Helping Your Students Feel Comfortable Speaking English

Helping Your Students Feel Comfortable Speaking English   One of the biggest barriers we face as native English teachers in Korea is that it can be really hard to feel like you connect with the students in the same way that the other teacher do. Not only is there the obvious language barrier but also…

An Open Letter To My Students

An Open Letter To My Students (Because that's never been done before...)   To any of my students past or present, Should any of you ever find this by accident, hello! I hope life is treating you okay. I am writing this to you because there are some things that I want you to know.…

What Korean Middle School Students Are Worried About

What Korean Middle School Students Are Worried About (Or: What my kids wanted to tell me when they had 2 minutes of my undivided attention.)   I'm just about finished with all of the speaking tests for this semester and as always it's been the most fun I've had with my students so far this…

Ways to Get Connected While Living Abroad

When you're living in a country that's so homogeneous it's people took note when the foreign population jumped from 1% to 3% it's easy to feel like you're fighting a losing battle in terms of "fitting in" with the country and culture around you. In a bizarre turn of events, one of the hardest things…

Understanding Your Student’s English

Understanding Your Student's English   When you first get to Korea there will be a lot of things that you don't understand. Unfortunately some of those things will be what your students are saying, in English, in an attempt to talk to you. I always always try to at least pretend like I know what…