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Bio's - Trainers

George Settlemir

George Settlemir is a public school teacher at the elementary and middle school levels and a district coordinator in Gangwondo, South Korea. He is originally from the United States, but he has been working in public schools in Korea for more than half a decade. His undergraduate work was in business (Economics) and he is currently studying for his Masters in TESOL. He is very active in the local TESOL community, presenting on everything from classroom management to project-based learning at various workshops and conferences around Korea. His professional interests are gamification, project...

Heidi Vande Voort Nam

Heidi Vande Voort Nam holds an MA TESL/TEFL from the University of Birmingham. She currently teaches in the Department of English Education at Chongshin University, where she prepares English education majors for student teaching and for the national English teachers’ exam. Heidi also teaches beginner-level general English courses, including special courses for North Korean and Chinese students. Within KOTESOL, Heidi serves as a presenter for Korea Teacher Trainers (KTT) and facilitates KOTESOL’s Christian Teachers Special Interest Group (CT SIG), a group that hosts meetings and online...

Leonie Overbeek

Leonie Overbeek currently teaches at two middle schools where she works with teenagers from 13 to 16 years old. She has qualifications in analytical chemistry, chemical engineering and Value & Policy Studies, holding an M.Phil from Stellenbosch Unversity. After more than 20 years in the science field, she switched to her other great love, language. She taught both TEFL and TEYL teachers for two years in South Africa before coming to South Korea. She can be reached at lionafrica@gmail.com                                                           

Understanding Teenagers

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Michael Free

Michael Free holds Masters degrees in TEFL (University of Birmingham) and Arts (McMaster University). His professional interests include content-based instruction, English as a lingua franca, and humanist education. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Gangneung-Wonju National University (Gangneung). Email:  michaelfree63@gmail.com 

Presentation List

Classroom Management: Gesture and Interaction.

Writing: Using Korean Poetry in the Writing Classroom.

Language-based Activities Using the (non-electronic) Board.

Pronunciation: Approaches to Teaching...

Robert J. Dickey

Robert J. Dickey has been teaching and exploring English in Korea since 1994. His particular interests include simplicity and appropriacy in teaching, content-based instruction, pronunciation, and culture. Rob is a past president of KOTESOL. He has been active in research and publication for several years, including several years as KOTESOL's Publications Committee Chair and a term as facilitator of the Teacher Education/Development SIG. He teaches in the School of Pubilc Service (Public Administration program) at Keimyung University in Daegu...

Tim Thompson

Tim Thompson is a Visiting Professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.  He has been teaching in South Korea for more than eleven years and holds an MA in TESOL and a BBA in Marketing. Tim enjoys teaching Business English, presentation skills, and sharing his experiences with other educators.  You can find his articles in publications such as ESL Magazine, KATE Forum, The English Connection, and English Teaching Professional Magazine...

Tory Thorkelson

Tory S. Thorkelson (BA, B.Ed., M.Ed. in TESL/TEFL) is a proud Canadian who has been an active KOTESOL member since 1998 and has presented at or worked on many local and international conferences. He is a Past-President for Seoul Chapter  and Immediate Past-President of KOTESOL (2008-2009) as well as an active KTT member. His 9-5 job is as an Associate Professor for Hanyang University’s English Language and Literature Program. He has co-authored research studies (see ALAK Journal, December 2001& June, 2003 as well as Education International September 2004 V1-2) and a University level...

Wayne Finley

Wayne Finley has been an active member of the teacher community in Korea since 2010. First teaching children in academies in Seoul and Busan, Wayne then moved to Daejeon to teach adults and university students. Wayne has taught students of all levels, ages and motivation levels and now enjoys giving practical advice to teachers in every classroom setting.

 

Two times the Distinguished Teacher of the Year at Woosong University (2012, 2014), Wayne has a B.A. in English Studies, an M.A. in Film Studies with Screenwriting and is fully TEFL-certified. Outside the classroom, Wayne...