Daegu-Gyeongbuk Late Summer Workshop Review

The August Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL meeting kicked off once again after taking a break in July for summer vacation. The meeting began with a quick presentation from Scott (Son Saerom 손새롬) from Express Publishing and he gave an outline about a range of new books based on vocational teaching for English for Specific Purposes. For more information about these books, check out the following website: or contact Scott directly at: 010-5301-2570 /

The first presenter was Nathan Galster who spoke on 'Media-based Langauge Learning'....

By Webeditor Daegu on August 25, 2016 - 11:25am | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL March Workshop Review + PDF

Last weekend, Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL members trekked over to Dongseongro in Downtown Daegu to join our monthly workshop at Elmo Study Café despite the exhaustion of back-to-school week and the less than favorable weather conditions. It must have been because they were interested in what Dr. David Shaffer has experienced throughout his long career teaching English in Korea, which he began in the 1970s.

Attendees enjoyed the side by side comparisons of teaching in English in Korea then and now that Dr. Shaffer presented during his lecture English Education in Korea: Looking Back,...

By Webeditor Daegu on March 13, 2016 - 6:10pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu-Gyeongbuk Monthly Workshops: Call for Presentations

Daegu-Gyeongsangbuk KOTESOL chapter has a brand new location at ELMO study café conveniently located near subway, buses, and parking in downtown Daegu:

We want to encourage a greater number of shorter presentations at our monthly workshops: approximately 30 minutes on practical English Language Teaching theory and practice - especially topics that are relevant to ELT in Korea.

We offer an open and enthusiastic environment to hone your presentation skills and also welcome first-time presenters.

IF you are interested, please send:...

By Webeditor Daegu on January 17, 2016 - 6:42pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL January 2016 Workshop Review + PDF Files

The Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL Chapter successfully rang in the new year last Saturday, January 9th, with a new location, fresh faces, and the welcoming of our new chapter president, Jeroen Root. Along with enjoying two engaging workshops given by presenters Jeroen Root and Will Wickham, everyone had a great time networking and learning about opportunities such as upcoming conferences, our local special interest group, and how to better connect with other Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL members.

The meeting was held at Elmo Study Café in order to make the workshop programs more accessible to...

By Webeditor Daegu on January 15, 2016 - 5:30pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Jeroen Root, Daegu-Gyeongbuk Chapter President 2016

Congratulations are in order for Jeroen Root who was sworn in as president of the KOTESOL Daegu-Gyeongbuk Chapter at the monthly workshop meeting on Saturday, January 9th, 2016.

Jeroen Root is currently a Visiting Professor at Kyungpook National University in Daegu. He holds a Master’s in TESOL from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and his professional interests include second language reading and writing, project-based learning, assessment, and gifted education as well as reflective practice and teacher development.

With the official handing over of the Robert’s...

By Webeditor Daegu on January 14, 2016 - 12:12pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Review of January 2015 Daegu-Gyeongbuk Workshop

What with the Winter vacation and so many of us being away for a while, this review is a little late - my apologies!

Our January workshop was one of my personal favourites to date, with a wonderful presentation on reflective practice in the classroom by David Harbinson. He lead the workshop by asking several questions of the attendees about their own teaching experiences, and guiding them through the process of reflecting on, planning for, applying new ideas to and evaluating their own lessons.  This strategy seems invaluable to anyone wishing to make the most of their teaching...

By Webeditor Daegu on February 23, 2015 - 1:51pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu KOTESOL November 2014 Workshop Review

Thanks go to Kasham Laîné of Daegu University who presented at the November workshop on Saturday 1st on the topic of pronunciation. Kasham (pronounced exactly as it looks!) drew on her experience spanning over 10 years in the ELT field including time spent specifically teaching pronunciation for the armed forces in Korea.

In this workshop, Kasham elicited a great deal of participation from the attendees who shared their experiences identifying the unique challenges that Korean students face when learning English pronunciation. This led into discussion on common approaches to...

By Webeditor Daegu on November 2, 2014 - 8:26pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

2015 Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL Leadership

Dear English teachers and ELT professionals in and around the Daegu-Gyeongbuk area,

KOTESOL has always thrived through active participation by the foreign and Korean teacher community it serves. So now, as we are progressing into the final few months of 2014, we encourage friends and supporters of KOTESOL to get involved with our local chapter and raise your hand to actively steer the future of KOTESOL in Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do. Candidates are now being invited for the Daegu-Gyeongbuk executive team for 2015.

Executive Member Roles:

Chapter President Vice President...
By Webeditor Daegu on September 22, 2014 - 8:03am | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu KOTESOL September 2014 Workshop Review

After the hot summer break, followed almost immediately by Chuseok, the Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL Chapter got back on track with our monthly workshop on Saturday 13th September. This time featuring two presenters: KNU professor Michael Kealey on the topic of ‘Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL)’, and Daegu University's Pat King on ‘Motivational Strategies for English Language Teaching’.

In this workshop, Michael gave us a brief history lesson leading up to the current state-of-the-art in MALL with a hint of what to expect in the not-too-distant future. Additionally, there was...

By Webeditor Daegu on September 15, 2014 - 7:49pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu KOTESOL May 2014 Workshop Review

Due to the long weekend in the first week of May, the Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL chapter assembled on the second Saturday in May for a highly interactive and engaging presentation by Dan Svoboda of Daegu Catholic University.

With his MA in English Literature and years of experience teaching all ages, Dan’s presentation entitled ‘What Makes a Great Lesson?” had me initially expecting a ‘magic bullet’ that would miraculously transform my future classes.  However, in a very adroit manner,  Dan didn’t simply prescribe quick fixes. Instead, by asking engaging questions, he soon had the...

By Webeditor Daegu on May 11, 2014 - 9:28pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu KOTESOL April 2014 Workshop Review

There was a great turnout of enthusiastic educators at this month's Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL chapter meeting on Saturday, April 5th at 3pm.

Hyoeng Jun Chae (MA TESOL) who is currently a teacher at Okgok elementary school in Gyeongsan, led an interactive and activity-driven workshop based on his professional research interests, including: academic writing; visualizing language learning; cognitive psychology and language instruction; and computer-assisted language learning.

Mr. Chae's presentation focussed on Visualizing Language Learning (VLL) and he explained that as students...

By Webeditor Daegu on April 6, 2014 - 9:12pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu KOTESOL March 2014 Workshop Review

The Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL Chapter met on Saturday, March 8th (the second Saturday as opposed to the usual first Saturday in March due to a public holiday) for our monthly workshop. This month featured the topic Debate for English Language Learning presented by Jeroen Root of Kyungpook National University, Daegu.

Jeroen explained that debate is an excellent activity for language learning because it engages all four skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) as well as introducing learners to presentation and public speaking while encouraging critical thinking skills and...

By Webeditor Daegu on March 9, 2014 - 8:16pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu KOTESOL January 2014 Workshop Review

The Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL Chapter met on Saturday, January 4th for our monthly workshop, this time on the topic of professional development and teaching portfolios by Rob Dickey of Keimyung Univesity, Daegu.

In this workshop, Rob introduced the purposes of teaching portfolios and outlined the content that educators may like to include in their working and display portfolios. This then becomes an invaluable professional resource for future employment opportunities as well as a record of your teaching experiences for reflection and planning for future growth.

In a nutshell, a...

By Webeditor Daegu on January 5, 2014 - 12:16pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Kirsty Clausen, Daegu-Gyeongbuk Chapter President 2014

Congratulations go to Kirsty Clausen who was ‘sworn in’ as president of KOTESOL Daegu-Gyeongbuk Chapter at the monthly workshop meeting on Saturday 4th January, 2014.

Kirsty has been living and teaching English in Korea for approximately 6 years. She has worked with all levels of students from kindergarten through to adults. She is currently employed at Kyungpook National University in Daegu and is enjoying teaching the "Freshman English Program" to first year students.

With the official handing over of the ‘Roberts Rules of Order’, Kirsty takes over from Heebon Park-Finch...

By Webeditor Daegu on January 5, 2014 - 11:20am | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu KOTESOL December Workshop Review

On the first Saturday in December, the Daegu-Gyeongbuk chapter of KOTESOL was treated to an engaging and interactive presentation by Kirsty Clausen of Kyungpook National University for the last workshop of 2013.

Entitled 'Building Community in the Classroom', Kirsty encouraged lots of thought and discussion on the subject of relationship building and enhancing the social aspect of our classes to improve motivation, also known as "Relationship-driven teaching."

While touching on the issue of treading the line between being professional and building positive relationships with...

By Webeditor Daegu on December 14, 2013 - 2:37pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu KOTESOL November Workshop Review

On Saturday, November 2, 2013 our presenter Dr. Steve Garrigues of Kyungpook National University (KNU) presented on the topic: Cultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning English in Korea. With both an MA and PhD in cultural anthropology and having been with KNU since 1986, Dr. Garrigues has a great deal of insight and experience to offer language teachers in South Korea.

In this presentation, the attendees were encouraged to actively share experiences with language and culture as well as any difficulties or even outright culture shock they may have encountered during their time in...

By Webeditor Daegu on November 6, 2013 - 12:26am | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu KOTESOL July Workshop Review

On the first Saturday of July, KOTESOL’s Daegu-Gyeongbuk chapter members were treated to not one but FOUR presenters: Kirsty Clausen, Anne Hendler, Chelsea Pyper, and Jeroen Root.

On the topic of ‘The Teacher as Counselor’, Kirsty Clausen led an interactive presentation that involved the audience in active discussion about the different roles we as teachers play in the language learning classroom. With a focus on the role of ‘counsellor’, Kirsty encouraged the audience to think critically about our dynamic roles as educators that promoted a variety of thoughts and feedback from the...

By Webeditor Daegu on July 18, 2013 - 2:58pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu KOTESOL June Workshop Review

At the June Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL chapter meeting, we were treated to numerous tips and strategies to support our learners preparing for the National English Ability Test (NEAT) by Stephen Lamb. With over eight years of experience spent mostly in the public secondary school context, Stephen brought his experience and TESOL background to bear on the issue of preparing students of all ability levels to achieve better scores on the NEAT – particularly on the productive skills of speaking and writing.   Stephen started by acknowledging some of the potential issues with published guides...
By Webeditor Daegu on June 10, 2013 - 9:27pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu KOTESOL May Workshop Review

On Saturday, May 4th Professor Grace Wang of Yonsei University presented seven principles for motivating shy learners. Six were from "Learning to listen; Learning to teach" by Jane Vella and the seventh comes via HD Brown. These principles involve facilitating:

safety (trust) a sound relationship (rapport) using sequence and reinforcement  immediacy (based on learner needs and wishes and making sure they understand the purpose of the activity) teamwork (trust and accountability) development of intrinsic motivation (built through reflective writing) where the role of the teacher is more...
By Webeditor Daegu on May 9, 2013 - 9:10pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu KOTESOL April Workshop Review

Another ‘first Saturday of the month’ Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL workshop has come and gone with a super-hero, action-packed presentation by Amanda Maitland of Chonbuk National University, Jeonju. Director of TESOL Teacher-Training and Education, Amanda Maitland demonstrated how learning through play can develop a dialogue between the teacher and student that can fuel creative thought, raising students’ self-esteem, encouraging a greater complexity of thought and triggering discussions of morality and the general level of communicative ability in the classroom. Slides from her presentation...

By Webeditor Daegu on April 7, 2013 - 12:31pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more

Daegu KOTESOL March Workshop Review

KOTESOL Daegu-Gyeongbuk chapter has restarted monthly workshops on the first Saturday in March after with a very interactive and practical presentation by Leonie Overbeek 

An English teacher in South Korea since 2007 and teacher trainer before that, Leonie presented on the topic of 'Vocabulary Games: What, Why and How.' In particular, Leonie drew attention to the difference between activities vs. games and playing vs. play as well as stressing the importance of determining the roles and the rules of play.

This workshop was wonderfully 'hands-on' and encouraged participation...

By Webeditor Daegu on March 4, 2013 - 5:52pm | 0 Comments | Daegu-Gyeongbuk |Read more