Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL December Chapter Meeting & Year-End Dinner

Saturday, December 9, 2017 (All day)
Pilmun-daero 55 (Punghyang-dong 1-1) Buk-gu
61204 Gwangju
South Korea
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
010-2689-6197 (L. Herron)

Gwangju-Jeonnam Chapter December Meeting

––– Morning Reflective Practice Session –––

Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (2nd Sat., Dec. 9)
Location: Coffee Lab Mujii (formerly Aldersgate). Near GNUE, on ground floor of 광주우리교회 Building. Map at bottom.)
ㅡ Topic: Deal Yourself a Card (A Reflection Card)
ㅡ Facilitators: Maria Lisak & Lisa Cacaus


Time: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, 1:45 - 5:00 pm
Location: Gwangju National University of Education (GNUE), Teacher Training Center (교사교육센터) 1st Floor; Room 811. Detailed directions HERE.

1:45 pm: Sign-in and Meet-and-Greet    (Admission: Free for newcomers. Membership welcomed.)

2:00 - 2:50 pm: Presentation 1
Roleplaying for the Classroom
Ingrid Zwaal (Jeonju University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk)

2:50 - 3:15 pm: Refreshment Break

3:15 - 4:05 pm: Presentation 2
What Color Is Your Personality? - And Other Ideas That Work

Allison Bill (Jeonju University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk)

4:15 - 4:45 pm: Swap-Shop Presentations
Share your Teaching Ideas, Classroom Activities, and Teaching Wisdom with the group.
(Everyone is encouraged to share. Short tidbits are welcomed. Handouts also welcomed.)

4:45 - 5:00 pm: Announcements / Drawing for Door Prizes / Closing

5:30 - 8:00 pm: Year-End Holiday Dinner

Venue: GNUE - Gwangju National University of Education (교사교육센터, Room 814; 1st Floor)
Dinner Menu: Roasted Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie, and More!
Register online by December 6 to save money!
Registration & Fees: 

Members: 10,000 won for online pre-registration (12,000 won onsite)
Non-members: 13,000 won for online pre-registration (15,000 won onsite)
Children (ages 6-11): 6,000 won (8,000 won onsite)
Online pre-registration will be open through December 6.

Photo credit: "Carving turkey-02" by Dinner Series - Carving Set by Match Pewter auf flickr. Licensed under CC BY
2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Presentation Summaries and Presenter Bio-sketches
Roleplaying for the Classroom

Ingrid Zwaal

Roleplay can be much more than setting up a shop and selling things to customers. Most of us have roleplayed during our childhood. What role plays did you play? What was the purpose of roleplay in your youth? So how do we bring it to the ESL classroom? Why should we? What is the difference between drama and roleplay? Learn how to teach students how to participate in simple roleplays and go from there to whatever your class needs.

This presentation will be part lecture but mostly workshop with the participants roleplaying to practice English in different ways and then gathering ideas on how to make more roleplays for their classroom needs. Most teachers will discover that students will start by following their teacher's instructions, but then the role play can and often does take on a life of its own. If the students don't have the vocabulary they will ask the teacher, so they can communicate their ideas and keep the adventure going. A little Korean is allowed. Teachers will be surprised how many words their students really know and how exciting English can be! This is for young learners but also can be for low-level older students (even university students) who lack confidence, or just to bring fun to any classroom.

The Presenter
  Ingrid Zwaal, MSEd, has been teaching in Korea forever. She currently works at Jeonju University after seventeen years at two other universities. For sixteen years she had been teacher training for elementary teachers.  She had the pleasure of training the English tour guides at Hanok Village for a few years. She has a rescue dog; Adam, a Westie; and Boris, a Scottie. Two birds and two fish complete her zoo. Ingrid plays competitive volleyball with a university student team. She writes a weekly column in English for a local newspaper, and she has an extensive puppet collection.

What Color Is Your Personality - And Other Ideas That Work!

Allison Bill

You already have a textbook for your class, but it's getting boring...
You don't know how to spice it up...
You want to get your students out of their seats and interacting with each other...

Here are eight activities that will get your students talking, such as when they debate whether liking the color red makes them aggressive. The activities are a break from the book, and they are ready for you to take into your classroom on Monday morning. Some can be used as ice-breakers, or as a way to move students into new groups. Others can be used for longer group work.

I have used these activities with middle school students, with university students, as well as with in-service teachers. They can be adapted to match students of almost any age or ability level. The students have fun with them, and so do I.

Be prepared to participate in partner and group work in this workshop.

What colour is YOUR personality?

The Presenter
  Allison Bill started her own second language learning at the age of 5. She completed her BEd in Elementary French Education at the University of Ottawa, and her MA TESL/TEFL at St. Michael’s College in Vermont.  She is currently in the dissertation stage of an EdD at Anaheim University.  Allison has taught FSL in Canada, and EFL in France and South Korea. She is a native of Ottawa, Canada. She has lived in Korea since 2000, and teaches at Jeonju University. Allison is a long-time member of Jeonju-North Jeolla KOTESOL. Email:
Photo: The Gwangju National University of Education (GNUE / 광주교육대학교), Teacher Training Center (교사교육센터), venue for our main meeting - 1st floor, Room 811.