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Running Out of Teaching Ideas? Here are 400 Free English Lessons.

Free English Lessons for ESL Teachers

Stocking up on fresh ideas and lessons can be a tall order.

I remember when I first started teaching. My school hadn’t prepared any curriculum for me, so I was forced to draft my own. I would spend a few hours every morning scouring the internet for awesome ideas, distill them into a single file, and use that for a day or two. After a few months, I exhausted those online resources, and had to venture into Seoul’s bookstores for great English textbooks. Even then, I never found any material that really satisfied my or my students’ goals.


Hal and Steve English


I tried all of the trusted and true texts, from “Let’s Speak” to “Open to Debate”. Each of these sources had unique and useful exercises, but nothing that ever felt like a fully fleshed out curriculum that I could instruct for months on end.

Since I’ve first arrived, I’ve moved on from middle school students into the adult teaching realm. I’ve enjoyed the transition, but the problems remain the same. Where can I find an engaging, dynamic curriculum?


Running Out of Teaching Ideas? Here are 400 Free English Lessons.


I couldn’t. So my partner Hal and I decided to create our own. We run a few adult English conversation schools in the Gyeonggi-Do area. With about 10 years experience between us, we figured that we could compile interesting lessons for our students.

I guess it’s worked out well. We’ve created over 400 lessons, spread over 4 different levels of English conversation. We focus explicitly on conversation. Korean students have already intensely studied grammar for years. By the time they’ve entered your class, whether they’re in grade school or adults, they understand the basics of English structure. They need to practice speaking. And I don’t mean listen and repeat. I mean actual conversation.

I invite you to check out our material. It’s all free right now, so you don’t have to pay for anything. Let me know what you think. I’m always available to answer questions, heed advice, or just plain ol’ chat if you need me. Shoot me a message at Steve@HalAndSteveEnglish.com

Here’s a sample lessons in case you want to peruse…

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New 5-Digit Postal Code System for South Korea

New 5-Digit Postal Code System for South Korea

On August 1, 2015, The Korea Postal code system changed from a 6-digit postal code system to a 5-digit postal code system. This means you should use the new 5-digit postal code instead of the old 6-digit code when you send your visa documents to South Korea.

Some courier service may still use the old 6-digit postal code system and demand you the old one when you try to send your documents. We have been told that the courier service say that the postal codes our visa processing staff sent were wrong. Our visa staff tried to explain the new changes but it has not been so successful as the system they use returns an error for the 5-digit postal code as wrong or a missing digit.

Currently, it’s verified that Fedex upgraded their system to accept the new Korean postal code(March 2016).

Why the Change is Necessary?

While most local Koreans are highly doubt the change is necessary, this change is based on the Article 19(3) of the Road Name Address Act. The State Basic District number is given to each State Basic District.

Article 19(3) states:

[Article 19(3) of the Road Name Address Act] District numbers publicly notified pursuant to Article 18(3) shall constitute basic units of various districts publicized for the general public under other Acts, such as statistical districts, postal districts, and jurisdictions, unless particular reasons exist to the contrary.

Each State Basic District code is used as the basic unit of various districts controlled by public authorities for the purposes including statistics, firefighting, public order, mail service and so on. So the Korean Government believes that the new system will provide more effective service in various areas in many ways.

How It is Reformed?

Simply put, 6-digit to 5-digit. It appears to be simpler dropping one digit. Actually, it has more than what it appears. The announcement says, “the 5-digit district number assigned based on the geographic features (roads, rivers, railroads, etc.) and assigned to each State Basic District will replace the existing 6-digit postal code created based on the administrative units (Eup, Myeon and Dong) and districts assigned to each postman.”

For example, digits 01~09 are assigned for Seoul-si. As Jongro-gu uses 03, the new 5-digit postal code for the area starts with 030~032. The last two digits are serial number which is designated to each postman who actually delivers mail to each house.

Image from the Korea Post Announcement


It is not necessary to understand the new system thoroughly for native teachers even to Koreans unless they are working for the Post Office. So I will not go further. But the following is useful links you might be interested.


Busan U1 Post Office by hyolee2


Useful Links

Link to the official notice of postal code reform into the state basic district system by Korea Post:


Postal Code Finder:



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