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2 Lesson Plans for Advanced ESL Students

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2 Lesson plans for advanced ESL students

Here are 2 lesson plans for advanced ESL students that are guaranteed to get your students speaking English and enjoying their conversation or discussion class.

Renewable Energy

The first is a renewable energy ESL lesson plan. It’s perfect for advanced ESL students anywhere in the world that are reasonably knowledgeable about technology. It also contains my PPT that I used for a 3-hour class, although I’ve adapted this lesson for classes ranging from 1.5 to 4 hours.

Youth Unemployment in Korea

The second is a lesson plan for advanced students about Youth Unemployment in Korea. In this case, I used it for a 4-hour “killer” class but have also adapted this lesson for a class as short as 1.5 hours.

Even if you don’t live in Korea, this lesson can give you an idea of how I take a topic and expand it to fill up a significant amount of time, while maintaining a common theme.

Of the two lessons, the reading for the first is slightly easier than the second. But, the second topic is usually the one that students have a few more thoughts about.

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I just wanna say that that packing list its a live savior ahaha I for sure will be using it once I have to go back to Seoul. Thanks!!

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On Jeju Shamanism pt. 2 (The Korea File)

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South Korea is one of very few developed nations to have maintained a Shamanic heritage over millennia, and although Shamanism’s influence has diminished on the Korean mainland in the face of modernization, state-sponsored oppression and a generational shift in recent decades, it is still widely practiced on Jeju by a shrinking, but significant, number of elderly islanders .

Here’s writers Anne Hilty and Hong Sun-young from a 2013 piece in The Jeju Weekly magazine:

“On Jeju, shamanism has long been the core of village life. In its village-based shamanistic system, all conflict within a village was expected to be resolved prior to communal rituals in order to help ensure the gods' benevolence and village prosperity.

Jeju’s traditionally egalitarian society was based upon mutual aid; its matri-focal structure included powerful female deities, and diving women, or Haenya, as the primary economic force.”

Filmaker, writer and photographer Joey Rositano has spent more than three years attempting to answer this question, documenting, researching and collecting myths and stories from the elderly practitioners of shamanism on Jeju island.

His documentary ‘At Search for Spirits on the Island of Rocks, Wind and Women’ premiered at the 2014 Jeju Women’s Film Festival and a book of his photography work entitled ‘Spirits: Jeju Island’s Shamanic Shrines’ was released this week.

This is the second of a two part conversation.

For more on Joey's documentary, to find out about shrine preservation efforts on Jeju or to order a copy of 'Spirits: Jeju Island’s Shamanic Shrines', go to

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I have allergies. Symptoms include: horrendously itchy nose, runny-stuffy nose, watery puppydog eyes, wet cough, headache, misery. Does anyong have any advice about allergies? No idea how to find out what’s causing them exactly, or how to stop this torture.


looks like a diaper on my face
looks like a diaper on my face

I know part of the problem was that I was living in a filthy hotel. My employer provides free housing, but only in this creaky, decrepit hotel–the one with the condom in the bathroom and the ancient dust seeping out of every nook and cranny. And the sewage in the bathroom came out of the drain in rank waves of chocolate brown.

Oh, and according to one of my students, the hotel’s haunted with the ghost of a girl who committed suicide.

I moved out of that hotel today, to one right next to the beach! This place has a gorgeous ocean view, and the bathroom does not stink! However, in the bedroom area there is a strong must going on–antique wood style. My allergies have not yet abated! I also have to pay a portion of the cost of this hotel, because it is a little more expensive than the previous big nasty. Considering moving into an even better, cleaner place. We’ll see how my allergies do…and how expensive another location would be.

It’s so exhausting to bounce around all of my stuff like this. And I’m not crazy about the idea of living in a hotel for six months. It’s like living out of a suitcase, and I definitely have to downsize the amount of stuff I have in order to make this lifestyle feasible.

I know a lot of people glorify the simple life, and would probably be chill with living out of a suitcase for six months. The things you own end up owning you and all of that. But me personally, I like a nice extensive wardrobe, and I like to feel comfortable in my home wherever that may be. A lot of people I’ve met traveling would consider my love of things and stuff a weakness. But I disagree. Obviously things don’t make you a better person, but they’re still awesome!  Clothes! Perfume! Electronic gadgets! Accessories! They’re like my little friends! What’s so bad about that? Sometimes people (especially people who travel a lot) use ideals like “minimalism” and the “simple life” as a crutch to make sense of their lives, and it comes off as a bit phoney to me.  Rejecting material goods seems like an easy way out, and a really black-and-white way to make sense of the world. You can’t just get rid of all your stuff and move to another country and suddenly become wise and free. Life’s more complicated than that.

Ok dismounting soapbox.

I’m also getting a little bummed out by the language barrier here. Vietnamese is a tonal language, which basically means it’s impossible to pronounce anything. I went to the post office today to mail some of my winter clothes home and had a really tough time, then ended up getting lost and walking for miles through black blossoming clouds of motorbike-exhaust apocalypse-dust.



Losing weight in Korea

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The Korean diet is SO healthy...not!
While on a bus the other day a friend and I started flipping through timehop and then through old photos on Facebook ("ohhhh my gosh BABY KATE!" was the reaction).  My birthday (coming up August 6th where I'll go from 27 Western age to 30 Korean age) is always a time of reflection on what I've accomplished, what I hope to accomplish, and how I'm looking and feeling.  This is a long post with tons of photos, ten years of nostalgia, and me still trying to figure out what hair colour I can stand long-term.  

To all my friends: there will never be a birthday where I don't want to feel young and ridiculous.  There will never be a day where pink dresses, wine through a straw, tiaras, and macarons are not of value.

When I told people I was moving to Korea most people were very excited for my new adventure and many wanted to tell me second-hand stories of friends (or friends of friends) who had done the same thing.  I was told stories of people coming back entirely fluent in Hangul, people coming back and leaving again, and people who just never came back at all.  I was told stories of people who started photos series of all the crazy "Konglish" (Korean + English) tee-shirts they had seen abroad.  I was also told many stories of people who had gone to Korea and dropped mad weight.  "The pounds just seemed to fall off" I was told.  I was skeptical, but at the same time hoped that I would also be able to enjoy the benefits of living on a Korean diet.

Keeping my weight in check has always been a struggle.  Growing up I lived in a fairly affluent neighbourhood with a variety of slim, pretty girls in Gap Kids clothes.  I was not one of those kids.  My Mom always let me have my own sense of style (which may have gone a little too far when I cut my own hair so it looked like "Jem" at 3 years old) and I enjoyed seeking out unknown designers as well as what I wasn't aware at the time was an entirely different echelon of fashion: Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Elie Tahari.  By the time I was 11 years old I was 5'8" tall (a height that hasn't changed to this day) and a women's size 6-8 (a size I wish had stood the test of time).  I was unhappy not fitting in at my elementary school and had been teased most of my life for big calves and my hips that came in early (hey boobs - I'm still waiting for you!).


Let's fast forward a few years to grade 12.  I was happy in high school - I went to a performing arts high school taking musical theatre so I got to sing, dance, and play a difference character every day.  It was rad.  I was getting exercise at school several times a week and with a gym membership my parents had got me (I was 17 and still holding onto baby weight - I think they knew what University had in store for me). 


By frosh week, I was down to a weight that was heavy, but I'm a tall, muscular girl and I felt confident in my appearance.  I put on the freshman 15 in first year University and when I moved out of residence in 2nd year and got back to a gym routine many (but not all!) of the pounds fell off.  I was content enough, but still not thrilled.

 I made this face a LOT at UBC!

When I moved to Vancouver to go to UBC everything changed.  I was a residence adviser (so I lived back in res) and my cafeteria meal plan was completely different (I don't think Sodexho/ Queen's University has ever really heard of a proper salad regardless of the salad bar that was available).  I walked miles every day - circles around a giant, stunning campus with zillions of opportunities to walk, run, ride, dance, cheer (yes - I was a cheerleader and a sorority girl) climb, or rest enjoying a combination of mountain and sea air.  I was happy - really, really happy.  I almost immediately dropped about 25 lbs unexpectedly.  All of a sudden I was hot and people wanted to pay me to take my picture (the photos are out there on Google but I'm not going to share my professional vanity shots in this particular post).  I had a great shoe closet.  It was wonderful.  My ego was enormous.

I am my Father's daughter. I hope I still have the same smile and party attitude in x # of years...

Hey Mom - is this sweater in Ontario?

My Mom still has a better body than I ever will - she's a fox.

When I started working full time I was the same weight but worked out harder (leaving my house at 5:45 AM so I could get a work out in before heading to the office).  I thought because I was sitting at a computer for 8 hours a day I was all of a sudden getting fat.  Regardless, people still took photos of me mid-bite and to this day I think they're cute.  Wouldn't catch me doing that now, though!

Eventually I did gain weight (and a lot of it!) because of my desk job, but that was in Toronto, not Vancouver.
I can tell you - this was not a look that floored Lupul.

I actually thought this was a flattering photo.


In Toronto I was unhappy.  I worked long hours and even after leaving the office I never really left my work behind as I had two cell phones (work and personal) and the work one never gave me any rest.  Working in hospitality management meant that sure - I got to work at 9 (well - usually earlier) to get the business, but was responsible late into the night for keeping the business happy, fed, and imbibing to increase liquor sales.  I was lonely because I didn't have time to make real friends the first couple of years (shout out to the amazing gal pals I did end up making!) and I ate poorly not just because it was there and convenient, but because it was a crutch.


What a difference...a month makes?

I think that I thought I would drop a pile of weight like I had in Vancouver upon my arrival in Korea, and in some ways I did.  I figured I would do a lot of hiking (the only temples with climbs have been 10-15 minutes max) and that the Korean diet would do magical, wonderful things to my figure.  I have lost weight.  When I came to Korea I snacked a lot, had a lot of chocolate from Canada with me, and was trying to be cheap so that I could stretch the money I brought with me until my first paycheque.  Pasta and LotteMart red "vodka" sauce, rice bowls, and peppers were my go-to diet.  I think I probably put on about ten pounds when I first arrived as I had no gym membership and was eating like garbage.  Don't fall into that trap!  Koreans are bringing in more and more western food and quite frankly it's cheap.  Just don't do it.

In chronological order from left to right... 

 The goal: my 2009 Kits Beach Body.

Since April 17th, 2015 (when I bought my scale) I've lost about 9 lbs.  Seeing as I joined a gym at the end of March and started using MyFitnessPal around then I think overall I've probably lost about 20 lbs since my heaviest.  I go to the gym 5 times a week and on a lazy day still manage to get in at least 30 minutes of cardio, plus 5 sets of abs and a target area for my weights.  On days I go hard (which are more often) I hit Eco-gym and get in 50-60 minutes of cardio plus another 30 minutes to an hour of abs and weights.  I aim to net around 1200 calories a day (ie. if I workout 700 calories you better believe I'm having some extra snacks) and aim for under 100 g of carbohydrates.  MyFitnessPal really helps to ensure I'm getting enough protein and fat to make my day effective.  I also enjoy walking and riding a bike through the Hwamyeong Eco Park.

                              January 2014                                                                                 June 2015

My best advice would be to get a calorie-counting app, go to the gym and work HARD as much as you can, and make sure to enjoy time out with your friends once a week - balance is key or you'll lose interest and fall off the wagon.

July 2015

The pizza here is great (Pizza Maru has green tea crust - I'm not cutting that out completely).  Don't overdo it on the soju (it puts me right to sleep) and splurge on a nice bottle of red every so often.  The best advice I've ever been given was to keep everything in moderation - even moderation.  My ultimate goal is to lose another 23 lbs, so I'm almost halfway there.  Leave a message in the comments if you plan on hitting the ground running on this awesome fitness journey!  I don't think anyone can call me "the incredible shrinking woman" (that's my sister's title after losing something ridiculous like 140 lbs!), but I'm well on my way...


Learn Korean with Kpop

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Looking for a fun way to learn Korean and improve your singing skills at the same time?

Well, if you like Kpop, you’re in luck! One of the most effective ways to learn Korean is to study Kpop song lyrics.

The great thing about this study method is that song lyrics are easy to memorize. If you learn Korean with Kpop, then the new grammar or vocabulary that you pick up from the songs can help speed up your Korean learning and also make learning more fun.

Below, we’ll go over some of the lyrics for a few popular songs, and give you explanations about what they mean. Then you can use them in your day-to-day interactions in Korean, or sing along to the songs.

Let’s get started!

Hyuna – 빨개요 (Red)

Former Wondergirl and 4Minute singer HyunA’s song 빨개요 moves away from the sickly-sweet image of her that listeners of her previous hit song ‘bubblepop’ might’ve had. Although the lyrics 원승이 엉덩이는 빨개 (a monkey’s butt is red) are the most catchy of the song, you might find that particular phrase a little bit difficult to use in general conversation.

I also don’t recommend saying 혼내줄테니까 엉덩이 대 in public, either!


  • 두고 떠나지마 – Don’t leave me / don’t go without me (1:41).

Many K-pop songs use contractions so that the lyrics fit into the song. For example 나는 becomes 난 and 나를 becomes 날. This is important to look out for as these contractions might not come up straight away in a dictionary.

두다 means to put something down or leave something in a place (for example 책을 책상에 두다 would mean to put a book on a desk).

떠나다 means to leave as in ‘to depart’ (출발하다 also has the same meaning and is often used in announcements at airports or train stations instead). So 두고 떠나다 means departing without taking the other thing with you.

–지마 is a shortened way of saying –지 마세요 which means ‘don’t’ in Korean and can be attached to the end of any verb. Often you will hear 가지마 (don’t go) in song lyrics instead of 두고 떠나지마.

  • 지금 너무나 외롭단 말이야 – I’m so lonely right now (1:44).

말이야 comes from 말 meaning word or speech. A common expression using it is 무슨 말이야 meaning (very informally) ‘what did you say?’. This phrase can be heard often in Korean dramas whenever a character is surprised at the ridiculous situation that is unfolding. Used in this sentence, it is like Hyun-A is saying ‘What I’m saying is I’m so lonely right now.’

Sistar – Touch My Body

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둘이 함께 보는 별들 – The stars we are looking at together (3:03)

둘 means ‘two’ and in this situation could be translated as ‘the two of us’.

‘A’하는 것 is a useful piece of grammar which means ‘the thing that does ‘A’. It is used a lot in Korean, for example ‘저는 운동하는 남자를 좋아해요’ (I like guys that exercise).

In this lyric ‘보는 별들’ means ‘the stars that are seen / we can see.

함께 is another word for ‘together’ (as opposed to the more common 같이).

The following lyric, ‘어느 누구보다 행복해’ could be translated as ‘I’m happier than anybody’. 보다 is another useful word. In Korean to say A is better than B you can say ‘B보다A(이/가) 더 좋다’. As you can see, the word order is different in Korean than in the related Korean expression. In this line, ‘A’ (제가) has been omitted to make the lyric fit into the song.

Another example of this piece of grammar being used with words omitted is the title of the Korean drama ‘꽃보다남자’, which translates to ‘boys over flowers’. Fans of this drama can use its title to help them remember this piece of grammar and the word order within it.

‘Touch my Body’ has lots of English in it and the words 우리 (we/us/our) and 지금 (now) come up a lot so it could be quite an easy choice to sing along to for some parts at least.

Exo – 늑대와 미녀 (Wolf) 

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Photo: Hank Loner

The wolf (늑대) in this song title is a word often used as slang for a guy who hits on women.


  • 큰일 났지 – he’s in big trouble (0:40)

큰일 means ‘problem’, ‘crisis’, or ‘trouble’. When it is used it is usually combined with the verb 나다 meaning ‘to come out’. This verb is also used with other words like 열 (fever) and 화 (anger) to make 열이 나다 and 화가 나다. Of course 났다 is the past tense version of 나다. Later in the song, this word comes up again in the line ‘널 못 끊겠어, 큰일 났어’ meaning ‘I can’t quit you, I’m in big trouble.

Miss A – I Caught Ya


  • 미안할 자격이 없어요 – You have no right to be sorry (0:25)

자격이 있다 is a useful phrase to learn, it means ‘I deserve’ and can be used in many situations such as at the end of a long day when you can say 맥주를 마실 자격이 있어요 (I deserve a beer).

The opposite of this is 자격이 없다 which means ‘don’t deserve’.

As mentioned before, Kpop lyrics often use Korean in a strange way, and this song is no different, using 요 when there is no need to be polite to a cheating boyfriend. It also sounds a bit strange when compared to some of the song’s other lyrics like 시끄러우니까 꺼져 줄래요 (shut up and get lost please).

4 Minute – 미쳐 (Crazy)


  • 보고 미쳐 – Look at me and go crazy (0:54)
  • C.R.A.Z.Y. 따라 – C.R.A.Z.Y. follow me
  • C.R.A.Z.Y. 모두 미쳐 – C.R.A.Z.Y everybody go crazy

‘고’ is a way of linking to verbs together and means ‘and’ in English. It is used when the two activities are not directly related.

If they are directly related, then ‘서’ is used such as ‘친구를 만나서 놀았어요’ (I met my friends and played).  In these particular lyrics either 서 or 고 would be acceptable.

미치다 (to be crazy) is a very popular word in Kpop lyrics. The rest of the chorus uses the expression 따라 해 which means ‘follow me’ or ‘repeat after me’, as if 4 Minute wants the crowd to shout out C.R.A.Z.Y. You can use this as it is or insert ‘말’ to say ‘따라 말 해’ which would have the same meaning.

Remember, when you learn Korean with Kpop, you need to be careful because, as with Korean dramas, the language used isn’t always the most natural way to say something.

Which songs do you think would be the most useful to use when learning Korean?

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Another Queer Weekend: Rumor Screening and Free Party at Qubic

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Two pretty great looking events this weekend.

On Friday, Qubic won't be taking cover fees. Apparently, last week there were problems with sound equipment, and to make up for it this Friday is free entrance.

For more information and directions to Qubic, check out their Facebook page.

On Saturday, Indie Space is screening a short film as part of the Gays are Coming short films that I've mentioned on this blog a couple of times.

The film screens at 7 pm this Saturday, July 18th. You can check out the trailer for the film below and reserve tickets at Yes 24.

Have a queer weekend! 

Koreanized Fast Food Menus in McDonald’s, Lotteria, Burger King & KFC

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Sometimes, when travelling in budget, you’ll probably have a moment when you miss the time of having a proper meal. Moreover, some restaurants have a break time, not receiving any orders. Then what would you do? I’d say “Fast food.” Even though fast food is infamous for being unhealthy, many fast food restaurants are alluring you with delicious and simple menus.

Do you know that there are some fast food menus suited for the taste of Koreans and sometimes only available in Korea as well? There are some localized or so-called “Koreanized” Fast Food menus in Korea that are rare in other countries. We will introduce the menus of 4 major burger fast food restaurants – McDonald’s, Lotteria, Burger King, KFC.


McDonald’s brought the era of the fast food in Korea. At first, they usually sold original American style menus, but as McDonald’s got popular among young people in Korea, they started serving localized menus that suit Korean people’s taste.


Bulgogi Burger

Bulgogi Burger is a steady-seller menu, eventually becoming one of the Happy Price All Day menus. It means that you can get Bulgogi burger just at 2,000 won at any time. Bulgogi burger’s patty is marinated in a sweet soy sauce which is usually used in a Korean traditional dish of stir-fried pork – Bulgogi.


1955 Burger

Celebrating its 25 years of running business in Korea, McDonald’s in Korea released 1955 burger. The burger was originally introduced in the European market and became a huge hit. The number 1955 is the year that McDonald’s was founded.


Lotteria is a Korean brand fast food restaurant. Lotteria is known in Korea for launching very distinctive (?) menu that tend to cater to Korean people’s taste. With McDonald’s, Lotteria is the most familiar fast food brand remembered by Koreans.


Vegetable Rice Bulgogi Burger

You will be shocked when you see Vegetable rice bulgogi burger from Lotteria. Instead of bread buns at the top and the bottom, there are sticky and chewy rice buns. Some people said that Vegetable rice bulgogi burger could be somewhat a good meal that could make you feel full.


Gangjeong Burger

Gangjeong burger has a fried chicken patty with Korean sweet spicy red pepper sauce. Other fast food restaurants already have burgers with chicken patties, but Lotteria was the first to use chicken gangjeong sauce in a burger. Gangjeong is chopped and fried chicken that is stirred with soy and red pepper sauce.

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Shake French Fries

Both McDonald’s and Lotteria sell french fried potatoes with extra seasoning. When you order these french fries, you will get a seasoning powder with french fries contained in a paper box. You have to put the powder in the paper box and grab the top of the box to avoid spilling any powder outside the box. Then shake it hard so that the powder mixes with the french fries. There are various tastes of the seasoning powder and you can change normal french fries into the shake fries with a bit of extra charge.

Burger King

Due to its name ‘Burger King,’ Burger King has been recognized as a fast food restaurant where burgers are exceptionally tasteful.


Quattro Cheese Whopper

Quattro cheese whopper is one of the most beloved menus in Burger King around the world. Unlike our thoughts that all the menus from Burger King were originated from the United States where they started the burger business, Quattro cheese whopper was born in Korea to suit Korean people’s taste. Analyzing that Koreans like the rich flavor of cheese, Burger King developed the menu Quattro cheese whopper using 4 different types of Cheeses. The result was successful and Quattro cheese whopper was imported to many countries.


Jalapenos Whopper

With the spicy flavor of jalapenos, Mexican chilies that have a strong spicy flavor gradually coming up in the mouth, Burger King Korea developed Jalapenos Whopper to attract Korean’s taste. The subtle spiciness of jalapenos makes the burger more delicious by catching the greasiness of the fried meat patty and the cheese slice.

We have introduced McDonald’s, Lotteria, and Burger King so far. Popeyes has been decreasing its number of stores in Korea and KFC has no specific burger localized to Korean taste. However, KFC in Korea has unique dessert menus that are hard to find outside Korea.



Mozza Ball

Mozza ball is a fried bread ball with mozzarella cheese inside. There are two types of Mozza ball: plain and squid ink one. As you can guess, squid ink one is black but it tastes the same with the plain one.


Fried ice cream

Fried ice cream is another rare menu that can be found almost exclusively in Korea. When you bite the Fried ice cream, the outer part is hot and crispy and the inner ice cream part is cold and soft. However, since it is fried in oil, some people say that it is too greasy for them.

Adding to the menus introduced above, many seasonal menus have been released as test experiments. Keep an eye on those menus and try them. You may find those menu nowhere in the world but only in Korea! :)

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