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Communicative Approach TESOL: Teaching Culture – Part I

Teaching culture is an integral part of teaching a language.  They are intricately woven together.  In order to communicate clearly and effectively in any language, learners must have knowledge of the language’s vocabulary, grammar, when and how to use them appropriately (function), and the corresponding body language.  Students also need to be able to read and make accurate assumptions about the other person’s meaning by evaluating his/her verbal and non-verbal cues.  When one is gauging the appropriateness of language and behaviour, culture must be considered.  It would be impossible to explain, for example, how to talk to a potential employer without talking about both the language and its culture.

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TESOL Icebreaker: Handshakes

Icebreaker ESL ActivityThere are many excellent icebreaker activities and game ideas for those first class meetings.  Sometimes, though, a simple handshake can be a very good way to quickly build rapport and capture the interest of your students from the very first class.

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Is South Korea a Developed Country?

South Korea has one of the most stable economies in the world and is home to some of the biggest corporations, such as Samsung and Hyundai.

Cities host a variety of beautiful ancient buildings and gates as well as some of the most modern buildings. South Korea is also home to some of the most beautiful national parks in the world  and the government has been very active at renovating urban centres by filling empty spaces with greenery.

Their success is based on a mixed economy where businesses take care of production and government invests in essential services such as Eco-projects and education. One of these government-funded programs is EPIK, which hires 1,100 ESL teachers every semester and pays one of the most competitive packages in all of East Asia. ESL teachers take home approximately $2,000/month and the package also includes accommodation, health insurance, bonuses, and more. A 100-hour online TESOL certificate automatically qualifies teachers for a higher pay level, starting at 2.0 million won per month in some areas and 2.1 million in other.

Ontesol is now helping with the application for Spring 2012. Request your application via email or through the inquiry form.