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A Teacher’s Invisible Knowledge and Skill

Let me start with a question. Which of the girls above speaks the most fluent English? Can you put them in order from best to worst fluency? Now that you’ve done that – note that these are the “Wondergirls”, a Korean girlband phenom. They are being interviewed in America. Watch the first 50 seconds and […]

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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Teacher

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I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time – years actually. Finally, here in the airport with time to kill and waiting for my flight “home” to Canada, I have the time and motivation. Teaching English as a “profession” and living in multiple foreign countries has so many advantages. We hear about […]

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Getting to know about where you teach

English language teachers travel and like strangers in a strange land, try to learn about their new “home”. It is important to learn about the culture and history of the people you’ll teach. Language is about and in turn, wrapped up with culture and identity. I’ve lived now 5 years in Korea and will be […]

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What about your summer vacation?

It is summer holiday for many of us teachers. I’d love to find out more about what other teachers are doing this summer holiday. Blog about it or throw up a few comments here! I was inspired to write this by Anton’s amazing post and pictures about his summer rafting trip on EFL Classroom 2.0 […]

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Traditional Songs for teaching/learning

I really believe in using the students’ own cultural knowledge and “aspect” when teaching English. I’ve elaborated on this notion of CSC (Culturally Specific Content) on a number of occasions. There can be no more powerful cultural component than traditional song and music. Arirang is the most famous Korean traditional song. It has countless variations […]

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Culturally Specific Music for learning English

Too often me thinks, too often we unintentionally push our cultural view onto those learning English. No more subtle way than music and film. We use so many “western” songs in our teaching that we almost become immune from even a thought of all the fine music by second language singers in English out there. […]

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Culturally Specific Content

I recently gave a lecture titled, “Korean Content for Korean Students”, highlighting my contention that given the new educational environment (a global village, a wired world), we need to use more local and culturally specific content in our teaching/lessons.  I focused on Korea but the ideas are applicable to whatever the foreign context, wherever you […]

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KOTESOL – Time for Change. Vote!

If you are teaching in Korea, you might know about KOTESOL – the Korean branch of TESOL. I’ve been giving presentations through them at all levels for a number of years but keep a fairly distant relationship. Just teacher training / workshops. (you can see my Teacher Training page with them here). Kotesol and its […]

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CSC – Teaching English through the student’s own culture.

I am of late, a very big fan of culturally specific content. What I mean is English teaching material that uses the student’s own culture and environment as the backdrop and “content”. I live and teach in Korea right now, so I have been using a lot of Korean subjects and Korean culture by which […]

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Teaching English in Korea – an interview

As many here know, I’m a teacher in Korea. I constantly get asked questions about teaching here — about visas, cost of living, requirements, job conditions etc…. Always happy to reply to the best of my ability. John at JetsetCitizen just published an interview with me covering much of this. If you are wondering about […]

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“Hanguel” – Korea to the rescue!

I’ve written previously on the important subject of Language Death. Every few weeks, the last speaker of a world language dies and with it, the whole inheritance/consciousness of a world’s people. We are so much less without that language — Wade Davis, a Nat. Geographic ethnographer and ethnopharmacologist passionately outlines why we should “care” and […]

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Natasha’s Story and the story of other “adoptees”

See the FULL SCREEN version and more TED videos on our TED Talk feed page. Living as an EFL teacher rogue, roustabout, expat and “outsider” — one often gets to see the world in special ways. It is a tremendous opportunity to grow as an individual and to really see humanity for what it is. […]

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The Power of Story…

Whatever the subject, I believe that stories should play a vital role. We are hardwired to learn through stories and more importantly to “embed” within our subconscious mind, the lessons and learning of life, by way of story. Wisdom is a story. I have used stories in the EFL classroom and especially funny stories (there […]

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