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A Guide To Making The Best ESL Lessons For Teaching English In Korea

By Simon Stawski

Two years ago, I left Canada with my wife to start teaching English in Korea. In my two years as a teacher, I have learned many tricks and tactics in the classroom. There is one that is especially helpful that I advocate to everyone I meet. Hopefully, you can find it useful as well.

1) Quite simply, you need to find a way to relate to your students. This is more than just being interesting to your students. Your first couple of months or so in Korea will feel great, because your students will be amazed by you and how you look and how different you are from their other teachers. After a while, though, that novelty fades, and with that, so will your students’ interest. As a result, you need to find a way to keep your students awake, to keep them interested in your classes, and to bridge that cultural and language barrier between you.

2) The easiest way to bridge the gap between you and your students is to incorporate things they are interested in into your lessons. You will surely have boring sentences to teach such as “Mike and his brother go to school.” Instead, find a way to switch the questions up a bit and use cultural references they can relate to. Korean Pop culture is an easy source of information. So don’t write “Mike and his brother go to school.” Instead, write “Top and his band mates go to a concert.”

3) By using Korean pop icons instead of Mike and his brother, you will find that your students will have a much higher success rate. After all, “Mike” isn’t a very popular name in Korea. I’ve taught over 2,000 students now, and have never met anyone named Mike, and I can confidently bet against a student knowing anyone named Mike either. As a result, by using a name such as “Mike,” your students might not know if it is a boy’s name or a girl’s name, and so the question is very alienating to your students, on top of it being boring.

By including kpop references in your lessons, you don’t have to worry about the issues of alienating or boring your students. They will be able to talk about people they are interested in, and they will be doing so in English, which is what you’re trying to do, after all, when you’re teaching English in Korea!

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