It’s always a mistake when I get cocky and write in pen in my lesson plan book. Although it’s gotten a little easier over the years, pacing a lesson is one of the most challenging things for teachers. You have unexpected delays, events, differing abilities among students and difficulty in the material taught.
In November of 2015 the Foreign Language Department of Anqing Teachers University invited me to present a lecture to primary and middle school English teachers. These teachers were participating in a National Teacher Training Program. Having enjoyed participating in this program for several years, I immediately agreed. This year I was in for a real treat.
Ever since I moved to South Korea in 2009 to teach English, I usually get a handful of inquiries every year from new teachers wanting to talk about moving overseas to teach. It’s fun for me—I love re-living my international adventure with prospective ESL teachers, and getting excited vicariously.
Will our isolation increase through the infinite freedom of information and ubiquity of the Internet? Longer summers and lesser days / school year are the remains of the US agrarian economy, when planting picking and harvesting took place in a greater number of homesteads than today. US schools continue to have fewer days... and if well charted and scheduled, this freedom fosters creativity.
You, the ascetic, went all that way for a change of scene, perhaps to the desert, perhaps to the hinterlands covered in snow, perhaps amidst a people whose language seemed obscure, strange, but alluring. Enchanté? Oui.
These are 10 conversation starters that I use in my own classes and which will help you get your students talking. They work well for a “warm-up” at the beginning of a conversation or speaking class if you don’t want to launch right away into serious teaching.
Living in China can be difficult because you will be dealing with language barriers, cultural shock and to top it of all, everyone in the country uses a different set of social media websites and apps. So I am going to introduce some basic websites and apps so that you don’t feel like living in a black hole where you couldn’t connect with friends and families.