Once in a blue moon (or more) you may be tasked to teach the same group of ESL learners all day. It might not happen very often, but it does happen. For example, I taught a daily six-hour program at the Samsung Corporation in South Korea for three years. The class members enrolled for a […]

  The students at my school struggle to pay attention and to maintain interest when learning English. They avoid speaking in English, especially with their classmates, because they lack confidence. This reduces interaction and thus, they do not communicate well in English in the outside world. In this article, I present a lesson where I […]

The students I teach in my primary school do not show much interest in learning English nor are they motivated to engage in English speaking activities. They are rather shy  and get bored easily. They even start communicating in Cantonese when they don’t feel like being part of the lesson. This is one of the […]