure of spending time with talking. One older gentleman says, "They speak so fast!" So I asked if he meant English speakers. He said he did. I suggested he just needed to get used to the language with practice, it does get easier. He… Continue reading “Teacher, Why Do English Speakers Speak So Fast?”

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Reflections

Teachers Aren’t Always the Teachers Students Need

I often ask a basic knowledge or comprehension question to the class, get the answer, and following it by asking the other students to further analyze why that is the correct answer. A typical exchange looks like this: Me: What is the main idea of this paragraph? Student 1: The main idea is... Me: Great!… Continue reading Teachers Aren’t Always the Teachers Students Need

Reflections, TESOL/EFL/ESL

Presentation/Speeches | Reflection

I teach required English Conversation classes at my university. The students are not English majors, but their majors are related to the medical fields as I teach at a medical university. This is important because I do not teach students whose primary focus is the English language but having good English skills will be beneficial… Continue reading Presentation/Speeches | Reflection

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…