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English Class with Korean 4th Graders (English As a Second Language)

English As a Second Language, or "teaching English", is many things to many people. It exists on many levels ranging from a travel ticket to a serious career choice. Most people look at it as a way to … [Read more...]

Teaching ESL: Enforce Behavior, Drop the Ax, But Keep It FUN!

Coming into teaching ESL later in life presents a challenge for me. Without time on my side, I know I need to get training whenever it's available. I took on obtaining ESL-related certifications along … [Read more...]

Classroom Management: Setting Rules and Expectations for a Smooth Running Year

As a public school ESL instructor in South Korea, I know that my requirements and authority level are limited in comparison to my Korean counterpart, or co-teacher. Still, in my situation where I … [Read more...]

3 Tips for Earning Student Respect

Let's be real about this whole teaching gig. If you're a teacher in the ESL world, chances are you're probably in the same boat as me, and I'm no different than the thousands of other ESL teachers … [Read more...]

How to Speak English to Korean Students (and Teachers)

Living abroad, and more specifically teaching English in South Korea is all about expansion and improvement. That is, if you want it to be. One thing is for sure for every person who travels abroad to … [Read more...]

Making Cake in a Mug with Middle School Korean Girls

English camp comes at the start of Summer and Winter breaks.  It generally lasts about 10 days and the day usually ends before noon.  At least that's how it was at my school.  Camps are usually on the … [Read more...]

First Lesson Idea for New Teachers in Korea

I get a lot of questions regarding lesson planning.  A lot of hopeful ESL teachers wonder what direction they should take regarding their lessons and how to go about making them.  There is really no … [Read more...]

Time to Study, Time to Teach

Trying to find the time...Back in early February I began the process of becoming a certified teacher in the state of Florida through the University of West Florida's TeacherReady online … [Read more...]

Teaching MATH in English When I’m Sick

Ten Saturdays per semester I am part of a new EPIK program called SAM (Science, Art, and Math in English).  It's a very new program since the removal of standard Saturday classes in Korea.  For SAM, I … [Read more...]

English Class Video with Award Winning Teacher

Candice - #1 in BusanEvery teacher has to endure having one of their classes reviewed by a supervisor from the Office of Education in your province. They come and watch one of your classes, … [Read more...]