Thursday, October 6, 2011


Below are some of Hye-Yeon Lim main points from “Successful Classroom Discussions with Adult Korean ESL/EFL Learners“.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with them? Why?
  • Korean students tend not to speak much in class, appear reserved, rarely ask questions, and do not express opinions.
  • These behaviors can be taken by teachers as signs of disinterest or lack of motivation.
  • When students miss the teacher's comments, students tend to believe that that is their own fault. Students tend to believe that a teacher is a person who knows everything.
  • Students don't want the teacher to get embarrassed when a teacher can't answer a student's question.
  • Korean students tend to be more comfortable when they behave in similar ways to others so that they can stay in the group boundaries that have been created. Koreans tend to value their identities more in a group than as an individual.
  • When they realize that they have made mistakes, they get embarrassed. Teachers may notice that Korean students tend to speak to themselves silently when they have to speak in turn. That is one way to practice so that they can produce perfect sentences when they have their turns.
  • Although students easily conceive of a teacher as an authority figure who corrects their mistakes all the time, teachers should note that correcting mistakes frequently can also increase the level of anxiety and discourage students' participation in group work.
  • Because most students are not used to such interactions and speaking, a whole class discussion is somewhat intimidating to students.
  • Gender also plays an important role. Age related tensions are less prominent among women. In fact, younger women will be more comfortable being grouped with other older women than with other men
  • In the process of shifting the center from a teacher to students by encouraging discussion, students may perceive that a teacher is not knowledgeable enough to lead the class or feel that they cannot learn from peers.

What comments from Basha & Christine (or other bloggers) caught your attention?
(e.g. hand washing, toilet paper, school lunches, allergies, discipline)
Were you offended, bothered, impressed, made proud, or confused by any?
Which do you agree or disagree with?

 Korea through the eyes of foreigners - Likes & Dislikes

- Each person in a group will get a different handout.  On one side are likes and on the other sides dislikes expressed by a non-Korean resident.  After reading the handouts, group members share and discuss what they read.

Videos about teaching in Korea

  • Find materials (blog posts, articles, videos, etc.) in which Koreans express challenges,joys, frustrations, like, dislikes, and opinions about their experiences living 'out of culture'. These can be in Korean or English.  Be prepared to summarize them and discuss them next class.
  • Please send an email to pufslebow at gmail dot com from your gmail account. 
  • After registering for Diigo, go to:  and click 'Join Group'.
    To add the 'Blue D' go to Diigo Tools Page

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