Korean kids posing for the camera

Korean Kids

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A small glimpse into a Korean ESL classroom… remarkably similar to their Chinese counterparts! Originally posted on 50(+) First Dates: They say that kids say the darndest things. This is especially true when English is their second language. Here’s a compilation of the gems my students said whilst I was teaching elementary students in South […]

'Oops' written on a whiteboard

Ten Common Mistakes ESL Teachers Make in the Classroom (And How to Fix Them)

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Really great summation of teaching ESL! Originally posted on So, You Think You Can Teach ESL?: Nobody is perfect. That’s the truth. It’s the same for doctors, lawyers, parents, students, and teachers. Nobody likes making mistakes. Big or small, mistakes can kill self-esteem, loom over our heads like some grim reaper created out of our […]

Santa Claus looking into the camera

Santa’s Missing Letters

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“Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to know how to write you a letter…”   Unfortunately, this is the reality for many young children across Britain and possibly other developed countries according to The Sunday Times’ news article ‘Sacks of trouble for St Nick’s Codebreakers’.   Missing skills Children are lacking the capability […]

A classic painting of the first Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving in China

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Katie teaches with the American High School Program in Jinan. She wrote this post for us on her Thanksgiving lesson and cooking in China. Teaching English in China is an incredible experience. The students are dedicated, hard working and driven to absorb new knowledge. There is more time to develop meaningful lessons and reflect upon […]

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10 Life Lessons I’ve Learned While Teaching Abroad

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We loved this veteran teacher’s reflections on living and teaching English abroad. Originally posted on Nomad Notions: This article was originally published by Jenna Longoria on the Thought Catalog. As a traveling teacher, I have spent the past 4 years of my life growing physically, mentally, and spiritually. I am constantly learning, and being tested […]

Mentorship Sets Sail

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Two weeks ago, I was having lunch with my fellow foreign teacher, Carl. I was commenting on how well our Seniors and Juniors were doing at some rather challenging writing. I wondered how our Sophomores were ever going to catch up to that level. “We should have a mentor program,” said Carl. “I tried to start one two […]