Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cultural Understanding Readings


Working on Common Cross-cultural Communication Challenges

Cross Cultural Communication

Culture - The Fifth Language Skill

Teaching Culture in Adult ESL: Pedagogical and Ethical Considerations

Should culture be an overt component of EFL instruction outside of English speaking countries?

Successful Classroom Discussions with Adult Korean ESL/EFL Learner

Cross-Cultural Communication Strategies

Open Content Journals

Journal of Intercultural Communication

Cross-cultural Communication

Styles of Communication

Non-verbal Communication Links
List of Gestures (wikipedia)
Expat Bloggers in Korea

Recent Blog Posts

List of Blogs

Monday, July 23, 2012

Practicum - Teacher Tips (part 2)


Handshake Q & A

Sign Language

Positive Discipline

Quieting the Class

Using a Fishbowl

Discussion Questions

  • How much do you emphasize an ‘essential question’ for each lesson?
  • How do you get students motivated about the lesson?
  • What percentage of class time do you ‘lecture’?  What percentage do you have student engage in activities?  What is optimal?
  • How do you encourage students to take useful notes and/or use graphic organizers for learning retention?
  • What are the ‘non-negotiables’ in your school and/or class?

From:  Teaching Tips: Leading Classroom Discussions

  • In what ways are you an entertainer?
  • How do you (can you) attempt to keep the students’ attention?

From: Handshake Q & A
  • How do you (can you) connect with the students?
  • How do you reinforce previous learning?

From: Quieting the Class
  • How do you quiet the classroom?

From: Fishbowl
  • How do you encourage metalearning in the classroom?

Sign Language/Gestures
  • What gestures do you use in your class?
  • How do you stay focused on your teaching tasks and avoid distractions?


  • What systems of behavior management/discipline do you use in your school and class?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Teaching Tips

Colin Granger - Starting with a Bang,  Getting students to speak, and the importance of note-taking
Mo Shapiro on Speaking Speed, Clarity of Instructions
Mo Shapiro on Movement and Voice Projection

Discussion Questions

Space Management & Teacher Movement
How do you manage your environment, personal movement, and voice  projection?
How would you describe your teaching style?

What strategies might you use in order to keep student attention and give clear instructions?
How do you balance the use of English & Korean?  (personally and/or with foreign co-teachers)
How do you make use of gestures and signals?
How do you think native English speakers can be used most effectively in classes?

Graphic Organizers

Graphic organizers are visual representations of knowledge, concepts or ideas. Potential Benefits include:
  • relieving learner boredom
  • providing motivation
  • clarifying information
  • assisting in organizing thoughts
  • promoting understanding
  • enhancing recall

Graphic Organizer Resources

Mind Mappers (make your own graphic organizers)
A Graphic Organizer about Graphic Organizers
DescribingComparing ContrastingClassifyingSequencingCausalDecision Making

Brainstorming Web

Money Web
Double Cell DiagramHierarchy Diagram

Research Cycle Cluster Diagram

Desktop Folder System
Squirrels Web

Concept Mapping
Concept MapSimile - School is..


Venn Expanded

Comparison Matrix
KWHLThinking grids

Flow Chart
Desktop Folder SystemLinear String

Expanded Linear String

Dominoe Effect

3 Way Venn Diagram

Character Traits

Compare and Contrast

Vocabulary Map 1
Vocabulary Map 2

Vocabulary Organizer

Classification Organizer

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Practicum - Teacher Qualities, Motivation, & Tweaks

Qualities of a Good Teacher


Qualities of a Good Teacher Video by U2bianSynic

25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently

Discussion Questions
  • Who was your favorite teacher? Why? Who was your least favorite? Why?
  • How do you think your students will remember you?
  • What do you like about teaching? (besides vacation time)
  • What have been the highlights (and lowlights) of your teaching career?
  • What are the qualities of a good teacher?
  • What qualities make YOU a good teacher?
  • What are your greatest strengths & weaknesses as a teacher? 

Motivation/Avoiding Burnout

Intrinsic motivation refers to motivation that comes from inside an individual rather than from any external or outside rewards, such as money or grades. The motivation comes from the pleasure one gets from the task itself or from the sense of satisfaction in completing or even working on a task.
The Candle Problem

Daniel Pink, author of Drive, on the power of intrinsic motivation        
Adam Grant on the Staying Motivated as a Teacher 
 Discussion Questions
  • How much of your activity as a teacher is guided by intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation?
  • How much of your students’ activities are guided by intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation?
  • How has your passion for teaching changed over the years?
  • How do you try to maintain your passion aor teaching?
  • What are the biggest obstacles to staying motivated and passionate as a teacher?
  • How might you overcome these obstacles?
  • Is it important to you that you continue to improve as a teacher? If so, how do you do it?
  • What factors determine whether you have a ‘good day’ at work or a ‘bad day’?
  • What can you do inside and outside of the classroom to avoid ‘teacher burnout’?
  • What advice would you give to beginning teachers about how to avoid burnout and have an enjoyable career as a teacher?