The Perils of Optimal

In the self-help community, the word “optimal” surfaces as a staple buzzword - especially in the introduction to the Tim Ferriss Show. YouTube videos all contain titles that suggest optimal performance tips. “The optimal way to lose weight.” “The optimal way to grow huge muscles.” “The optimal way to study.” “The optimal way to teach.” … Continue reading The Perils of Optimal

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