ESL Teaching Resources

So you’ve got the job, have moved (or are preparing to move) to Korea, and now you’re finally ready to start teaching! Teaching English as a second language is challenging, but can also be fun and rewarding. It’s best to always be prepared for anything–classes being cancelled, extra classes being thrown your way, or impromptu tutoring sessions. In order to stay prepared, here are some of our favorite sites that will help you along the way.

Students in Korea

Teaching Resources & Lesson Plans

  • Waygook: This site has a plethora of information about life in Korea, as well as downloadable lesson plans and teaching tips. You’ll need to register and make the required 5 posts or pay $10 before you can download the material. We think this is the most comprehensive site for lesson planning and getting advice about life in Korea.
  • Boggles World ESL: This website has loads of lesson plans, including a lot of resources for teaching adults and higher-level speaking classes.
  • Dave’s ESL Cafe: This site includes job boards, lesson plan ideas, extra materials for students and much more!
  • Super Simple Songs: This site is great for finding easy songs for younger students.
  • ESL-Kids: Here you’ll find a lot of worksheets, flashcards, songs and more to help teach younger kids and lower-level English students.
  • The Arrival Store: This shop has a small selection of English-language games for ESL students.

I’m sure there are many more out there, but these are the ones we use most often. I hope you have found them helpful! Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or comments.

Click here to visit The Arrival Store

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10 Responses to “ESL Teaching Resources”

  1. EFLJjobs November 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Those resources are truly useful. You can’t really see what lies ahead on your way on teaching,whether it’s your first time or not those resources would truly help you a lot.

    • Andrea November 10, 2012 at 11:45 am #

      Thank you! We learned a lot on the job, so I’m happy to help out other new ESL teachers!

  2. Rhiannon December 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Hi Andrea!

    I’ve been reading your entries all day about life and teaching and South Korea. I’m planning on teaching there next year and reading all about your experience has definitely calmed my nerves and made me much more excited to finally move to Korea. I was a little bit nervous about being a first time teacher with no experience but I think I should be just fine and now I can’t wait to be there and take the leap into the great unknown haha. Thank you so much for these teaching resources and stories about life in Korea! 🙂

    • Andrea January 3, 2015 at 10:03 am #

      I’m so happy you found our stories helpful! You’re in for a life changing experience, that’s for sure 🙂 I too was a first time teacher with no experience, but I found my way and so will you. Just know that not every day is going to be amazing — it’s hard work to live in another country — but overall, the experience is so worth it. Make the best of your time in Korea, go on lots of adventures, eat everything in sight and have fun! Don’t hesitate to email if you have any questions 🙂 Good luck!

    • Katherine September 22, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

      Please share some of your experience! 🙂

  3. My Life! Teaching in a Korean University October 12, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    I’m all about Breaking News English. So,so, so good if you teach adults or in a university and want to do some discussion stuff.
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    • Andrea October 14, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

      Thanks for sharing!

  4. JB March 12, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    Nice list! I really like, especially the forums.
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    • Andrea March 17, 2016 at 11:04 pm #

      Thanks! It’s always nice to have resources when you’re living and working in a new country 🙂

  5. Tony Z January 25, 2017 at 9:57 am #

    Waygook for sure is my go-to source for all things Korea.
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