Cultural Activities to Engage Young Learners In South Korea

While teaching abroad, you may notice that your foreign identity becomes a large part of your teaching identity, especially toTeach cultural activities in English to young learners 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. 

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Using the Communicative Approach to Teach Vocabulary

In this article, I demonstrate how I teach advanced learners how to develop richer and more expansive vocabulary. This article demonstrates perfectly how to use the communicative approach to teach vocabulary in a way that is both meaningful for the teacher and student.

About the Author: Melissa is a graduate of OnTESOL’s 120-hour Advanced TESOL Certificate course. She recently returned from teaching English in Japan. She runs her own private teaching business where she teaches English to Korean students in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Read more

Creative Back-Up ESL Games

        No prep Games for TESOL Teachers If there’s one thing to be learned in teaching, it is that no matter how thoroughly you plan, the unexpected will always occur. In addition, it could be that the homeroom teacher asks for a last-minute lesson extension. Perhaps your boss forgot to mention the 8:00am kindergarten class.  It could be that your planned lesson took half the time you expected. You could’ve just forgotten your flashcards on your desk. Stressful as this is, it’s much less so if you have a few games in your back pocket to pull out at a moment’s notice – no prep required.

About the author:Rosemary Hanson is a teacher specializing in English and early education, and a graduate from OnTESOL’s 250-hour program. She now teaches English to elementary students in Nagoya, Japan

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TESOL Review: How to Make Money Teaching English Online with Qkids!

Teach English to Young Learners Online with QkidsI am a stay-at-home Mom and I make around $1,500 a month with a part-time schedule teaching online with QKids. Join us at QKids, a fun interactive program where you can teach English online to Chinese students aged 5 – 12.

About the author: Jaclyn Roche is a Full-time Mom, Writer, and teaches English Part-time online Teacher with QKids. Read more

Writing a Short Book is a Fun TEYL Writing Skills Activity!

  Writing Skills activity for English teachers Writing a short book is a great way for students – especially young students – to use their written language in a meaningful and creative way. This is an activity that lends itself to mixed-level classes. In addition, if these books are kept, displayed, and referred to, they also offer a method of passive review – either as a class or by individual students. Finally, in teaching a book lesson, it is important to read a completed book to the class before starting the activity, so that students can see the goal and understand the target of the story. Here are some examples of simple books that can be made by young ESL/EFL learners:

About the author: Rosemary Hanson is a graduate of OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL Diploma and 20-hour TEYL specialist course. 

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Teaching Pronunciation Drills to Korean Students

Learn to teach English pronunciation to South Korean ESL studentsBesides speaking, the next thing my Korean students struggle with is their pronunciation. Pronunciation is challenging to learn because adult learners have already developed their own oral musculature patterns. 

This blog is perfect for English teachers in South Korea and ESL teachers in Canada who are teaching newcomers or international students.

About the Author:  Melissa is a 120-hour TESOL graduate who spent one year in Japan before continuing her teaching career in Toronto, where she teaches English to South Koreans. 

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Teaching English Conversation Skills: Passing the Ball Activity

Teaching English Conversation lessons in Toronto I teach English immersion lessons in Toronto, and the number one request I receive from my students is to include more speaking practice into my lessons, as the majority of my students have difficulties conversing with native speakers.

When I tell my students that a conversation is like a simple activity of passing the ball, the thought of conversing in English becomes much easier. When someone speaks, they are passing a ballto the person they are having a dialogue with. So when its their turn to reply, they are passing the ball back” and they relate their own experience with what they understood from their partner. Then its their partners turn to do the same, and the activity continues.

This activity encourages full participation in the conversation. If students really challenge themselves, they eventually lead the conversation.

About the Author: Melissa Alvia is an experienced ESL and public school teacher, who completed OnTESOL’s 120-hour TESOL course. All combined, Melissa has 7 years of TESOL experience in Canada and abroad. 

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Teaching Basic (Persuasive) Essay Writing to Korean Students

Teaching Essay Writing Skillls to South KoreansFor many Korean students, essay writing is a daunting task that requires attention to details and understanding of essay structure. 

Essays can be broken down into the following structure:  Introduction, Body, and Conclusion. Simply explaining this foundation, however,  doesnt make the writing process any easier.  It is important to break down each and every component for students to realize that an essay practically writes itself.

About the author: Melissa Alvia is a graduate from the 120-Hour Advanced Certificate Course.  She  has been teaching English for 7 years. Melissa spent one year in Japan as a public school teacher, and she currently teaches English to Korean students in Toronto, Canada

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Using Songs to Teach English to Young Learners

Using Songs to Teach English to Young LearnersSongs are a great way to use Authentic Material in the ESL classroom! Teaching English with songs is exciting for young learners because songs are often engaging and fun.

Below you will find 3 reasons to teach English with songs. This blog includes a video sample of a teacher from China who uses songs in her classroom. You will also find a sample lesson plan at the end of this blog!

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The ESL Classroom as an Interdisciplinary Space

Teaching English and other subjects There is a long tradition of the ESL and EFL classroom as a space of cultural instruction. In fact, given the overlapping nature of language and culture, this is almost inevitable. And yet, this interdisciplinary approach need not end with culture alone. There are many ways in which the English classroom can include and in fact exploit a variety of subjects and skills – especially for young students.

Already in young learner contexts, it is common to find elements of music, dance, art, and physical education built into activities, but this incorporation can be expanded into the hard sciences, and even into the higher grades. By conscientiously pairing age and level with the interdisciplinary topics that are appropriate, a teacher can add variety and richness to their classes. Not only that, but this inclusion can help set students up for success outside of the English classroom.

I have included two examples of this, but this integration is limited only by imagination:

About the author: Rosemary Hanson completed the 250-hour TESOL Diploma and the 20-hour TEYL specialist with OnTESOL.

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