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)
My third semester at university is coming to an end and the projects and presentations along with it. In my academic English class which happened to be flipped (learning at home and work in class), production skills were focused on in class. As such, I gave a group presentation + essay as their semester project.… Continue reading What I Have Learned From Assigning Group Work
This past week as I went about teaching I thought about faces. We as educators rely on our students' faces to know whether or not they understood a topic, if they are following the class, or if they are even interested in what we are teaching them. I value my students' expressive faces because it… Continue reading What’s Wrong With Your Face
I wanted to reflect on my process of creating a course by breaking down the steps involved. These posts probably hold nothing for more experienced teachers, but maybe newer teachers will benefit from them. The first thing I have started to do was design the syllabus. There are plenty of resources out there but I… Continue reading Designing a Course | The Syllabus
As the second semester of my first year draws to a close, I am both relieved and nervous. This year has been full of a lot of stress, mistakes, hard work, and disappointments, but also opportunities and experiences. My second year is also looking like it will hold a few new things for me. Over a… Continue reading Designing a Course for a Korean University
About a year ago I was ready to learn how to knit. I bought my needles and scored a bunch of yarn for cheap from someone who was relocating. I had what I needed. I sat down with a couple of needles in my hand, Youtube tutorials in front of me, and thought, "Let's start… Continue reading What Learning to Knit Taught Me About Teaching
Many EFL teachers start out on a different path, not expecting to becomes teacher. They come ill prepared to teach English to students in a school setting, often left to fend from themselves. Administrators, however, have amazing power to turn the caliber of each teacher around. Pernille Rip really expresses it perfectly. I hope to… Continue reading Dear Administrators – After the Observation
Halfway through my second semester teaching at a Korean university and it is safe to say that I have learned a lot in such a short time. I am nowhere near the same teacher I was at the beginning of February of this year. Feeling pensive this morning, I wanted to share some of the… Continue reading Five Lessons From My First Year Teaching at University
I walk into the classroom, bag over my shoulder with my papers, book, and pen. A genuine smile adorns my face. I love doing what I do. After summoning the energy like a Japanese animation character powering up his energy attack (yes, I'm that kind of girl), I am ready to greet my students. "Hello!"… Continue reading How Much of the Class is My Fault?
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.