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We have received a lot of questions about teaching English in public schools. If we don’t speak Korean, how do we communicate with our students? What do we teach them? What do the classes look like?

We decided to start taping some of our classes to show everyone what they’re like. This video here is of Simon’s Middle School classes. Here you’ll see the students come into class, sit down, Simon instruct for a bit, and then the students play the game. Finally, a lot of your questions will have been answered!

Simon’s situation is a bit unique, though, so don’t assume that all classes are this way. For starters, Simon teaches half of his class one week, and the other half the other week, meaning, out of a class of 40, he teaches 20 while his co-teacher deals with the other 20 in another class. As well, some schools expect their teachers to be teaching for the entire class. Simon’s school – thankfully – believes that students should be given as much opportunity to speak in class. Less lecturing, more participation. And so, Simon usually explains the rules for some English speaking activity for the first few minutes of class and gives the remaining time for the students to partake in that activity. There’s more facilitation than dictation.

If you like the lesson, and want to teach it yourself, Preview the Handout or Presentation; Download for Mac or PC.

If you do decide to use it, please let us know how it works! Oh, and if you really liked this lesson, and it totally made your job and life easier, then – by all means – feel free to click this button here:





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  1. Thanks! Back when I did teach, it was all in the form of interactive games. I believe people learn more by being active and doing than by being passive and listening, especially when you're dealing with kids, who would rather not sit down and listen.

  2. Awesome! Thanks Christine! We use iWork for the Mac. It totally rocks!

  3. My only guess is that the Powerpoint requires QuickTime. Other than that, I have no clue. Sorry!

  4. When you download the PC version it comes in a zipped folder. Inside the folder are three files: two game sheets (one editable Word file and one non-editable PDF) and a Powerpoint. Which one of these are you having difficulty with?

  5. We don't mind at all! It's up here for people to use for free. Please let us know how it works in your open class :D

  6. Awesome! Please let us know how it works :D

  7. I've asked my teachers and they approved of it and said that there isn't an issue with videos like this. I hope they weren't lying!

  8. What's fifa? Never heard of it and I've been into Korean culture for a little bit now. Hmm. Maybe I've heard of it and didn't know it lol. The class room looks nice and updated technology wise. Are all the classrooms like that? What type of school is this? Public, private etc? On the lollipops you should give away Blowpops lol if they're in Korea that is. Good idea with how you did that lesson day. 100% lectures all day can get boring. I remember falling asleep a few times in U.S. History with a boring lecture class in a hot room right after lunch (and I wasn't the only one either lol) so it's fun to interact with your classmates. You're sorta resting your brain but not really.

  9. Cool! Thanks! No one ever called our site ace before. I'll take it as a compliment!

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