• http://middlekingdomlife.com/guide/teaching-english-in-china-to-young-students-part-iii.htm - really useful for classroom techniques, def use this
  • www.onestopenglish.com
  • www.bogglesworldesl.com
  • eslpartyland
  • http://iteslj.org/
  • http://www.linguistic-funland.com/
  • The government regulates the media so I gave them a rare taste of “real” American culture, for better or for worse. One day, I showed my students a music video that featured break-dancing. Immediately, their eyes were glued to the computer screen. I got a lot of giggling, some “Woahs!” and one kid, already fluent in slang, shouted “That’s dope!” (“Dope,” in case you’re wondering, means “awesome.”) Kids of all ages find just about anything American, from Disney movies to gangster rap, entertaining. As a teacher, you can use their curiosity to spark class discussion. Build your lessons around a pop culture topic. I used the video game Super Mario to teach my students action verbs, “What is Mario doing? He is jumping! Now he’s flying!” Contrary to my belief, Chinese students, like all kids, will talk enthusiastically if they enjoy the lesson. Soon I formed lasting friendships with my students and still keep in touch with them today.
  • The cultural attitude toward teachers in Korea is one of respect, and students will oftentimes bow to teachers in the hallway. If you find yourself having to pull teeth in a classroom to get students to speak, try a different method. I used group activities in which students could participate non-verbally, and where verbal participation was gradually built up through 1-word answers before becoming complete phrases. The better my teaching experiences went, the less frustration I felt.
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