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Why Non-Verbal Communication Matters More Than You Think

Why Non-Verbal Communication Matters More Than You Think

Teaching has been an expert mentor in helping me see that what I say matters. My words are important because people are actually listening. But my actions may be even more so. How I use my face and eyes and body when I’m talking reveals truth, sincerity, acknowledgment, reciprocation, and about a thousand other things. In communication, the non-verbal tells more than that flabber-jabber of yours could ever hope to.

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Resources for Teaching the Present Progressive

Resources for Teaching the Present Progressive

I am writing for you a list of the Present Progressive which uses a form of the “be” verb + the “ing” form of the main verb. But we’ll get to that more up ahead. Understanding and Teaching the Present Progressive A wonderful tool for getting a grip on the Present Progressive. Englishpage.com’s excellent resource for the Present Progressive, with extra links to resources. Present Progressive Part One and Part Two, courtesy of Holmwood’s Online Learning. I’m a fan of Perfect English Grammar’s simple explanation and practical usage of the Present Progressive. Practicing the Present Progressive Listen to “Sailing” by Rod Stewart and learn the Present Progressive while warming up for Friday night karaoke. A few interactive exercises to help wrap your mind around the tense. Learn English with Mr. Bean. At least, a cartoon version of him. The Silly Billy Band asks “What is he/she doing?” in this fun song of the Present Progressive. The Present Progressive with pictures, in case you are a visual learner. And some online exercises to practice. Games and Activities for the Classroom Seven great ideas for classroom activities which bring the Present Progressive to life. Activities for your students broken down into grade level […]

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25 Surprising Things I Didn’t Know Until I Got To Korea

25 Surprising Things I Didn’t Know Until I Got To Korea

I scoured blogs, watched k-dramas, and listened to an unhealthy amount of k-pop before moving to South Korea in an effort to prepare myself for all the cultural changes I was bound to experience. Although that research wasn’t wasted, there are certain things I wouldn’t have ever learned had I not moved across the globe to call the land of morning calm home for a year.

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Blog Carnival: Don’t Get Burnt Out With Teaching

Blog Carnival: Don't Get Burnt Out With Teaching

We all know what it can be like as teachers, you are as excited as a firework when you go away to another country and begin your journey as an overseas ESL teacher. In the beginning you are busy getting to know your students, getting to grips with the curriculum and school system and getting to know your work colleagues, so everything is new and amazing. Fast forward a year and you find that the ‘honeymoon period’ has set sail, the excitement of your new position has lost its charms and work has become a daily grind instead of a fun cool job.

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Interview With Kelly Chapeskie

Interview With Kelly Chapeskie

Want to know about living and teaching (and eating) in Taiwan from someone who is currently doing just that? I thought you might. Here’s an interview with world traveler Kelly Chapeskie from Ontario, Canada. She moved to Taiwan through Reach To Teach in late 2013, and is currently living the dream in Kaohsiung. She’s funny, talented, beautiful, and an amazing teacher as well as a fantastic writer. And I’m not just saying that because we’re friends!

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8 Ways To Start Well At Your New School (Part Two)

8 Ways To Start Well At Your New School (Part Two)

Dear Future EPIK Teacher, I understand the nerves you must be feeling right now. Believe me, I do. To add a new country, language, and culture onto your list of changes to come soon, you also have to add a brand new work environment. Hopefully you read part one of the 8 Ways To Start Well At Your New School. Get your printer ready to print off my second half of awesome tips!

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8 Ways To Start Well At Your New School (Part One)

8 Ways To Start Well At Your New School (Part One)

Most EPIK applicants are gearing up for the big move that is just a short 4 months away. That time will fly by much faster than any will realize. After you’ve typed out and printed your packing list, be sure to print out these helpful tips to keep with the rest of your South Korea documents and lists. You’ll be thanking me once you’ve effortlessly survived your first day on the job.

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5 Reasons You Should Learn Chinese (Part 2)

5 Reasons You Should Learn Chinese (Part 2)

In the previous episode of 5 Reasons You Should Learn Chinese (found here), we made it abundantly clear that learning at least a little Chinese can really help you in a variety of situations when you go to China (or Taiwan). If you move to China, you’ve no excuse!

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