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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

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

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Application via Mail Service

Application via Mail Service


The Ministry of Justice and The Korea Immigration Service announced ‘Application via Mail Service’. The subject is fascinating itself but the contents might be not as it’s only limited to those who reside in the island areas in South Korea. It is most unlikely our valuable teachers are placed in one of the island areas in South Korea. Most of them are being placed in urban cities through TJ Recruiting. Still we thought that it is a great idea to share it with you.


Seoul Immigration Office in Mokdong


The service covers all foreign residents applications except for alien registration which means for the ARC, you still have to drop by the Immigration Office nearby. It’s majorly for the fingerprints done which is now mandatory for all foreign residents since July 4th, 2011. Most of the information is from the immigration office.

Here is the details about ‘Application via Mail Service’.

What is the “Application via Mail Service?

It is a service that allows foreign residents in the island area to apply at the nearby post office and receive the result by mail

What is  the purpose of the Service?

The Service was designed to eliminate inconvenience caused to foreign residents in the island area when they visit a farway immigration office and spend the whole day for application.

What applications can you file through the Service?

All applications for foreign residents except for alien registration

How the Service works?

  1. Prepare your passport, ARC(Alien Registration Card), fees and other supporting documents
  2. Visit nearby post office
  3. Send the application via registered mail
  4. The result of the application will be sent back to you by mail



Immigration Office Announcement


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The 23th Daegwallyeong Snow Festival

A Winter Trip to a World of Snow:

Daegwallyeong Snow Festival in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do


“When snow falls, all turn shining silver and silence spreads across the city of Pyeongchang in Gangwon-do. Pyeongchang’s snow scene is simply the most beautiful and peaceful.” – Visit Korea.

It is true. Please don’t miss the 23rd Daegwallyeong Snow Festival this year. The festival starts today, January 9th, 2015 and lasts 18th of January.

Period: January 9th ~ 18th (10 days)
Location: Hoinggye-ri, Daegwanryeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gwangwon province
Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00
Event: Many are Scheduled
Exhibit: Snow Sculpture, Ice Sculpture, Snow Flakes Essay Contest
Experiences: Snow Sled, Ice Sled, Ice Slide, Snow Rafting, Snow Bobsleigh, Snow ATV, Ski, Igloo and so on
Sponsors: Gangwon Province Office, Pyeongchang Gun Office, Yongpyeong Resort, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and MILLET


How to get there:

It takes two and half from Seou, three and half from Daegu. If you live in Gangneung, it takes about 30 minutes!

If you are near Seoul, please take a bus to Hoenggye(횡계) at Dong Seoul Bus Terminal(동서울버스터미널). The buses live from 6:32am and the last bus lives at 8:05pm. There are buses in every 30 to 60 minutes.

If you are in Gangneung or Wonju, it is much easier. Buses are quite many and you can just catch any of them. Please remember the destination is Hoenggye(횡계).

If you can manage to take Shuttle bus between Yongpyeong Ski resort, or Alpensia and your location, it will be much easier to get there. You have to book to take the shuttle. Shuttle leaves in Seoul, Incheon, major cities in Gyeonggi province, Daejeon, Cheongju, Busan, Ulsan, Pohang, Daegu and Gumi.

Please visit booking page if you want to book online. Please ask your Korean friend to book because everything is in Korean. Her is the link:

For your convenience, I have generated a Google map location. I hope it helps.


Festival Schedule:

January 9th, 2015 Opening, Manseol-je
January 9th ~ 18th, 2015 Snow Rafting & ATV
January 9th ~ 18th, 2015 Snow Sled & Snow Bobsleigh
January 9th ~ 18th, 2015 Snow Shoe Walking & Drying Pollack
January 9th ~ 18th, 2015 Ice Sled & Top Spinning
January 9th ~ 18th, 2015 Ice Slide
January 10th, 2015 Snow Art & Literature Award


Admission & Experience Fee

Snow/Ice Sculpture 3,000krw
Snow Rafting 5,000krw
Snow Bobsleigh 5,000krw
Snow Sled 5,000krw
Ice Sled 5,000krw
Snow/Ice Slide 5,000krw
Snow ATV 10,000krw

* Those under age 5 or over age 65 are admission free. For the group rate, please call the travel agency: T. 02-2699-4568 / 010-2098-2585(Korean only)

Would you like see some photos? Please follow the link:
You can read an article about 22nd Snow Festival which was held 3rd of January through 12th, 2014 on Visit Korea’s Website.



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Culture: Useful Information about Korea

Culture: Useful Information about Korea



Korea proudly boasts 5,000 magnificent years of history and tradition. Experience the unique essence of Asian culture. Though Korea exhibits an eagerness to learn about Western culture, its people are still firmly rooted in Asian tradition. They are likely to hide their emotions. They often smile or laugh when they feel sorry or shy. Koreans take off their shoes inside the house so, please take off your shoes before get into the house. The country also has one of the most ethnically homogeneous populations in the world.


Number 1 Korean surname is Kim, and then Lee, and Park follow. Unlike western culture, woman never changes her last name after getting marriage. It means married couple have different last name. The children will follow father’s surname.



Korean culture centers on the family, and Koreans write their surname before their given (first) name. It was very common to see several generations of one family living under the same roof but it has been change dramatically. Now, especially in the city area you will rarely find such a scene. Korea has unique writing system, Hangul and wearing, Hanbok.


You can learn more about Korean culture at


It would be great if you don’t do the followings:

  • Don’t write a Korean person’s name in red ink, because that implies that the person has died (!).
  • Don’t put your business cards or someone else’s in your back pocket, because Koreans view this as disrespectful.
  • Don’t squeeze hard when shaking someone’s hand.




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Life in Korea – Food, Housing

Life in Korea – Food, Housing


Come Korea and enjoy the joy of living. We have delicious food, cozy housing, super fast internet, state of art cell phones, enjoyable cable TV, and you can take any transportation to go somewhere to refresh.



Koreans enjoy eating in groups, savoring the food and the company.
Famous Korean dishes are : Bulgogi, Gal-bi, Bibim-bop and Gamja-tang
Please see the explanations from


(pronounced [pulgogi] in Korean) is a Korean dish that usually consists of marinated barbecued beef, although chicken or pork may also be used. It is one of the most popular beef dishes in Korea. For more information :

Galbi or kalbi

It generally refers to a variety of gui or grilled dishes in Korean cuisine that is made with marinated beef(or pork) short ribs in a ganjang-based sauce (Korean soy sauce).[1]. In Korean language, galbi literally means “rib” and can often indicate uncooked ribs. In addition, the dish’s full name is galbi gui, although “gui” (grilling) is commonly omitted to refer to it.

Since galbi is generally made with beef ribs, it may be called “sogalbi” (소갈비) or “soegalbi” (쇠갈비) in Korean, whose prefix, “so” or “soe” (beef) is often omitted as well. However, just like the literal meaning, galbi dish also can be made with pork ribs or chicken. In such cases, the dish is called “dwaeji galbi” (돼지갈비) or “dalk galbi” (닭갈비) to emphasize the main ingredient.

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is a popular Korean dish. The word literally means “stirred/mixed rice” or “stirred/mixed meal.” (It is also sometimes spelled “bibimba,”
“bibimbab,”b-bop” or “bibimbop”).
Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) andgochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating. It can be served either cold or hot.
Vegetables commonly used in bibimbap include julienned cucumber, zucchini, mu (daikon), mushrooms, doraji (bellflower root), and gim, as well as spinach, soybean sprouts, and gosari (bracken fern stems). Dubu (tofu), either plain or sautéed, or a leaf of lettuce may be added, or chicken or seafood may be substituted for beef. For visual appeal, the vegetables are often placed so that adjacent colors complement each other. For more information :

Gamjatang or pork bone soup

is a spicy Korean soup made with pork spine, vegetables, green onions, hot peppers and ground wild sesame seeds. It is a matter of contention whether the name of the soup comes from the word for potato (감자; gamja) or not, because the soup is frequently served without potatoes.

The vertebrae are usually separated with bits of meat clinging to them. The vertebrae is boiled in high temperatures to soften the meat. To remove the meat, one must use an instrument such as a chopstick. The meal is usually served with kimchi and a bowl of rice. This is often a late night snack but is also served for a lunch or dinner.

The soup base is a deep red colour from the red hot peppers. The soup is now common in Korean restaurants outside of Korea, including the United States and Canada.
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Chopsticks and more

Koreans use chopsticks in metal or bamboo/wooden/plastic than fork.
Still, you can find western food anywhere in Korea in some form, but imported items are more expensive. Korea has franchise chain store like Outback steak house, McDonald’s, Mr. Pizza, VIPS steak, Pizza Hut and so on. It has a Costco, Tesco Home Plus and E-Mart(like Wall-mart) in many places around Korea.



You will be living in a typical studio apartment/bachelor suite that caters to the busy life of a single person. Apartments are not spacious, but they have enough room for one person to live comfortably (don’t expect a fancy loft, as Asia has a high population density and housing is tight). All of these apartments have modern, western-style bathroom facilities with a toilet, sink, and shower. However, bathtubs are rare in single-housing accommodation in Korea. Most instructors find housing in a “villa” or an “office-tell.” The residents such as One-rooms and Villas range in price from approximately $600 USD per month up to $1,500 USD per month, on average.

1) One-room(it’s just what Koreans call, it usually has more than one rooms)

Four- to five-story buildings offer accommodations called “one-room” in Korea. The first floors usually serve for parking lots. Residents reside from second floors. One-rooms are very affordable due to their low maintenance costs. These buildings have an owner whether he resides in the building or not and plays the role of superintendent.

2) Villa

It almost has same structure and features with one-rooms in Korea. Mostly found in the residential areas of the city, villas are also very affordable due to their low maintenance costs. These buildings typically have an owner who resides in the building, top floor, and plays the role of superintendent.

3) Office-tells

Tall buildings that offer unit accommodations (alongside business or commercial space) are called “office-tells.” Office-tells are fairly new, which means they come with modern features. Most of the suites in office-tells have keyless entry and other conveniences, depending on the location. The costs may be higher than those of a villa because of building maintenance costs (approximately $50-150 USD per month). One of the advantages of living in an office-tell is the close proximity to shops and services, which are sometimes attached to the building itself.

4) Apartment building

15 to 25 story buildings offer accommodations called “apartment building” in Korea. Their price is vary by size and location but usually it’s very expensive. Koreans favor apartment building because its comfortableness.

Apartment Building Complex

You can choose free furnished studio type housing or getting monthly allowance for housing. If you are couple then you can take an advantage of staying together and get a monthly allowance. Furnishings will include a bed, gas stove range, refrigerator, washer, and air conditioner.




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Life in Korea – General info Teaching English in Korea

Life in Korea – General info Teaching English in Korea

Take a glimpse look at the Life in Korea.


1) Safety :

The crime rate in Korea is very low compared to the rest of the world. The Korean government prohibits people from owning guns, and it is very rare for a policeman to shoot a gun. You can freely go out everywhere anytime! This doesn’t mean you should avoid precautions.


2) Kind and helpful people :

Even though Koreans find it difficult sometimes to communicate with foreign people, they are still very friendly and warm hearted. The service is top class and outshines many other countries. Sometimes Koreans would go out of their way just to help you.


3) Beautiful surroundings :

As you probably already know, Korea is a really small country compared to other countries, but the scenery is sometimes spectacular with plenty of beautiful places to visit. There will always be a beach or mountain nearby. You can also enjoy the four seasons during the year. Korea’s weather is one extreme to the other. You can enjoy wonderful flowers in spring, swimming in the ocean during summer, yellow and red leaves in autumn and skiing or snowboarding in winter. There are of course many other outdoor activities you can enjoy!

Mountains with Autumn Leaves 

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom


4) Unique teaching experiences :

Teaching in Asia might be a very unique and comforting experience. The students are active and creative. You train students to think creatively, encourage good behavior in and out of the classroom, and build a cooperative and pleasant environment for learning.


5) New experiences :

Korea invented hot floor system in houses. It keeps the whole house warm and cozy in winter. When S.A.R.S.(severe acute respiratory syndrome) broke out in Asia, Korea remained a safe zone. Doctors speculated it’s because of the antibacterial food Kimchi, Korea’s unique fermented vegetables which prevented them from getting sick. Korea’s food is very unique and tasty. They are a proud nation with over 5000 years of history which can be picked up in their rich tradition like clothes, food etc.


6) Unique blends :

Whether you’re an urbanite or a naturalist, you’ll appreciate South Korea’s unique blend of fast-paced cities and pristine country sides. Here you’ll find ancient palaces alongside angular skyscrapers, highlighting the country’s past and present.


7) And so on… :

there are tons of things to do and see so it up to you to come and experience it!


As you get ready to teach English in Korea as an English Teacher, you will probably feel a mix of excitement and anxiety. This is absolutely normal. We promise that teaching English in Korea as an ESL teacher will be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of your life. For more information about Korea, please check out the Wikipedia:



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