Lesson Planning Tips For New Native Teachers

Welcome back! While most native teachers slated to start in April have postponed their travel until August, a few have migrated from other positions within Korea to begin their public school journeys. We've all been new ESL teachers at one point.  Moving abroad, flying thousands of miles, settling into a new community, and adapting to … Continue reading Lesson Planning Tips For New Native Teachers

You Never Forget Your First Farewell

As the world descends into physical distancing, handwashing, panic, and pandemic, mid-February feels like several lifetimes ago. And yet the end of my first six-month teacher-training program etched memories on my mind that will last a lifetime. I still remember the aching awkwardness as I started work at the Institute.  The previous class of 16 … Continue reading You Never Forget Your First Farewell

Teacher Training Reflections – First Program (Part One)

https://youtu.be/j-gOJRndXZg As we cross over into February, my first 6-month program as a teacher-trainer is drawing to a close. I feel like it was yesterday that I showed up at JIEI as a fresh teacher-trainer scared out my mind with little dribbles of pee running down my leg as I stepped in front of my … Continue reading Teacher Training Reflections – First Program (Part One)

How To Use Looper For YouTube To Select Listening Clips For Class

As a listening and speaking instructor, I often mention the value of authentic listening materials. “Students find it motivating to discover that they can extract information from an ungraded passage” (Field, 1998). I feel the same sense of accomplishment when I can read full sentences of Korean webtoons without using a translator.  It doesn't happen … Continue reading How To Use Looper For YouTube To Select Listening Clips For Class

Teaching Reflectively – Interview With Ashley Yu

Ashley Yu earned his Master's of Education from Keiser University.  He has lived in Korea for five years, teaching at eight schools in Hampyeong County.  For the past two years, he's worked as a native instructor at JIEI, specializing in reading and writing skills and methodology. Ashley, it's great to speak with you today. AY:  … Continue reading Teaching Reflectively – Interview With Ashley Yu

Living At Work

While journeying through the boundless literature of countless prescriptions for a happy and fulfilling life, most preach the value of a healthy work-life balance. My current position makes that difficult at times.  Between lesson preparation, classes, workshops, and supplementary activities, JIEI invites ample grind time.  The demands of this job made living near work a … Continue reading Living At Work

Downtime In The Dead of December

If you're reading this now, I'm already dead. Just kidding. Fate willing. But if you're reading this, Christmas is right around the corner and I'm back in the classroom.  Session 2 has begun and the trainees and I are discussing and demonstrating activities and techniques in listening and speaking methodology. It also means I survived … Continue reading Downtime In The Dead of December