Entries by Clare L.

The Hidden Reasons Why Japanese Can’t Speak English

If you’ve taught English in Japanese public schools, you already know the obvious reason why Japanese students can’t speak English: They don’t actually practice speaking! But there is another hidden reason why Japanese people struggle to speak English, and this reason prevents them from learning to speak even when they use methods that are designed […]

TESOL South Korea: Teaching English in Elementary Schools

Teaching English to elementary-aged children shares a lot of commonalities with teaching Kindergarten: it’s fun, it’s exhausting, and, more often than not, you’ll need to improvise a little…or a lot. My experience as a teacher in South Korea focused heavily on teaching students of this age, and I’ve lived to tell the tale, if that […]

Teaching Pronunciation in Multilingual Classes

Teaching English immersion courses in Canada provides a great opportunity to learn how to teach English to people from all over the world. Most of my students are from South Korea, Japan, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Turkey, or Saudi Arabia, so there is a wide spectrum of accents to work with during a pronunciation class. This […]

Why ESL Teachers Need to Learn New Languages Too

Many people ask us if you need to know the foreign language to teach abroad. The answer is no, because those who use the Communicative Approach to teach English using English only. Speaking your students’ foreign language is not necessary to do you teaching job, but it is very valuable for your experience in the […]