Lesson Plans

July 27, 2021 (12:10 pm start)

  • Global Audio Book: The Tiger Brother
    • Do you know this story?
    • Is this story well known in Korean culture?
    • Do Korean parents tell this story to their children?
    • Does this story remind you of any western fairytales?
  • Koreans Rush to Hospital More Often Than Most
    • “As Korean society ages, the country tops OECD member states in terms of outpatient visits to hospital per person, although the number of medical professionals is smaller than the OECD average.”
      • Are you surprised?
      • Do you use outpatient services more than others?
    • “The percentage of overweight or obese people is 33.7 percent, the second lowest after Japan’s 27.2 percent. But Korea’s proportion of overweight and obese people increased from 30.5 percent in 2009 to 33.7 percent in 2019.”
      • Are you surprised?
      • Did you think the percentage would be higher or lower?
      • Do you know how they calculate “overweight”?
      • Do you know your BMI?
  • Pandemic Shoppers Stick with Tried and Tested
    • tried and tested
      • “Lockdown-addled consumers are favoring shops and restaurants they are familiar with instead of being tempted by novelty, credit card data suggest.”
        • Data suggest or suggests?
      • What do you think “tried and tested” means?
      • Do you stick with tried and tested or do you go for new and different?
      • “The main reason is that lockdown offered fewer opportunities for window shopping and leisurely exploration. The coronavirus pandemic also reduced the distances consumers traveled.”
      • “Korea Credit Data analyzed the plastic transactions of 700,000 businesses and found that spending at newly opened stores declined 27.7 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to the carefree first quarter of 2019. But in stores they had already visited in the past year, purchases declined only 8.7 percent.”
        • Who are they?
        • Does such credit card purchase tracking make you nervous?
        • Do you use cash or credit cards for your purchases?
        • Are you mindful of what you purchase with your credit card?

July 20, 2021 (12:10 pm start)

  • Sleeping longer hours correlates with IQ: study (July 20 with Carrie and Sunny)
    • The good news: “It showed that, the longer hours children sleep, the higher their IQ scores.”
    • The not so good news: “This was especially the case with boys. Boys who sleep more than 10 hours a night score 10 points higher than those who sleep less than 8 hours a night. However, the correlation was not found among girls.”
    • Did you sleep a lot, more than average, when you were a teen?
    • What did your parents think?
    • What did you think?
      • Did you want to sleep more or less?
    • Do you sleep a lot now?
      • Do you want to sleep more, less, or are you perfectly happy with your sleep schedule?
    • Do you wish that you could wake up earlier or go to bed earlier?

July 13, 2021

  • My Mother Thinks She’s a Kid (Recordings)
    • Sunny
      • Kid (short-i) vs keed (long-e)
      • Did you spend as much time on your recording this week as you did on last week’s?
  • Speaking contest
    • Live speaking contest vs. video speaking contest
    • Two first place winners and one second place
      • Eunseon was unimpressed.
        • She told me one of her students won for all of TunTun.
      • Kids were volunteers
      • Kids I wanted to enter didn’t want to.
        • (They were older and knew to be scared.)
    • What are your tips?
  • Global Audio Book: The Lazy Boy Who Turned into an Ox
    • Do you know this story?
    • Is this story well known in Korean culture?
    • Do Korean parents tell this story to their children?
    • Does this story remind you of any western fairytales?
  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  • Next week: 12:10 pm

July 6, 2021

  • Gertie’s Garden Recordings
    • Amy
      • Such great voice characterizations.
        • The grandmother sounds old
        • Gertie sounds like a little girl
      • trowel vs. troll
        • p. 4 – “There they bought a trowel and a bright green watering can.”
        • troll vs garden gnome
          • Gnomio and Juliet
      • I can hear how well Amy planned her readings by her voice characterizations.
      • Good job reading slowly and with expression
    • Sunny
      • So much improvement in reading more slowly and with greater expression.
      • How do you read “bo-o-o-red”?
        • I had wondered how we would all interpret how to read “bo-o-o-red”
    • Carrie
      • “Gary” or “Ger-tie”
      • marigolds, not marigold. Don’t drop the plural -s
  • June / July micro-resolutions
    • How did your June micro-resolutions go?
      • Amy ->
      • Evelyn ->
      • Dana ->
      • Grace ->
      • Sunny ->
      • Carrie ->
      • Joseph -> 1 set of Push-ups and 1 set of Wim Hof Method breathing
    • How did you do with your resolutions?
  • July micro-resolutions suggestions for…
    • Amy -> Walk in the evening with kids every night.
    • Evelyn ->
    • Dana ->
    • Jenny ->
    • Sunny -> Read two books to children every night.
    • Carrie ->
    • Joseph -> Read When You Trap a Tiger to Joey and Sophie 10 mins / day before their bedtime. My goal is to finish the novel in one month.

June 29, 2021

  • Voice recordings
  • Remember that while making recordings or giving presentations to speak slower, louder, and more animated than you would normally or even normally think to do.
  • (My) Saturday’s preparation for an English speaking contest.
  • Sunny
    • American English ‘r’ vs. British English ‘r’
    • American English short-a vs. British English short-a.
    • Song: The Show – Lenka
      • Voice coach scene from Singin’ in the Rain
  • Carrie
    • w-sounds: “Hollywood” vs “Holly-ood”
    • Just like with r-sounds, Koreans (and Asians in general) must develop the mouth muscles to make w-sounds, which are made by puckering lips.
    • Song: Watermelon Sugar
  • Bangtan Boys Lyrics to Be Used as Language Teaching Material
    • “There are barely any Korean textbooks for youngsters overseas despite surging demand for language lessons,” an Education Ministry spokesman said Wednesday. “Some 60 experts will develop a curriculum for primary and secondary schools and create textbooks based on it.” They will include plenty of K-pop content like BTS lyrics and videos.
    • Are BTS songs good material to learn Korean?
    • Which songs do you recommend for Korean learners?
    • Do you use English songs in your teaching?
      • Which English songs?
      • How do you decide which English songs to use?
    • Which English songs would you like to learn?

June 22, 2021

  • Thank you

June 15, 2021

  • The Flying Squirrel Recordings
    • Sunny
      • Good expression
      • Remember to say the last sounds, plural ‘s’ and paste tense “ed”.
      • He was no “quitter” “qw”
      • Don’t think about speed while reading, think about deliberate pronunciation. When kids learn they need to hear the individual sounds.
  • Pronunciation Clinic
    • ‘th’ – sounds: “voiced” and “voiceless”
      • ð – the voiced dental fricative (as in “this”)
      • θ – the voiceless dental fricative (as in “thing”)
  1. th at the beginning of a word:
    • th is voiceless /θ/ in most cases
      • threat, thought, think, throw,
    • th is voiceless /θ/ when followed by consonants
      • three, threat
    • Function words usually begin with the voiced /ð/
      • as in the pronouns they, them, their, the, this, that, these, those 
      • and as in the adverbs and conjunctions then, there, than, thus, though, therefore, thereby, thereafter, ….
  2. th in the middle of a word:
    • Most (pure) English words have a voiced /ð/ in the middle (when there is a th)
      • as in either, father, mother, brother, rather, further, together, weather, whether, ….
    • Most loan (“foreign” English) words have a voiceless /θ/ in the middle when there is a th,
      • as in cathedral, enthusiasm, ethics, mathematics, lethal, method, mythical, …
  3. th at the end of a word:
    • Nouns and adjectives usually end in a voiceless /θ/
      • as in bath, cloth, breath, tooth, teeth, ….
    • Verbs usually end in a voiced /ð/ when there is a th
      • as in breathe, loathe, soothe, writhe, ….
  • More adverbs of frequency
    • with barely, hardly
      • Correct usage “hardly ever” and “barely ever”
      • Incorrect usage “hardly never” or “barely never”
  • Bangtan Boys Lyrics to Be Used as Language Teaching Material
    • “There are barely any Korean textbooks for youngsters overseas despite surging demand for language lessons,” an Education Ministry spokesman said Wednesday. “Some 60 experts will develop a curriculum for primary and secondary schools and create textbooks based on it.” They will include plenty of K-pop content like BTS lyrics and videos.
    • Are BTS songs good material to learn Korean?
    • Which songs do you recommend for Korean learners?
    • Which English songs would you like to learn?

June 8, 2021

  • Eric Carle, Author of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar,’ Dies at 91
    • “A self-described ‘picture writer,’ he wrote and illustrated more than 70 books for young children, selling more than 170 million copies.”
    • In 2003, he received the prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (now called the Children’s Literature Legacy Award) from the American Library Association, which recognizes authors and illustrators whose books have created a lasting contribution to children’s literature.
    • Describing himself as a “picture writer,” Mr. Carle detailed much of his artistic process on his website.

June 1, 2021

  • Halmi-Kkut (p. 74)
    • Sunny
      • Remember not to read like a narrator. Think about the characters’ voices and feelings
      • Good job with expressing Halmi’s sadness (0:50) at not being able to give her youngest daughter a wedding.
      • Good job with oldest daughter’s initial happiness (1:30)
    • Generally – Think that you are reading for children and that you need to exaggerate emotions, tones, and actions.

May 25, 2021

  • My 80/20 life
    • Book summaries
  • Parenting
    • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother – Amy Chua
      • What price success? (note the idiom)
      • Old cultural idiom – “What profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul in the process?”
      • Mark 8:36 – “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
      • Matthew 16:26 – “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”
      • King Midas and “the Midas touch”
    • Want to Raise Successful Kids? Science Says These 7 Habits Lead to Incredible Outcomes
    • Want to Raise Successful Kids? Science Says These 7 Habits Lead to Great Outcomes. (It’s not just one study. It’s study after study after study.)
    • Want to Raise Successful Kids? The Largest Child Development Research Study In History Reveals 7 Secrets
    • Parents Of Successful Kids Do These 10 Things In Common, Science Finds
    • Science says parents of successful kids have these 24 things in common

May 18, 2021

  • Voice Recording – A Day in the Forest (p. 44)
    • Amy – A Day in the Forest
      • r – sounds
      • for’ est, not for/est
      • very good expression, use of voices
    • Dana
      • speaks with natural intonation
    • Taeyong
    • English is a stressed language
      • Korean is unstressed
    • Rule (guideline, really)
      • One syllable words
        • use and function words are usually unstressed (except for emphasis)
        • be verbs are unstressed (except for emphasis)
      • Two syllable words
      • Three syllable words
      • Four syllable words
  • What are our class’s goals?
  • How can we measure success?
  • Young Couples Woo Each Other with Samsung, Tesla Stocks
    • Did you give your boyfriends gifts while you were dating?
    • Did your boyfriends give you gifts while you were dating?
      • What kind of gifts?
    • Do you give your spouse gifts now?
    • Does your spouse give you gifts now?
      • What kind of gifts?
    • Have you heard of the book The 5 Love Languages?
      1. Words of affirmation: 23 percent
      2. Quality time: 20 percent
      3. Acts of service: 20 percent
      4. Physical touch: 19 percent
      5. Gift giving: 18 percent
    • I think I’m a little sparse on the words:
  • Buddha’s Birthday
    • Do you have plans for tomorrow?
    • What did Buddha’s Birthday mean to you when you were a child?
    • What did you do for Buddha’s Birthday?
    • What do Koreans do for Buddha’s Birthday?
    • How would you compare Buddha’s Birthday to Christmas in terms of scale (how big the holidays are) and celebration?

May 11, 2021

  • Voice Recording
    • Wactchow’s Bath Day (Jenny)
    • English is a stressed language
      • Korean is unstressed
      • English is less stressed than Italian
    • Rule (guideline, really)
      • One syllable words
        • use and function words are usually unstressed (except for emphasis)
        • be verbs are unstressed (except for emphasis)
      • Two syllable words
      • Three syllable words
      • Four syllable words

May 4, 2021

  • preconceptions
  • predictions
  • voice and tone
    • Understanding “tone” is often the most difficult part of reading comprehension. Think about how often you’ve read emails or texts and misunderstood the writers’ meaning or intention.
    • I mentioned my actor friend who told me that when actors prepare for roles that they need to find their characters’ voice.
  • Character voices
    • Have young readers read with the dialogue in the characters’ voices.
    • What do you think the characters’ voice sounds like?
      • High or low?
      • Loud or soft?
    • How do you think the character feels when the character says a specific line of dialogue?
      • Happy or sad?
      • Confident or scared?

April 27, 2021

  • Jejudo -> Jejudon’t
    • Are you disappointed?
    • Are you relieved?
    • “bittersweet”
  • Joey’s Birthday – 12 years ago today
    • Me: “I think that today is the happiest day of my life”
    • Eunseon: _____________
  • What was the happiest day of your life?
  • Predictions vs preconceptions

April 20, 2021

  • Teaching Resources:
    • Kids Club English
      • “Are you teaching EFL/ESL young learners without a coursebook? Looking for something to supplement your syllabus? Mixed ages and abilities? Want to find something more exciting and engaging to teach kids English? You’re in the right place!
    • British Council – LearnEnglish Kids
      • “LearnEnglish Kids is brought to you by the British Council, the world’s English teaching experts. We have lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities for children. For parents, we have articles on supporting children in learning English, videos on using English at home and information about English courses for your child.”
    • iSLCollective
    • ESL Hacker
  • Connotation and denotation
    • Words have denotation, dictionary definitions, and connotations, feelings.
      • 아줌마
        • denotation
        • connotation
    • Understanding meaning of new and unfamiliar words
      • context
        • Does the word feel good or bad, positive or negative?
        • etymologies
          • logos
    • Prefixes: Ben & Mal and Eu & Dis (Dys)

April 13, 2021

  • Pronunciation Clinic
  • Children’s books
    • The Five Chinese Brothers
      • Reception and controversy
        • Wikipedia: Though often considered a classic of children’s literature, The Five Chinese Brothers has been accused of promoting ethnic stereotypes about the Chinese, particularly through its illustrations, and many teachers have removed the book from their classrooms. However, the book has had some defenders. In a 1977 School Library Journal article, Selma G. Lanes described the illustrations as “cheerful and highly appealing”, characterizing Wiese’s “broad cartoon style” as “well suited to the folk-tale, a genre which deals in broad truths”. She added, “I cannot remember a tale during my childhood that gave me a cozier sense of all being right with the world.”
  • Examining The Five Chinese Brothers
    • Complaint #1: everyone in the crowd looks exactly alike in a stereotypical way.
    • Complaint #2: Chinese people are not yellow like that.
    • Complaint #3: Not only the people in the crowd, the other characters all look the same, too.
    • Complaint #4: these people all have the stereotypical slanted eyes.
    • Complaint #5: Bishop didn’t cite a source of this “Chinese” tale.
  • Scholastic.com: Teaching “The Five Chinese Brothers”
  • The Little Engine That Could
  • February micro-resolutions
    • February suggestions for..
      • Amy -> throw out/recycle/donate one thing per day
      • Evelyn -> active listening
      • Dana -> practice guitar
      • Grace -> No TV
      • Joseph -> throw away/give away one item per day
    • How did you do with your resolutions?
  • April micro-resolutions suggestions for…
    • Amy ->
    • Evelyn ->
    • Dana ->
    • Jenny ->
    • Sunny ->
    • Carrie ->
    • 조희경 ->
    • Joseph -> (w/Joey) 100 push-ups per day / 150 situps
  • One of my best micro-resolutions was to work on my client outreach & development for 30 minutes every day.
  • YouTube Videos Shift to Cooking as Pandemic Drags On
    • Has your coronavirus TV / YouTube viewing changed during the coronavirus?
    • Article: “With the coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of a letup, YouTube videos are shifting from ‘mukbang’ (a portmanteau in Korean of ‘eating’ and ‘broadcast’) to ‘cookbang’ (‘cooking’ and ‘broadcast’).’
      • What does “portmanteau” mean?
        • What does “port” mean?
        • Etymology, word origin (in this context) :
          • Lewis Carroll used “portmanteau”, which was a type of luggage, in “Through the Looking-Glass”. Humpty Dumpty explained to Alice the coinage of unusual words used in “Jabberwocky”. “Slithy” meant “slimy and lithe” and mimsy meant “miserable and flimsy”. Humpty Dumpty explained to Alice combining words in various ways: “You see it’s like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word.”
    • Do you know any portmanteaus?
      • smog
      • motel
      • brunch
      • Microsoft
      • dramady / sitcom / romcom
      • frenemy
        • (Note: none of the above results in a red squiggly line underneath it.)
    • Portmanteaus vs. compound words
      • watermelon
      • starfish
    • Why are Koreans particularly keen on portmanteaus?
    • What are your favorite portmanteaus?
    • Where is Korea’s list of portmanteaus?
      • French, Hebrew, Spanish, and Japanese have their own Wikipedia sections.
      • Do you want to write our own list for Wikipedia?
        • What words should we include?
    • List of portmanteaus (English)
  • S-V-O – Subject-Verb-Object. Right?
  • Micro-resolutions
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April 6, 2021

  • Last week
    • MT?
    • Girl’s day out?
      • “girl’s night out”
      • American vs Korean culture
  • Easter
    • Which do you prefer, Easter or Christmas? (idiomatic form)
    • Which, Easter or Christmas, do you prefer? (appositive form)
    • The Ten Commandments – an Easter tradition
    • Easter & Passover – “Holy Week”
    • Easter Ash Wednesday + 40
    • Lent
    • Giving something up for Lent
    • Easter Sunday / Easter baskets / Easter Bunny
    • Easter eggs / dyeing Easter eggs
  • “April is the cruelest month” ~ T.S. Eliot
    • Is April the cruelest month?
  • Do certain months have certain feelings for you?
    • Song: Watermelon Sugar

      Tastes like strawberries
      On a Summer evening
      And it sounds just like a song
      ….
      Strawberries
      On Summer evening
      Baby, you’re the end of June
    • “September of My Years” ~ Frank Sinatra

March 30, 2021

No class

March 23, 2021

  • The first day of Spring
    • Spring Equinox
      • equi + nox
    • Explaining seasons to kids
      • Explaining seasons to yourselves
    • Do you like Spring?
      • What’s to like?
        • “what’s to…” (spoken idiom)
      • What’s to dislike?
      • Do you remember PREP?
    • What are your spring activities?
  • St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)
    • St. Joseph’s Day (March 19)
  • What are some minor Korean holidays, holidays that are not red days but Koreans have some kinds of customs, traditions, or activities?
    • April 1, April Fool’s Day
    • Which do you like?
    • Which can you do without, dislike?
  • YouTube Videos Shift to Cooking as Pandemic Drags On
    • Has your coronavirus TV / YouTube viewing changed during the coronavirus?
    • Article: “With the coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of a letup, YouTube videos are shifting from ‘mukbang’ (a portmanteau in Korean of ‘eating’ and ‘broadcast’) to ‘cookbang’ (‘cooking’ and ‘broadcast’).’
      • What does “portmanteau” mean?
        • What does “port” mean?
        • Etymology, word origin (in this context) :
          • Lewis Carroll used “portmanteau”, which was a type of luggage, in “Through the Looking-Glass”. Humpty Dumpty explained to Alice the coinage of unusual words used in “Jabberwocky”. “Slithy” meant “slimy and lithe” and mimsy meant “miserable and flimsy”. Humpty Dumpty explained to Alice combining words in various ways: “You see it’s like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word.”
    • Do you know any portmanteaus?
      • smog
      • motel
      • brunch
      • Microsoft
      • dramady / sitcom / romcom
      • frenemy
        • (Note: none of the above results in a red squiggly line underneath it.)
    • Portmanteaus vs. compound words
      • watermelon
      • starfish
    • Why are Koreans particularly keen on portmanteaus?
    • What are your favorite portmanteaus?
    • Where is Korea’s list of portmanteaus?
      • French, Hebrew, Spanish, and Japanese have their own Wikipedia sections.
      • Do you want to write our own list for Wikipedia?
        • What words should we include?
    • List of portmanteaus (English)

March 16, 2021

  • Making stretch bracelets
    • How did it go?
    • What did you learn?
    • What was successful?
    • What would you do differently next time?
    • Did you write everything down?
  • Beware the Ides of March
    • The single most important date in history
  • Gerunds
    • What are gerunds?
    • Do you understand how to use gerunds?
    • Do you understand where we use gerunds?
  • World’s Best Cities – a Ranking
    • Which are the best cities you’ve been to?
    • If you could live in any city, which cities would be on your top-3 list?
    • What criteria, judging reasons, do you use for best cities?
    • Seoul is on the list. Where do you think Seoul ranks?
    • View the complete report from Resonance Consultancy.

March 9, 2021

  • New class member – 조희경
    • Greetings
    • What are your interests?
      • What are everyone else’s interests?
  • What is a sentence?
  • Independent clauses
  • Dependent clauses
  • TEFL / TESOL Certification:
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    • This course typically costs $199, but you can access it today for FREE.
    • What’s the catch? You have to pay the $27 certification fee, and you get full access to the certificate course.
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  • February micro-resolutions
    • February suggestions for..
      • Amy -> throw out/recycle/donate one thing per day
      • Evelyn -> active listening
      • Dana -> practice guitar
      • Grace -> No TV
      • Joseph -> throw away/give away one item per day
    • How did you do with your resolutions?
  • March micro-resolutions suggestions for…
    • Amy ->
    • Evelyn ->
    • Dana ->
    • Grace ->
    • 조희경 ->
    • Joseph ->
  • One of my best micro-resolutions was to work on my client outreach & development for 30 minutes every day.
  • Are extracurricular activities important?
    • Word part extra – “outside of”
      • extraordinary
      • extraterrestrial
        • terre – Earth
        • Mediterranean Sea
        • Terran (in sci-fi)
      • extramarital
    • Did you do any extracurricular activities?
      • In middle school?
      • In high school?
      • In university?
    • What are the benefits and detriments of extracurricular activities for students?
      • better grades
      • time management
      • self-esteem
      • skills
    • Which extracurricular activities do you wish that you had done?
    • Which extracurricular activities do you recommend to others?
    • Which extracurricular activities do you think are not so important?
    • If you recommend one extracurricular activity to students at each level (middle school, high school, and university) which extracurricular activity would you recommend?

February 22, 2021

  • Is Grace still Jenny?
  • Does anyone else want a name change?
  • Comparisons with as and than
    • spoken English and formal written English
    • transitive and intransitive verbs
      • transitive verbs take an object (trans means across)
      • intransitive verbs don’t take an object (in means not)
      • some verbs can be both transitive and intransitive, depending on context.
    • “Does mommy love chocolate more than me?”
      • Compare:
        1. She runs 10k races faster than me.
        2. He loves her more than me.
      • Compare:
        1. She runs 10k races as fast as me.
        2. He loves her as much as me.
        3. Daddy loves baby as much as mommy.
  • When You Trap a Tiger, a Newbery Award, “the Noble prize of children’s literature”, winner.
    • by Tae Keller was a child author and daughter of Nora Okja Keller.
    • “…the story of Lily and her relationship with her aging and ill Korean grandmother, wrapped around the Korean folktales her grandmother tells her at bedtime.”
    • Have you heard of this book, When You Trap a Tiger?
    • Which Korean folktales do you know?
      • Do you tell your children?
      • Why do we tell our children of such folktales?
        • Culture
          • Which stories and folk tales are most important in and to Korean culture?
        • Cultural literacy
          • What is cultural literacy?
          • Are you culturally literate?
          • Are your children / family culturally literate?
          • What should Koreans know to be culturally literate?
        • Moral teaching
          • What stories are part of Korean moral teaching?
          • American children’s stories:
            • The Little Engine That Could
            • Aesop’s Fables
              • The Ant and the Grasshopper
              • The Boy Who Cried Wolf
              • (What are the moral lessons?)
            • Rip Van Winkel

February 15, 2021

New Year’s Celebrations
  • Do Koreans do something special for Seollal, lunar new year?
  • Do you or your family have special or different observations, way of celebrating or “observing”, the lunar new year?
  • What do you do for solar new year, New Year’s Day, January 1?
  • When you were young(er), which was more important solar new year or lunar new year?
    • Which did you consider the new year?
  • Did you go to a sauna or solar new year or lunar new year?
  • Did you watch the sunrise on solar new year or lunar new year?
  • Speaking test question:
    • Tell me about an important holiday in your country
    • How is the way people celebrate the holiday today different from the way they celebrated in the past?

February 8, 2021

  • Saturday’s special class – Origami Folding Calendar
    • What went right?
    • What needs improvement?
    • What did you learn for next time?
      • Did you write everything down?
  • February micro-resolutions
    • February suggestions for…
      • Amy -> throw out/recycle/donate one thing per day
      • Evelyn -> active listening
      • Dana -> practice guitar
      • Grace -> No TV
      • Joseph -> throw away/give away one item per day
  • Decluttering and simplifying
    • Danish Death Cleaning
      • döstädning-from Swedish, dö (death) + städning (cleaning)
      • From the same culture that brings us hygge
      • Main idea: slowly begin decluttering so that your death isn’t such a burden for those you leave behind
        • “When it comes to death cleaning, an important thing to remember is that it’s meant to be hard, but not sad.”
        • “Will Anyone be Happier if I Save This?”
        • “Let me help make your loved ones’ memories of you nice — instead of awful,” she writes. “A loved one wishes to inherit nice things from you. Not all things from you.”
    • Marie Kondo
      • “Does it spark joy?”
    • What’s the difference?
  • Korea’s purple island makes CNN
    • Have you heard of it?
    • Would you want to go?
    • Great idea or crass marketing stunt?
      • What does crass mean?

February 1, 2021

January 25, 2021

  • Teaching 3-Layer Strawberry Jam Muffins
    • How did “3-Layer Strawberry Jam Muffins” class go?
      • What went right?
      • What went wrong (“needs improvement”)?
      • Did you write everything that you had learned down?
        • “Did…write …you had learned….” (verb tense?)
    • What did you learn from teaching “3-Layer Strawberry Jam Muffins” class?
    • Do you have suggestions for the 3-Layer Strawberry Jam Muffins post?
  • What are your winter weekend plans?
    • I want to go skiing with my family
      • Have you ever been skiing?
      • Do you have any recommendations, “do’s and don’ts”
        • “do’s and don’ts” is an idiom. What do you think that “do’s and don’ts” means?
  • Reading
    • What are your favorite books for teaching English reading?
    • What do you look for in selecting, choosing, books for your young learners?
      • Moral
      • Idioms and expressions
      • Pictures
      • “Cultural literacy”
    • Which books were you most successful with?
    • Which books were you not so successful with?
      • What makes successful books for teaching successful?
      • What makes unsuccessful books for teaching unsuccessful?
    • Which books were your favorite books when you were a child?
      • Why?
    • Here’s my most memorable book from when I was a child:
      • .
      • “I think I can… I think I can… I think I can….
      • “I thought I could… I thought I could… I thought I could….”
        • Moral lessons: perseverance, self-confidence, belief in one’s self.
      • Story follows a classic five-part story in both structure AND the plot as a metaphor itself
      • I think that if I teach it to young Korean children, EFL learners, I would rewrite, simplify, the story.
        • (Do you see the appositives?)
        • Note that the story is “out of copyright”

January 18, 2021

January 11, 2021

  • Special Zoom Class
MonthAmyDanaEvelynGraceJoseph
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
  • I have 12 micro-resolutions. How many did you make?
  • Joseph’s plans / ideas / possibilities for micro-resolutions:
    1. Obey all traffic laws
    2. Study / learn Korean for 10 mins per day
    3. Make one teaching lesson plan per day.
    4. Live an 80 / 20 life
      • Realize that I get 80% of benefits from 20% of resources, which means time, effort, cost, etc.
        • Limit myself to 1 hour TV to force myself to only view the best
        • Limit Social media (Facebook) to 30 minutes total per day
        • Read non-fiction 80 / 20
        • __________
        • __________
    5. Train with my son Joey for a 10K road race with the goal of finishing in under 1 hour
    6. Play / practice / learn chess for 10 minutes per day
    7. Write a book, “10 Minutes”, about my 10-minute life.
    8. NO TV
    9. Start my TESOL Certification course on Coursera and work on it for 1 hour per day. (I should be able to finish 2 or 3 and maybe 4 of the eight classes if I work at that pace.)
      • Are you interested in TESOL , CELTA, DELTA, or TEFL certification?
      • …maybe do TESOL Certification in the same month as NO TV month?
    10. Contact one friend, colleague, former client, etc. per day and take a genuine interest in what they’ve been up to just because (“for no better reason than to”) reestablish our relationship.
    11. Spend 30 minutes per day making business contacts, sending resumes, applying for jobs.
    12. Read four books by using the post-it flag method

Reading

  • What grades are your students in?
  • What are their reading levels?
  • What books do you read with them?
  • I’m reading The Hundred Dresses with Korean fifth graders:
    • Have you read The Hundred Dresses?
  • Do you want to read an English book in our class?
    • Which book do you want to read?
  • What is the difference between “what” and “which”?
    • “What books do you read with them?”
    • “Which book do you want to read?”
      • We don’t have a “hard and fast” rule; we only have a feeling.
      • “Hard and fast” means “solid (hard) and stick to (fast, fasten).
  • Three Wishes
    • What would you wish for if you had three wishes?

Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

  1. Do you wish that you had so much money that you would never have to work?
  2. Do you wish that everyday was a holiday in your favorite place like heaven?
  3. Do you wish that you were so handsome or beautiful that everyone liked you just by looking at you?
  4. Do you wish that you could live for 1,000 years in the full flower of youth?
    • What do you think “the full flower of youth” means?
  5. Do you wish that you were so good that you could win at everything?

January 4, 2021

Happy New Year !

  • What do Koreans do on January 1, at the New Year?
  • What are you going to do?
  • Why is January called “January”?

Janus, the god for whom January is named, was an important god in the Roman pantheon (pan +theos). Janus was the Roman “god of doors”, and nearly all Roman households had an altar to Janus.

What? A god of doors?

…and Endings. Every ending is a beginning, and every beginning is an ending.

Janus is often depicted (de+pict+ed) as a two-faced god with the younger boyish face looking forward to the future and the older bearded face looking back at the past.

December 28

  • Top 10 social topics by keyword on Korean Twitter in 2020:
    • 1) COVID-19
    • 2) Nth Room
    • 3) Self-quarantine
    • 4) Social distancing
    • 5) Feminism
    • 6) Sewol
    • 7) Emergency relief funding
    • 8) Prosecution reform
    • 9) Sarang Jaeil Church
    • 10) Illegal abortion
      • Do you have a Twitter account?
        • Do you tweet?
        • Are you active on Twitter?
      • Do you know these Top-10 in Korea terms?
      • Do you have other social media accounts?
        • Are you active on those social media accounts?

December 21

MERRY CREEPY CHRISTMAS

Elf on a Shelf – Friend or foe?

December 14

December 7

November 30

  • Song: Are you sleeping?
  • Do you have a morning routine?
    • “The Miracle Morning” – Hal Elrod
    • S.A.V.E.R.S. – 1 hour
      • Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, Scribing
  • Collin’s Dictionary 2020 Word of the Year
  • Special Topics

November 23

Norman Rockwell – Thanksgiving

November 16

  • Triskaidekaphobia and paraskevidekatriaphobia 
    • Last Friday was Friday 13th
      • What do you think Triskaidekaphobia means?
      • -phobia
        • Do you have any phobias?
      • Common phobias
    • Are you superstitious?
      • What is “super”?
    • Are Koreans superstitious?
      • How or why do you think these superstitions developed?
    • What are your personal superstitions?

November 9

November 2

Once in a blue moon….
  • Halloween
    • Why do we call Halloween “Halloween”?
    • Do you like Halloween?
    • Did you go trick or treating when you were a child?
    • Do you think that Koreans will pick up Halloween as a holiday?
    • Which Korean holiday do you think would make a good holiday for the rest of the world to pick up?
  • What do you think of Korea borrowing other western or American holidays?
    • Valentine’s Day
    • Christmas
    • (Solar) New Year’s Day
    • Do you do anything special on those new Korean holidays?
    • Which is your favorite 14th of the month holiday?
  • Halloween 2020’s Blue Moon – “Once in a blue moon”

October 26

  • Special Topics
    • Making Sugar Clay Flower Muffins
    • Lonely Planet ranks ultimate travel destinations in new list
      • What do you look for in a vacation destination?
        • relaxation, adventure, nature, culture, history, art, special interest
      • Where is your ultimate vacation destination?
      • What was your best vacation?
      • What would you advise someone against?
      • What are your best vacation / travel tips?
    • S. Korea finds no evidence of flu vaccine’s role in reported deaths
      • What vaccines have you had?
        • What is the verb tense?
        • What does the verb tense mean?
      • Do you get flu or other vaccinations that are recommended but not required?
      • Have you ever had a flu vaccine?
        • Note the use of “ever”. What verb tense does “ever” indicate?
      • Government says flu vaccines are safe, will not halt program
        • Do you believe the government?
      • Will you get a flu vaccine this year?
      • Will you get a corona virus vaccine?
        • If so, how soon after a vaccine is developed?
    • Discussion Graphics – 2

October 19

  • Special Topics
    • Making Sugar Clay Flower Muffins
    • ‘K English’ spreads through K-pop
    • Do you know the meaning of these K-pop created neologisms, new words? (What do you think neologisms means? How do you know? What are the three ways we practiced to figure out the meanings of words?)
      • “Choae”
      • “Bolmae”
      • “Maknae”
      • “Ipdeok”
      • “Taldeok”
      • hocance
      • Do you feel old now?
    • Tteokbokki voted No. 1 comfort food amid pandemic
      • What does “comfort food” mean?
      • Do you have a comfort food?
      • What do you “reach for” when you want comfort food?
        • Can you guess what Americans reach for as comfort food?
      • What “triggers” your desire for comfort food?
      • When and where do you eat your comfort food?
      • How do you feel afterwards?

October 12

October 5

  • Special Topics
    • Season’s First Ice Reported on Mt. Seorak
      • It’s the first time the temperature fell below zero during the fall season this year.
      • Compared to last year, the first ice at Seorak came four days early.
        • Is “four days early” significant?
        • Do you think this winter will be colder than average, warmer than average, or about average?
    • Discussion Graphics- 1

September 28

  • Special Topics
    • Design your own Bingo game
    • How would you make your own Bingo cards?
    • Where would you start?
      • Goals
    • What would you put on your Bingo cards?
      • B – Numbers: math operations
      • I – Colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, white, gold, silver, pink,
      • N – Animals: dog, cat, cow, sheep, horse, pig, chicken, octopus,
      • G – Fruits & Vegetables
      • O – Jobs: teacher, police officer, fire fighter, pilot, bus driver, mail carrier, doctor, scientist, sales clerk
    • Simple Card Games
      • War
      • Go Fish
      • Crazy-8s
  • Korea’s Peak Foliage Season
  • LG Electronics to Release Hair Growth Helmet

September 21

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