My 1st Day Teaching in Vietnam

It’s so hot here. So hot. So jungly. Me and my heat rashes are definitely going through an adjustment period!


My morning walk...gorgeous but fucking hot as fuck
My morning walk…gorgeous but fucking hot as fuck


My first day of teaching was yesterday…..


Italian Students Speak

As a full time teacher of English as a Second Language I come across many ways in which to encourage learners to activate their acquired language. During this summer (2013) I was teaching teenaged Italian students in Ireland, and I found that more so that my past experiences, my students were very active online. I thought of ways in which I could get them to use this interest in a lesson.

Korea’s EFL Education is Failing, But What Can Be Done About It?

Is Korea’s EFL teaching failing? This question was asked by Groove Magazine in its March issue. The article was a comprehensive account of the history of Korea’s attempt to make its population more competitive by making English language skills key to a child’s education. I thought that the answer was pretty straight forward. Yes. Korea’s EFL instruction programme is failing. But maybe it was an easy question.

Of course it’s important to set out from the beginning to establish the fact that you’re talking about the governments drive to instil native speaker capabilities among the populace. And it’s important to know that whenever you read an argument like this you have to remember that opinions have already been forged on the barstools of waegdom, so convincing any new comers to the discussion will allow for short work.

Featured Presentations (Groom, Krashen, & Toyoma) - KOTESOL International Conference 2011

KOTESOL Website: http://koreatesol.org
Presentation Information: http://koreatesol.org/IC2011Invited
More conference videos at:  http://koreabridge.net/kotesol2011

Nicholas Groom
Using Learner Corpora to Connect with Students' Cultures

Stephen Krashen
Trends in Sustained Silent Reading

Setsuko Toyama
Connecting Culture to Class: Problems, Pitfalls and Practical Approaches for Elementary Teachers

A Chat with Chuck Sandy @ KOTESOL 2011

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Maria Pinto (now followable at: @otnipairam) speaks with Chuck Sandy (@chucksandy) at the 2011 KOTESOL International Conference. 

More about KOTESOL at: http://koreatesol.org/

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto @ Busan KOTESOL 2011

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto
@ 2011 Spring Busan KOTESOL Conference 
Pusan University of Foreign Studies
June 4, 2011

Presentation: Little Tech for Big Result

Presentation Slides

Little Tech for Big Results (Pusan)

Online Resources Mentioned

Voice Thread: http://voicethread.com/
Student projects on Voice Thread: http://voicethread.com/?#u487282

Wordle: http://www.wordle.net/

Glogster: http://www.glogster.com/
Student projects on Glogster: http://barbsaka.glogster.com/

Fotobabble: http://www.fotobabble.com/
Student projects on Fotobabble: http://www.fotobabble.com/l/barbsaka

Toondoo: http://www.toondoo.com/
Student projects on Toondoo: http://www.toondoo.com/user/barbsaka

Favorite Word - The Write-n-ator (from PBSKidsGo):  http://www.nhptv.org/pbskidsgo/main_challenge.asp?aid=7

Xtranormal: http://www.xtranormal.com/
Student projects on Xtranormal: http://www.xtranormal.com/profile/2282007/
(Download "State" version to make movies without Internet connection: http://www.xtranormal.com/about_state)

Morgue File (copyright free photos): http://www.morguefile.com/

Rocco's Day (power point picture book) on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxZDgENojWc

Six Word Stories (post on my blog): http://www.teachingvillage.org/2011/03/03/six-word-stories/

Barbara's TeachingVillage.org & Teaching Village Wiki

Free Let's Go Resources

Barbara speaking with fellow webhead, Jeff Lebow

Topics discussed include
Using Tech with YELL's (Young English Language Learners), Webheads in Action, professional devleopment, Twitter, commercial publishing in an era of open content and collaboration, and what lies ahead...

Links Mentioned
Darren Elliott's Interview with Barbara (2009)

Webheads: Webheads.info  Webheadsinaction.org


ELTchat.com   ELTChat Facebook Page

Pecha Kucha Presentation (2010)
"Bubbles: Everything I learned about teaching I learned underwater"

Let's Go Series

Alan Schwartz of EnglishCentral.com @ Kotesol 2011

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English CentralKotesol.org

Alan Schwartz of English Central.com @
KOTESOL's 2011 National Conference
KAIST University
Daejeon, Korea
May 14, 2011

Jason Renshaw @ KOTESOL 2011 National Conference


Jason RenshawKotesol.org

Jason Renshaw @
KOTESOL's 2011 National Conference
KAIST University
Daejeon, Korea
May 14, 2011

Links from the Jasonsphere
Plenary: Materials development for language learning - the next ten years

Chat log from the online audience

Download mp3 file of the presentation 

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A Discussion with Jason
Topics: His imminent step back from ELT, onine teaching strategies, reflections on being back in Korea, & what lies ahead...

11 Steps to Effective ESL Lesson Planning

Korean students are notoriously shy. Plan activities that build rapport from the start. Photo: P. DeMarco

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