What is it like living in Vietnam as an Ex-Pat?

Vietnam

Vietnam has grown in popularity and it is now widely acknowledged as a safe place for ex-pats to live and work. The pleasant weather, inexpensive cost of living, vibrant culture, and gradual improvements in Vietnam’s infrastructure all attract ex-pats.  These are some of my thoughts and experiences about living in Vietnam for the past 15 … Read more

Teaching Phonics to ESL Students.

ABC colored wooden blocks

What is Phonics? Phonics refers to the sounds of a language and includes how sounds are pronounced, how syllables or words are stressed, and intonation. If students learn early on what sounds each letter or combination of letters makes, it may help them improve their reading, listening, and speaking skills. In a nutshell, phonics is … Read more

Lesson Plans for ESL students | Cooking in the Classroom.

Food with numbers next to them for teacing English

Feed their stomachs then feed their brains. As an ESL teacher, I am always looking for different ideas and ways to get my teaching ideas out there. One of the joys of being a long-time ESL teacher is you are never stuck for an idea to use in the classroom. After 15 years I can … Read more

Essential Tech Tools for the ESL Classroom

Intelligent white board

My Essential Tech Tools for the ESL Classroom. After spending 15 years in Vietnam teaching, I have experienced a wide range of tech availability in the classroom. I have seen everything from high-end whiteboards like the one above to classrooms with just a fan. One thing I have learned is to make sure you are … Read more

Tips for Using Songs in the ESL Classroom.

Kids laughing

Using Songs in The ESL Classroom. Music can be used in English classes in a variety of ways. It provides numerous advantages for both the teacher and the pupils, including boosting memory and focus, stimulating learning, and, most significantly, making learning enjoyable. Nothing makes a teacher happier than seeing their kids laugh and grin while … Read more

How to teach ESL to Teenagers.

Teenagers in a Vietnamese classroom.

Teaching English to Teenagers. You may believe that teaching ESL to teens is more challenging than teaching English to children or adults. Common preconceptions are that because they are going through changes in their life they are less willing to learn. However, as an experienced EFL teacher of kids and teens, and adults in Vietnam, … Read more

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