ESL

Korea Blog Podcast: Korea’s English Fever, Or English Cancer?

Do all South Korean students need English in order to be a success? And why are students learning to score well on tests rather than to actually speak English? Seoul-based essayist, broadcaster, & Los Angeles Review of Books Korea Blog writer Colin Marshall joins Korea FM’s Chance Dorland to discuss the negative consequences of Korea’s ESL industry he describes as a cancer.


ESL Speaking and Listening: Agony Aunt

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ESL Speaking and Listening Activity: Agony Aunt

Skills: Listening/Speaking/Reading
Time: 15-20 minutes
Level: High-beginner to Advanced
Materials: Printed advice column questions and answers


Reflections on my time in Busan for weteachkorea.com

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A few weeks ago my friend Luke, who I travelled to Japan with a few years back and played football alongside while I was living in Korea, contacted me with regard to writing a lifestyle/opinion piece on my time in Busan for his new website; weteachkorea.com


ESL Classroom Management Tips and Tricks

ESL classroom management

ESL Classroom Management Tips and Tricks


Top 5 Kids ESL Speaking Games

Kids ESL Speaking Activities

Top 5 Kids ESL Speaking Games


Level Up your Teaching Game: A Resource for Busy Teachers

resources for busy English Teachers

Usually Not My Style…


Korean Students Write the Darndest Things

Part of my job as a high school English teacher in South Korea involved giving out, and then correcting, weekly creative writing assignments. It quickly became one of my favorite parts of the experience, as it allowed my students to apply the language with more freedom and personality. It also helped me to get to know them in a more private way. From unintentionally funny remarks, to profound realizations, their writing was a joy to read.

Below is a small collection of some of my favorite excerpts. I’ve also taken the liberty of underscoring their messages with related images. Perhaps this could have been made into some sort of class project… Enjoy!


Teaching English as a Second Language in your Home Country

Weary of the Expat Living? Maybe you’re teaching abroad in a place like Korea or China but you’re weary of the expat life. You want to go home and maybe you’re considering teaching English a second language in your home country. If this is you, then keep reading for some advice on how to make

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Teaching ESL Abroad as a Career: A Good Option?

Lots of people ask me about teaching ESL abroad as a career and whether or not it’s a good option. My answer is: sometimes, it really depends on the person. Teaching English abroad doesn’t exactly fit into the category of a “serious” job where you make “serious” money like you would doing many things back home,

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SOS: A fun Review Game for ESL Students

SOS review game for ESL students

SOS: A Review Game for ESL Students-Kids + Adults

Skills: Speaking/listening

Time: 10-15 minutes

Level: Low Intermediate to Advanced, age 8+

Materials Required: White board and a list of questions


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