Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL February Chapter Meeting

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 13:45
광주교육대학교 (Gwangju Univ. of Ed.)
1-1 Punghyang-dong Buk-gu
61204 Gwangju , Gwangju Metropolitan City
South Korea
Gwangju Metropolitan City KR
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Contact Phone: 
010-2689-6197 (L. Herron)

Gwangju-Jeonnam Chapter February Meeting


Time: 2nd Saturday, February 10, 2018, 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
No-Prep Activities: How to Do Less While Your Students Produce More!
ㅡ Maria Lisak (Chosun University, Gwangju)

2:50 - 3:15 pm: Refreshment Break

3:15 - 4:05 pm: Presentation 2
From Reading to Thinking: Teaching Reading Comprehension
ㅡ Jessica Magnusson (Gwangju Natl. University of Education)

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 [up to 5-6 min. each]. Short tidbits are welcomed. Handouts also welcomed.)

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

Presentation Summary and Presenter Biodata
No-Prep Activities: How to Do Less While Your Students Produce More!

By Maria Lisak

While many people think that teaching English as a foreign, other, or second language is like the scene from Stripes (singing "Da Do Run Run"), classroom teachers know that there is a lot that goes into a class: the preparation, the material making, the scaffolding strategies, the follow up, the feedback, the grading, the reports, and all the administration that schools and bureaucrats need to fulfill legal obligations or get funding. A recurrent reflective practice question in our community of teachers has been: How can I do less while my students do more? This workshop is a chance for us to share some no-prep activities with each other to build our repertoire of instant teaching solutions. The facilitator will be sharing some tips and tricks to help you elicit student production while reducing prep and follow up

The Presenter

Maria Lisak is celebrating her 22nd anniversary of her first steps in South Korea this month. From the Midwest in the US, her Chicago accent still plagues her Korean pronunciation. In answering the question that a Korean colleague asked her last semester, she is still here because she can live a simple life while pursuing her love of learning in a community that values education. She has been teaching public administration and social welfare at Chosun University since 2012. You can check out her degree pedigree on her blog:


From Reading to Thinking: Teaching Reading Comprehension

By Jessica Magnusson

Abstract coming soon.

The Presenter

Jessica Magnusson earned a Master of TESOL from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA.  She has taught general English courses, graduate school courses, teacher training courses, children’s English courses, and special programs for Gwangju National University of Education since 2011.  She has also taught at DongNam Health University in Suwon for three years. Prior to coming to Korea, she taught for four years in China. Her interests include hiking and foreign language studies.

Photo: The Gwangju National University of Education (GNUE / 광주교육대학교), Teacher Training Center (교사교육센터), venue for our main meeting ㅡ 1st floor, Room 811.