Sunday 7 August 2011

Poll Results July 2011: Where's the best place to teach?

Question: What's the best place to teach?
  • Asia 47% with 10 votes
  • Latin America 21% with 5 votes
  • Europe 14% with 3 votes
  • Africa 9% with 2 votes
  • Middle East 9% with 2 votes
  • North America 0%
  • Australasia 0%
Teaching English abroad is a great way to see the world and learn about foreign cultures. Many jobs can be found in Asia.The Middle East is popular for those looking to make money. Be sure to check out what's the best country to teach in? as well as the best TEFL jobs in the world.

August's poll: How long is your commute? Be sure to vote now!


Wednesday 3 August 2011

On vacation

I'm off to Romania in an attempt to get my paperwork done.You can read more about it at my blog: Romanian Citizenship.

I'll be back on the 20th of August. However, I'll be leaving again on the 23rd to go to the Philippines for a babymoon. I will get back to Korea on the 28th of August just in time for classes to start.

I won't be posting anything else until I get back, but you can check out my other blogs. After I get back, I'll post the Poll Results and ESL Carnival retroactively on the 7th and the 21st. I'll start the hot topics, cool links, and quick tips again in September.

Hope you have a good rest of the summer!


Tuesday 2 August 2011

My Blogs

I have a handful of blogs. Some are active and some aren't. Here are all the blogs I've had over the years.

Get More EWCM
A blog dedicated to fertility and how to increase EWCM. 

A free listing of schools, universities and institutes from 19 countries in Latin America from Argentina to Venezuela.

I tried to get Romanian citizenship through my mother who was born there. Although I didn't start the blog until 2008 I had documented everything on Dave's ESL Cafe, and decided to use real dates which is why the first post is in 2004. There was one road block after another and you can see this on the quick summary of dates post.

Honest reviews on natural products such as shampoo, conditioner, facial serums, essential oils, carrier oils, and more. All reviews are sponsored and are not PR gifts. I am very much anti-MLM. 

Stay Inside Baby
My struggle with secondary infertility, multiple miscarriages, and misdiagnosis. Immuno-related infertility and experimental treatments regarding NK cells is discussed. 

This blog talks about pregnancy, birthing, breastfeeding, and newborn care in Korea. You can find information about doulas, postpartum, and breastfeeding support, birth control, hospitals and birthing centers, nannies, babysitters, and maids, and upcoming classes and events, just to name a few.


Monday 1 August 2011

How to Use Videos in an EFL Classroom

Updated 18 June 2014

I compiled this information from two workshops given by Rebecca Saavedra and Jenny Perez at UDEP (The University of Piura, Peru).

Videos are great to use in class because they're fun, useful, and real. They also take the focus off the teacher and can make classes more student centred.
  • Talk to your neighbour. Students turn to the person next to them and tell them a little about what they saw.
  • Jot it down. Take notes about what happened.
  • Describe it. Write a brief description using as many sensory words as possible.
  • Compare / Contrast. Compare or contrast characters.
  • No sound. Play the video muted. Have students guess what's happening or what the characters are saying.
  • Ask questions. Ask yes / no, true / false, or open ended questions.
  • Spot the mistake. Write false sentences and have students fix them.
  • Look for specific info. Such as grammar, functions, or vocabulary.
  • Guess. Stop the video at a very interesting part and have the students guess what will happen next. 
  • What can you remember? Have students write down as many things as they remember seeing.
  • Back to back. Have the students sit back to back so that only half the class can see what's happening. The half that can see has to describe what is happening to the other half.
  • Strip script. Take a short dialogue from the film and cut it into strips so there is one sentence on each strip. Have students order the dialogue before they watch the video. 
  • Role play. Take some of the expressions from the video and have students create a role play using the expressions correctly.
  • Interviews.  They have to ask and answer questions based on the character's personality or actions.
  • For or against? If students are watching a debate or discussion they can write down the arguments for both sides and then share their personal opinions with the class.
  • Solve it. When a problem arises in the movie. Stop the film and ask the students how they would solve it. 


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