Teaching English in South Korea

Teaching English in South Korea is an amazing experience. There is definitely a reason why thousands of university graduates flock to teach English in South Korea year after year. Korea has become one of the number one destinations for being … Read the rest

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Motivating ESL students to speak out

Teacher Joe’s Principle 1: Positive Reinforcement

As a teacher, you should focus on your students successful attempts to use English. At first, reward ANY success however small. If students speak out loudly and clearly, but make a mistake, praise them … Read the rest

The other side of the coin

Here’s a nice, long, Halloween horror story for teachers, directors, and schools. I won’t divulge a full name because it would be professionally and morally unconscionable for me to sabotage any person’s potential for future repentance, which is ironic, for … Read the rest

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Schools in Hungary

Children in Hungary start school at the age of six and everybody must go to school until the age of sixteen. The first type of school is primary school, where children may stay until they are fourteen, that is for … Read the rest

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Teaching in China

National week in China is a big deal. We have a week off from teaching and I was invited to join a group of teachers for a trip to Chengde. The bus trip there took about 15 hours. We left … Read the rest

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Living and working in Taiwan

A patchwork of lights shimmered along the night sky’s horizon. I looked out over the wing of the China Airlines 747 down at the Taiwan’s approaching radiance. I was excited, and I tried to discern signs of what lay ahead … Read the rest

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Living and teaching in Moscow

I’ve been living in Moscow since August 2003 and I thought I’d write about my experience in case you’re thinking of coming here to teach at some time in the future.

To begin with, I’m pleased to say that my … Read the rest

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Teaching English in Peace Corps

“I always wanted to do that,” is the response Peace Corps Volunteers most often hear when they tell someone about their Peace Corps experiences. People often say this with a sigh, and a hint of remorse as if they had … Read the rest