While teaching abroad, you may notice that your foreign identity becomes a large part of your teaching identity, especially to your students. This part of teaching abroad is mostly unavoidable, but it can be really helpful in the classroom. Younger students, in particular, will likely have little experience communicating with a native English speaker. In addition, they might be curious about your life and home country. Introducing cultural activities enriches your lessons, engages young learners and easily encourages your students to get to know you more.
About the author: Kyle Dore graduated from OnTESOL’s 120-hour Advanced TESOL course. He taught English in South Korea to young learners for over 4 years. He currently teaches English in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.