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ESL Speaking Lesson Plan

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ESL Speaking Lesson Plan

I have to confess that I didn’t really know how to plan an ESL lesson that well until I took the CELTA. I kind of knew the steps that should be in there, but I was pretty fuzzy on how they all fit together.

Sometimes even experienced teachers who’ve been using textbooks for much of their career can not really have a framework for how things should be done. By “framework,” I mean a system, on paper or inside your head from which you hang all the little pieces and parts and activities.

In case you’re in need of a bit of a primer on ESL speaking lesson planning, you’ve come to the right place! I’m going to give you the framework that I use for planning my own lessons, mostly based on the CELTA model.

It’s easy to plan lessons using this model. And the best part about it is that it actually works. Students are speaking English! People seem happy and engaged.


The first part of your ESL speaking lesson plan should be the warm-up.

It’s pretty hard for students to just jump right into something. That’s why I like to ask a simple question of some kind that is related in some way to the topic for the day. Then, I’ll give them a couple of minute to talk to their partner. I occasionally will show a short video or put up a picture on the projector that they’ll have to talk about.

There are plenty of other warm-up activities you can use as well. Check out the following for even more ideas:

Top 10 ESL Warm-Up Games and Activities for Teenagers and Adults

(Optional) Pre-teach: Vocab or Grammar

If there is something that will come up in the video/listening/reading that you don’t think the students will know and is important, teach that now. But, quickly!

All lessons, but speaking lessons especially should be almost entirely student-centered. What you DON’T want to do is stand at the front of the class, and drone on for more than a minute or two.


The “meat” of your ESL speaking lesson plan should be a reading/listening passage or video.

I’ll usually use a short reading, quick listening exercise or a video from YouTube as a further introduction to the topic. And of course, you’ll need to set some sort of pre-listening task such as a few easy comprehension questions.

It’s helpful to listen/watch/read twice, with the first time being only very easy questions (True/False, simple matching) and then the second time being more detailed ones.

If you use a reading, give the students only a very short amount of time for the first reading with some very easy, simple questions. Then, ask some more detailed questions for the second pass through, along with some more time.

However, be sure to set a time limit for the reading, so you actually get to the speaking part of the lesson! Also make sure to choose a shorter reading so it doesn’t take too much time. Keep the focus on the speaking.

Controlled Speaking Activity

Then, I’ll have the students answer the comprehension questions, orally, with their partner. I tell them to put down their pencils because we’re working on speaking, not writing.

(Optional) Vocab or Grammar Teaching

If there is some kind of grammar or vocab that will be useful for the next activity, I’ll do a very short presentation at this point. Remember: student-centered is best! Teacher talking time is not! Keep it quick and hit only the highlights.

In-Depth Speaking Activity

A vital part of your ESL speaking lesson plan is getting the students to speak for a good chunk of it!

Once the students have answered the comprehension questions, I’ll introduce some sort of in-depth speaking or conversation activity. It could be a task-based activity such as making a short group presentation to the class, a survey of some kind, or some work on speaking fluently. Or, keep things simple and have students discuss more detailed opinion-style conversation questions.

It can be with their partner, a small group or the entire class, depending on the activity. But the key is that you, as the teacher need to step back. In a speaking lesson, you need to let the students do it on their own and that you really shouldn’t be that involved at this point.

You could do 2 or more of these in-depth speaking activities, depending on the class length.

Feedback for an ESL Speaking Lesson

Of course you should be listening for common mistakes and point out some of them to the students. You could also talk about a few strategies to help students improve their speaking.

Some examples of how students can improve their speaking is by making sure to actually listen to their partner instead of just thinking what to say next, the art of asking good questions and keeping the conversation going, or how to just say something a different way if you can’t think of the specific vocabulary word.

Need some ideas for Speaking Activities?

Okay, so now you have the framework for how to plan an ESL speaking lesson. Maybe you need some awesome activities that will get your students engaged, and happy to be learning English. If that’s the case, then you’ll need to check out: 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities for Teenagers and Adults. 

There are almost 40 ESL speaking games and activities that you can easily put into just about any lesson. The best part is that they’re no-prep, or low-prep. If you’re short on time to plan lessons, this is the book your need on your shelf.

You can buy the book on Amazon in both print and digital formats. The (cheaper!) digital copy can be read on any device if you download the free Kindle reading app. It’s easy to have a lesson planning tool at your fingertips anywhere you go. And it’s the perfect tool to go along with this ESL speaking lesson plan template.

Check out 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities for yourself on Amazon:



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Play and Stay in KK: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu

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Where to Stay in Sabah: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort Kota Kinabalu

Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Kota Kinabalu (Malaysian Borneo) is the ideal place to stay in Sabah. Just outside of the city, it offers something for couples (read: adults only) and families alike!  I could live very happily at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu on the giant, private Pantai Dalit Beach.  As media taking part in their “Day in Paradise” package, I was invited to check out a couple of the calm, but still majestic, rooms on each side of the property.

Getting to Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort

Kota Kinabalu City itself isn’t very big.  Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort says it’s located about 40 minutes from Kota Kinabalu International Airport and 35 minutes from KK City’s downtown core.  Getting to the property from my first accommodations in Sabah took about half an hour, and the way back didn’t feel very long at all as I was in good company.  These estimates are surely with traffic, which I hear can get pretty bad, but was fine throughout my entire stay.

Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort Kota Kinabalu Hotel Sabah Malaysia Borneo Paradise Ocean Wing Special Privileges

Each Malaysian-themed room is surrounded by 400 acres of tropical forest.  Many offer a spectacular beachfront view, as well.  The resort offers an eco-friendly championship golf course and Spa at Dalit Bay which welcome you to the grounds.  I spent the morning touring the property and even got to spend some time at the Shangri-La’s private beach – which was empty since everyone was either at the pool or on an excursion.  The resort also has a Nature Interpretation Centre and Nature Reserve which I got to visit on my Day in Paradise experience.  While the only wildlife I got to visit during my stay was a little garden snake, we had a great hike and I got to see some birds of prey flying free.

Playing at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort

There are a plethora of ways to keep busy at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort.  The wall of activities was full of exciting events the day I spent there, and I could have played for a week and still never have experienced it all!  The wide variety of recreation facilities include:

• The Spa at Dalit Bay
• 18-hole championship golf course, club house, putting green and driving range
• Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort’s own nature reserve featuring native animals and plants
• Free-form swimming pool with children’s pool
• Water sport activities, fishing, and river boat tours
• Health club with gymnasium and reflexology treatments
• Horseback riding, cycling, nature walks and tree-top canopy
• A floodlit tennis court
• Tours to Mount Kinabalu, jungle treks, and wildlife reserves
• White-water rafting (seasonal)
• Summit breakfast
• Wall climbing
• Archery

“You decide to go horse riding today. Don’t forget about deep sea fishing tomorrow.  Even the kids have their own fun club. And the more adventurous ones get to help the rangers look after the animals in the resort’s care.  Twilight happens all too soon. But with sunset cocktails and dinner in a beach-side gazebo served by your own private butler, you don’t really mind.” 

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Dining at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort

Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort has a mix of 9 cafes, lounges, bars, and restaurants each with a different theme and atmosphere.  You could feel like you’re dining at a different place on the island for every meal without ever leaving the property.  I was on the go throughout my whole day in paradise and still managed to enjoy some amazing eats!

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I enjoyed and incredible beef rendang at Tepi Laut Makan Street – a 220 seat restaurant in the Garden Wing serving local hawker specialties.  I had a rum cocktail in  a coconut at the Sampan Bar – a 60 seat Beachfront bar serving cocktails and other beverages.

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We ordered the entire menu and got curried away at Naan, Flavours of India – a 95 seat modern Indian restaurant in the Garden Wing boasting plenty of awards for its North Indian cuisine.  More on how I indulged in my next article on Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and my experiences on my Day in Paradise – stay tuned!

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Garden Wing Rooms at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort

Since the Garden Wing is closer to the lobby and activities at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, it tends to be a little more popular with families.  There are 326 guestrooms in the Garden Wing each overlooking the forest, garden or sea.  Garden Wing rooms include complimentary breakfast at Coffee Terrace, too!

Ocean Wing Rooms at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort

The Ocean Wing rooms at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu are absolutely worth the little extra spend.  The rooms are removed from the hustle and bustle of the lobby and the bars and lounges.  There’s a pool right outside your balcony and the sprawling private beach not far away.  The rooms are larger and far more impressive for a number of reasons.

My primary reason for loving the Ocean Wing was the massive balcony with Jacuzzi.  Rumour has it they’ll do it up as a “bath indulgence” with epsom salts, bubble bath, or even rose petals once throughout your stay.  The walk-in closet, mammoth bathroom (with L’Occitane en Provence toiletries), and complimentary mini-bar didn’t hurt!

From arrival to departure, guests of the Ocean Wing will enjoy an elevated holiday experience with special privileges and personalised services, including: 

  • Complimentary breakfast at Oceano
  • Exclusive invitation for pre-dinner drinks and canapes in the Sunset Pavilion
  • Complimentary minibar, replenished daily
  • Complimentary bath indulgence
  • Extensive pillow menu
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and broadband Internet access

All Guestrooms at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort feature:
• 24-hour in-room dining
• Complimentary broadband Internet access
• IDD telephone and voice mail
• Cable TV and in-house movies
• Tea / coffee making facilities
• Mini-bar
• In-room safe
• Hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers

Contact Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

  • Phone: (60 88) 797 888
  • Fax: (60 88) 792 777
  • Email:
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  • Location: Pantai Dalit, PO Box 600, Tuaran, Sabah, 89208, Malaysia, 89208, Malaysia
  • Check-in: 2 PM / Check-out : 12 NOON
  • Payment: American Express, JCB, MasterCard, Visa, and China UnionPay.  Please note that payment by traveler’s check is not accepted at this resort.

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Trump is Moving the Overton Window on Striking North Korea to the Right

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This is a local re-post of an essay I wrote for the Lowy Institute last month. Basically Trump is shifting the entire debate on responding to North Korea to the right.

Broadly, I would say there a two camps – hawks and doves – within the Korea analyst community. And each of those has a nested sub-division – moderates and ultras. The dove ultras are basically pro-Pyongyang. There aren’t too many of these folks left, no matter how mccarthyite the South Korean right gets. Then come the moderate doves who want engagement and the Sunshine Policy. On the right, the moderate hawks (I put myself here) are skeptical of engagement but accept trying, focusing more on sanctions and China. And the hawk ultras want to bomb the North.

Trump’s big impact on North Korea debate is to legitimize the hawk ultras and push the entire conversation their way, in the process writing the doves out of the conversation entirely debate. I have half-in-jest referred to this as the ‘Kelly Rule’ on Twitter. The American debate is increasingly a contest between bombers ultras, like John Bolton yesterday in the WSJ, vs panicked moderate doves and hawks forming a united front to prevent a war.

In social science language, Trump is pulling the Overton window toward strikes, making them more likely generally, even if they don’t happen this year. Trump is normalizing or legitimizing discussions of (the hugely risky) use of force against North Korea.

The full essay follows the jump…



It is a weird time on the Korean Peninsula. Last year saw an extraordinary ramp-up in tensions. US President Donald Trump used incendiary rhetoric for months. His national security staff stated repeatedly that North Korea’s possession of a nuclear missile was unacceptable, and that the nuclear deterrence which worked throughout the Cold War was impossible with the North. But Trump himself did not stop there.

It is now known that his most explosive comments about the North – the use of “fire and fury” to “totally destroy” the “Rocket Man on a suicide course” – were ad-libbed. That is, Trump purposefully raised the temperature, and within the Korea analysis and foreign policy community a sincere debate broke out about whether the US actually wanted a conflict. Was Trump looking for a fight (as he seems to want with Iran, and with the Democrats at home)?

January, however, has seen a sudden swing to the reverse. Now the talk is all about North Korea’s participation in the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea. Northern and Southern negotiators are meeting, and there is much hope in the left-progressive press here that an “Olympic spirit” will carry over from sporting events to the negotiating table. “Sports diplomacy” is all the rage, and the South Korean conservative press is sufficiently unnerved by the sudden diplomacy hype that it is already running cranky (but accurate) editorials about giving away too much when talks have scarcely started. (My personal favourite: “Will S. Koreans Go Crazy Over Some N. Korean Apparatchik?”)

Indeed, there much hope regarding the Olympics. I am sceptical, but we should, of course, always talk to the North when possible. North Korea is the most dangerous country in the world, and we should engage with it in the hope, however unlikely, that we can pull it at least a little towards international norms.

Even if we cannot convince them to denuclearise (and we cannot), at least talks let us bring up other pressing issues, such as nuclear safety, international criminality, access to prisoners, and so on. And South Korean President Moon Jae-in was wise to credit Donald Trump, however preposterously, with North Korea’s return to negotiations. Nothing moves Trump like flattery, and with this Moon adroitly dialled down the pressure from Washington.

But even if the Olympics, the talks, Moon conning Trump, and the rest forestall a US strike on North Korea this year – strikes in 2018 were the big rumour late last year – Trump has nonetheless moved the debate significantly in favour of such strikes. Even if there are no airstrikes this year, the overall likelihood of a strike at some point has risen. Discussing the bombing has become normalised in way unseen since the 1994 US debate on striking the North.

The uptick in discussion over striking North Korea has been noticeable throughout the West, but most evident on US cable channel Fox News. But even in more serious outlets, such as Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, the debate about strikes has cropped up.

It has been raised here, at the Lowy Institute, too. In my own media and consulting work, I am asked far more about striking North Korea than ever before: Will it happen? Should we do it? Can it be done without starting a war? Only last month I was in China for a UBS event where this issue dominated my panel. Even the market is now paying attention to the debate.

Conservative media is, naturally, the most aggressive on the topic, and here too the tone of the debate has shifted. Instead of questions about sanctions and vague threats of war, I now routinely field questions about whether we can or should strike North Korea. The “bloody nose” option is now a staple discussion topic. To capture just how common the discussion of striking North Korea became last year, I coined, half in jest, the “Kelly Rule” on Twitter. I list op-eds advocating strikes, often in a grossly flippant manner. Surely there are more that I have missed.

The upshot of all this is a movement of the discussion on North Korea to the right. Where under the Obama administration few op-eds advocated strikes, they are now proliferating. While I cannot recall conferences from a few years ago where this was a serious topic of discussion, it is now discussed at every event related to North Korea that I attend.

The debate in the West on the North Korean nuclear program is boiling down to one between hawks – moderates arguing for diplomacy and deterrence, even though we are sceptical of the former and dislike the latter with a state as awful as North Korea – versus ultras who can now find space in print to demand strikes. Doves are being written out of the conversation altogether.

The social science notion of the viability of political discussion is known as the Overton window. The outer limits of morally permissible discourse move over time. Leaders, technology, shifting norms in other areas, and so on can change what we are “allowed” to say, and what others consider a reasonable position worthy of debate.

Race is an obvious example. Fifty years ago it was OK to oppose interracial marriage or desegregation. In contemporary times, such thinking is excluded, to the far right, from accepted discourse. And on North Korea, Trump’s biggest contribution so far is moving the Overton window to the right.

That we are even having a protracted public debate over striking North Korea is a marker of Trump’s (and his administration’s) shifting of the terms of the debate. For the past decade, the discussion was between hawks and doves over how harshly to sanction North Korea (the right answer, by the way, is very much so). Now those moderate sanctions hawks are lining up with doves to hold the line against the ultras’ hugely risky flirtation with the “bloody nose”, or even war.

This debate will continue as long as Trump, with his penchant for belligerence and militarism, is president. Even if there is no strike on the North this year, it is more likely to happen than at any time during the past 25 years. Trump is resetting the terms of the debate.

Robert E Kelly
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science & Diplomacy
Pusan National University




Learn Korean Ep. 99: Korean Counters

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Keykat wants to eat pizza, so I guess I can let her choose the toppings for once. I mean, it's not like she's going to put anything weird on there. It should be something simple... I hope.

This week's lesson will teach you Korean counters, and connect together the two Korean number systems we learned in the last episodes - both Sino-Korean and Pure Korean numbers. Counters are useful for counting things, and we'll need to learn how to use numbers with counters (such as 개, 명, 마리, etc.) in order to count different things in Korean.

Remember that there are free extended PDFs available for every "Learn Korean" episode (at the bottom of this post), and each contains additional information or examples not covered in the video. You can move through them at your own pace, print them out and use them as a free workbook, or skim them for a quick review before or after watching a lesson.

Check out the episode here!

Click here to download a free PDF of this lesson!

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How to join a protest in Seoul

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If you really want to experience a country’s political culture, there’s nothing quite like joining a protest. Thankfully, Korea’s protests are generally pretty safe. Not to mention fun!

Protesters mill onto the green space in front of the Seoul City Hall which is under construction in the summer of 2011

The first protest that I saw was in the summer of 2011, during the dying days of the Lee Myung-bak government. It was my first time touring Seoul, and I went down to Gwanghwamoon for the usual touristy stuff – selfies with King Sejong and a palace tour. But the ancient plaza in front of the palace also doubles as a protest venue whenever citizens have something to complain about. Not being very good at the language at that time, I had no idea what the subject of protest was.

The first thing most people remark on is that Korean protests are very orderly. You will see protesters sitting in neat lines, perhaps with umbrellas for the rain or sun. The riot police are organised in equally neat lines. You can see that many of these are boys fulfilling their two-year national service – so it’s unlikely that they will be beating up anyone. However, the police do deploy lines of buses to cordon off important areas and control the crowd. There have also been incidents of fatal use of water cannons.

My second brush with ‘Korean democracy’ was in the winter of 2016/2017, after the Park Geun-hye scandal exploded. Braving temperatures of minus 10, a million citizens turned out to demand the President’s resignation every weekend for two months or so. The body heat generated by protesters was so massive that I wasn’t cold even if I took off my jacket!

The Park protests kind of became a weekly carnival, with recognisable songs that the crowd could dance to, and enterprising citizens selling everything from hotteok (sizzling snacks) to electric candles. The candle of course was the symbol of the anti-Park camp, and an icon of peaceful protest.

Joining these protests often began by taking the subway to Gwanghwamoon around 6pm and getting out near the Lotteria, where the crowd is thinner and you can also take away a burger to eat. We would then proceed to mill around the Kyobo building, Starbucks and statue of King Sejong to check out the atmosphere of the main crowd. Following the flow of traffic, we might end up marching towards the main gates of the palace, imagining ourselves in the footsteps of robed scholars petitioning the King for a royal edict. Finally, the most enthusiastic protesters would make a side trip past the art museum to the gates of the Blue House, where they would chant their slogans in front of the President’s residence (I doubt she was actually home). Reporters with big cameras would try to interview us or get a 5-second B-roll. Meanwhile, tired protesters would pack the nearby coffeeshops to the rafters. The entire event might take three hours.

I’m honoured to have witnessed this important event in Korean history. Whoever said that Seoul is boring?


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First Mac Haul from Lotte Department Store in Myeongnyun

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Buying international makeup in Korea is quite expensive, because you have to pay a lot of taxes. But again buying base makeup in Korea is a waste of money for brown girls like me, because they have very limited ranges of shade available in their beauty market, so almost every time you end up buying the wrong shade. I’ve tried a variety ranges of base makeup products of K-beauty, none of them ever was an exact match for my skin which is an olive-yellow combo. All I ever got was something close to my tone, I often had to use yellow food color or two to three foundations together to have that “closer” tone. Anyways, I was tired of going through this foundation shade dilemma and also realize that buying two to three foundations and the food colors always actually costing me nearly same the amount of buying international products with the tax and etc.

Not only international makeup is expensive in Korea but also not available everywhere. Only stores like Lotte department Store, Shinsegae etc. carries those international brands. The nearest one from me is the Lotte department store, which is three subway stops away from me, in Myeongnyun. Last month on one evening, I went there for specifically a Mac foundation and a compact powder.

I did a little research before going and the reason I chose Mac is because they have a quite variety of shades and comparing the price with Estee Lauder or Makeup Froever, they are cheaper.

Anyways, the foundation cost me nearly 48,000 won and the compact was for 47,000 won. With the purchase they offered me a free sample of Mac prep + prime natural radiance base lumiere primer. There was a nice guy at Mac outlet, who helped me a lot to choose my shade. MY husband was quite impressed and surprised to see how good the salesman is with the makeup! He was even more surprised because it is very rare for guys in my country to know or be familiar with makeup stuff. Also for my makeup lover readers, I want to mention that, the salesman’s was covered with makeup and was quite flawless!  I mean not the whole eyeshadow and eyeliner kinda makeup but more like a natural makeup with base makeup, shaped eyebrow and lipstick.

I totally love the consistency of the foundation, not so liquid not so creamy. But the foundation container doesn’t come with any pump, which is kinda painful when you are in hurry. I heard later that you have to buy the pump separately. I mean Mac is quite a big industry, it wouldn’t cost them much providing the container with the pump. The guy there chose nc42 shade for me for the foundation and medium tan for the compact. To be honest both of them were just the perfect shade for me, but the point to be noted that, if you do a little research you will find out that Mac base makeup products have a tendency to oxidize few hours after applying, which is making my makeup look “too natural”. I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to look extra and not so natural after spending hours in applying makeup. So, I kinda regret choosing nc 42, I should rather go with nc 40 or 37. Same with the compact, I would go rather lighter than medium tan next time. But, for now I can make it work with using light concealer but it’s kinda makes me late every time I’m in hurry.

Here’s some of my pictures using the both of them together, as you can see compare to my other makeup, the base look kinda pale. These pictures are edited and filtered otherwise you could’ve understand the difference better :

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Munira Chowdhury, 26/02/2018


Korea International Expat Film Festival (KIXFF) Oscars Party 2018 in Seoul

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You’re Invited! Join The Toronto Seoulcialite @ KIXFF’s Oscars Party


KIXFF stands for the Korea International Expat Film Festival which was established in 2015 by director, Kevin Lambert.  It’s mission is to bring films with an “expat-perspective” to Seoul.  It’s the only festival in the world to do so.  It became apparent to the creator of the fest that the experience of the expat, not just in Korea but of those living all over the world, is unique.  Films that come from this point of view deserve to be celebrated.


The KIXFF Oscar party is a fund-raiser in it’s essence.  KIXFF is a nonprofit organisation and therefore relies on donations for it to be able to operate.  The secondary goal of this party is to spread awareness about the film festival that will be taking place in September.  The festival will screen movies that have never been seen by a big audience in Seoul and the KIXFF wants people to come and enjoy them when the time comes.


People can expect live entertainment of the highest quality.  Well-renowned cellist, Lucia Won-Jung Kim (from Moment House Music) will be accompanied by Chang-hyeon Jung on piano.  Kim Hyman and Sean Levitas will sing and play ethereal folksie jams.  Hip-hop group Boomba entertainment and the incredibly talented Sang Don Park will be beat boxing the night away.  My favourite vegan whole food service, Sprout, is providing glamorous catered finger snacks.
Best of all?  There will be amazing goody bags from sponsors CLIO cosmetics, Seoneemall and Healience.  I’ve been assured there are no “samples” or pointless advertisement leaflets in these bags – only the good stuff!  They will also have prizes for best dressed and two games; fake acceptance speech contest and Oscar Predictions.  Readers can already sign up for the Fake Acceptance Speech Contest at registration.  House of Tease/Starlight Burlesque will lend glamour and extravagance to the event, too.  They will present awards and previews of the 2018 best picture nominees as a prelude to the REAL Oscars happening in Hollywood the very next day.  Guests get to feel their best when they walk down the red carpet and get their picture taken by everyone’s favorite photographer in HBC, Robert Micheal Evans.  KRW 25,000 is a bargain considering you’ll get a whole lot of goodies and have a great time supporting two great causes.


KIXFF would like to celebrate women in film specifically at this year’s Oscar party because, let’s face it, the time is now.  They got the idea from watching this year’s other award ceremonies’ fashion trends and saw that the Golden globes did “black” which is a very sensible dress-code choice.  After contemplation, they wondered if some women wouldn’t love to give their little red number a spin, or maybe their emerald green ball gown so we decided to use gold since it carries value in it’s vulnerability; just the way women do.  Wear whatever you want and just add a gold accessory.  For those who forget, they will have golden ribbons on hand to pin to dresses and lapels.  They will be using female only presenters from the House of Tease.  The event will be MC’d by Greta C Wink who will bring the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to Seoul!


This is the second year the Oscar party will take place.  This is the first one with KIXFF non-profit partner Emu Artspace in Gwanghwamun.  They are an art cinema with a book cafe/ art gallery experience and give KIXFF a home away from home.


  • WHEN: Saturday March 3rd, 2018 @ 7pm
  • WHERE: Emu ArtSpace, Gwanghwamun, Seoul 복합문화공간 에무 – Emu Artspace 종로구 경희궁1가길 7, Seoul, Korea 110-062 (Go to  for directions OR find the event on Facebook (The KIXFF Oscar Party 2018)
  • HOW: Buy a ticket and sign up for our Fake Acceptance Speech contest by messaging KIXFF on facebook or going to where you can find a Paypal link OR The KIXFF Oscar Party 2018 on Facebook
  • COST: 25 000 KRW Cash or Paypal or at the door

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ESLinsider's Advanced Online TEFL (A Course That You Will Actually Remember)

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ESLinsider's advanced online TEFL course is a multi-media course that's designed to make teaching English especially to kids in Asia more fun and easier!

How does it do that?

It takes you from where you are now and right into the classrooms in Asia to train you via a virtual online learning experience.

You'll learn by "watching" other teachers and by interacting with online content that is more fun and memorable.

This course uses a lot of video. Seeing something being done versus just reading about it is incredibly better for retention purposes.

And why do you want to take a course?

I hope that the main reason is to learn because if otherwise I think you are wasting your time.


Is your "Engrish" good enough to teach abroad?

Haha. What's the difference between "English" and "Engrish"? Here is an example from the advanced course's entrance exam.

Teaching and learning should be fun! 

engrish exam question

How will you know if you are lesson planning correctly? Feedback.

Lesson planning is the preparation that you do before you start teaching a class. If you don't know what you are doing then teaching can be tough. 

In the course you will learn how to lesson plan, but more importantly you will create lessons based on a pages from a student book like below and then get feedback on them so you can make them better.

The advanced course includes 4 assignments that include feedback. These are based off of student books like the pic below, however, if you are currently teaching you can send pics of your student books and we can work with those instead.

lp2 assignment

There are 18 levels (topics)

  • Introduction (30 teachers share their experiences on video in Asia)
  • "Engrish" entrance exam
  • Teaching methods (7 different methods of teaching explored)
  • The teacher as a public speaker (How to captivate your students)
  • Learning styles (Learning styles and if they are accurate)
  • Lesson planning (Learn 2 different preparation methods + easy planning)
  • Presenting language (Learn how to introduce language to your students)
  • Teaching reading
  • Teaching speaking
  • Teaching writing
  • Teaching listening
  • Teaching pronunciation & phonics (Learn pronunciation tips that can be applied to all levels)
  • Midterm 
  • Grammar
  • Using games & activities (for enhanced learning & engagement)
  • Teaching with songs (How to use music to teach)
  • Dealing with problems in the classroom (Solutions to common problems)
  • Classroom management (How to handle the most difficult students w/ little known tricks)
  • Classroom management tips
  • Writing your resume (Outshine the competition even without experience)
  • Finding jobs (Where to look, how to avoid scams and crappy employers)
  • Culture shock
  • Final exam
  • TEFL certification

It's a multi-media online TEFL course

Here is a sample of some of the content used in the course.

a video from the course

So for example, after you watch the video you will then answer the questions on the following page.

Interact with it

These questions can be Q&A, true or false, fill in the blank, etc.

A question in the course

It's fun!

This is a review game used in the course. quizgametefl

Videos, so you can learn by watching other teachers

This course uses a lot of video. Video is more memorable and these videos mimic being in the actual classroom. These videos were filmed in public and private schools primarily in South Korea.

If you are planning on teaching there or somewhere else in East Asia these videos will provide great context to the environment that you will be teaching in. Some of the videos include footage of adult classes, but most of the videos are of young learners aged from about 6-14 years old.


Above is a how-to video that follows the "PPP" method of lesson planning. It was shot in a kindergarten in Busan, Korea. This video breaks down the lesson into 5 parts and uses a lot of activities to keep the students interested, active and learning. People have short attention spans and children have even shorter ones!

Teaching young learners is the largest part of the market in Asia for teaching jobs. You can teach virtually all ages, yet most jobs are for teaching children. Most TEFL/TESOL courses focus more on teaching adults. Most of the content in this course can be applied to both adults and children, but there is more of a focus on teaching children.

Quality checks

You will need to maintain an 80% or higher through the course. If you don't then you will not be able to proceed to the next topic.

So that's a close look at what the courses are like. You can see the course outline for yourself after you register and log in.

"I took the course last winter and I loved it! I looked at over 30 different courses online and at local schools and I kept coming back to this course - and I'm very glad I did! This course was thorough and I felt very prepared as I completed the course. Impressive and not overpriced as so many out there are." - Sandra's review

Get totally prepared to teach English (especially to children) in Asia

Things You Probably Didn't Know About Teaching English In Asia, But Should Know

Korean vs. American Culture Differences | 한국문화와 미국문화의 차이

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Recently my Korean friend Jinyoung (who was last seen in my Korea arcade video) was traveling around the US for a big vacation. During her trip she stopped by Los Angeles for a week and we hung out together. While she was here, we went to several places, but before she left I took her to the local park to chat about some of the differences she felt between America and Korea.

Jinyoung's traveled from the east coast to the west coast and has also done some traveling in Korea, so I wanted her opinions on what she thought was better in Korea and America and which things she felt were different or unusual.

Then we also talked about her native Daegu dialect, where she's from, and she taught me a few phrases I can use. Check it out here~!

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