Using English in the English Classroom (UEEC) for Elementary Teachers – December

The 411 on this training program ….

Date(s) : December 13th ~ 15th and 17th, 2022

Number of Trainees: 60 Elementary Teachers

Location: Online via Zoom

This is what we got comin’ at you for December:

Storybook Crash Course: Get Started with Reading in the EFL Classroom

Instructor : Autumn Wright

The elementary school English textbook can be hard to get through for teachers and students. In this module, an alternative to the English textbook, story books, will be presented and discussed so trainees can have ideas about how to utilize them as a fun way to learn English and access to resources so they can develop their lessons.

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Building the Collaborative Skill in the Elementary EFL Classroom

Instructor : Betsey Norman

Building collaboration is more than just putting students together. If this was the case, then collaboration would happen more often. There are tips and techniques to consider when trying to make any assignment or project collaborative. This module takes into consideration a variety of issues when getting students to work together for a common goal.


Presentation Skills for Teachers and Students

Instructor : Chris Sanders

Presentation skills are important to have and needs to be developed. This module provides tips and techniques of how to present well. A variety of issues (body language, voice, eye contact, etc) will be discussed. In addition, trainees will practice their skills so they are able to be confident when in their classes.

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Idioms in Elementary Education

Instructor : Eric Flynn

Idioms and proverbs are not only a fun way to learn language, but also a fun way to learn culture. In this module, trainees will be exposed to lots of idioms, their meanings, and uses in context. It would not be a teaching methodology program if there wasn’t any activities and resources that can help teach idioms and proverbs to elementary school students. Trainees definitely will get those too.


Eco Education in the Elementary Classroom

Instructor : Kristina Kauss

The environment is a popular theme in Korean English textbooks. Using the environment as a theme, trainees will learn about theme-based learning and project-based assessment along with many ideas, samples and resources will be shared.

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This is the last GIFLE English program of 2022!! If you were not able to take our training programs this year, then make sure to check us out in 2023. We will update our 2023 Program Calendar soon or you can visit our Korean site for more information.

2022 Using English in English Class (UEEC) Program for Secondary English Teachers – December

What’s this program all about?

SUEEC, as we like to call it, is a teaching methodology-based training program specifically for Secondary English Teachers in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. We encourage all middle and high school English subject teachers to register for this program in order to enhance their knowledge of teaching tips and techniques and attain cool, free lesson ideas and concepts.

We’ve got five different modules coming at you this November, which you can read about below.

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Pop Culture in the English Classroom

Instructor: Autumn Wright

Teens these days spend their days immersed in pop culture, and it’s therefore a super powerful tool to bring into the language learning classroom! In this module, we’ll go over why and how to bring different of elements of pop culture into the English classroom. We’ll mostly focus on practical writing activities you can do with your students that are both fun and engaging. This module is all about meeting students at their own level with their own interests – and how doing so makes the teacher’s job easier, as well.


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Critical Media Literacy in the Global Classroom

Instructor: Betsey Norman

Via Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites, we are constantly surronded with information. How do you know what is fact and opinion? How do you know what is true or false? The answers to these questions along with how to teach critical thinking and media literacy to EFL students will be dealt in this module.


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Creative Writing and Writing Assessment

Instructor: Chris Sanders

Many teachers are familiar with teaching the five paragraph essay. They need to cover introduction, body, conclusion, topic sentences and so on. Instead of teaching this academic style of writing, trainees will learn about various ways to teach creative writing and discuss how to assess these types of assignments.


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Opinion Expression in Products, Media and Services

Instructor: Eric Flynn

Expressing opinions is an important facet of social interaction in any culture. It is especially important in English-speaking countries, where a large amount of focus in placed on the individual’s thoughts regarding pop culture, products, services, and more. A simple glance at YouTube will reveal just how much time is dedicated to expression of one’s opinions on everything from video games to fast food. This module is intended to equip teachers with all the tools needed to make their students adept at expressing their opinions in speaking, writing, and online.


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Eco Education in English Class

Instructor: Kristina Kauss

In most Korean textbooks, there is a section that deals with the environment. Even though each textbook might deal with subject of the environment in a different way, teachers can have a set of activities, assignments, projects and forms of assessment that they can use. This module will offer ideas on the various methods that a teacher utilize when teaching about the environment.


The time, place and people …

Date(s) : Tuesday, December 6th ~ Thursday, Decmber 8th, 2022

Saturday, December 10th, 2022

Location : Live Online Classes via Zoom

Number of Trainees : 60 Secondary English Teachers

As always, if you’re interested in taking this (or any!) of our training programs here at GIFLE, you can register over on our Korean site. We hope to see you soon.

Using English in the English Classroom (UEEC) for Elementary Teachers – November

This is what we got comin’ at you for November:

Quick Writing Activities for the Elementary EFL Classroom

Instructor : Autumn Wright

Ideally, teachers would like to spend lots of time on constructing the perfect lesson for their students. Sometimes, there just isn’t enough time to think through every aspect of a lesson. Teachers need something quick and easy. Trainees will learn some tips and techniques for teaching writing that can be applicable in most Korean textbook units.


Extensive Reading Tools and Tips for the Elementary EFL Classroom

Instructor : Betsey Norman

How can teachers motivate their students to enjoy reading in a second language? This is a question that teachers have had to struggle with for a while. This module tackles this issue with presentations, discussions and suggestions on how to internally motivate students to enjoy reading in English.


How to Use Gamification to Enhance Activities in the Classroom

Instructor : Chris Sanders

What if students are having fun in English class without play games? Many teachers might feel this might be an impossible task but there are methods of gamifying activities or lessons without calling them games. This modules shows you those ways to make lessons fun and engaging without actually setting up and playing games. But you will also get games too (Don’t worry.)


Phonics Methods and Activities

Instructor : Eric Flynn

In this module, teachers will be introduced to phonics and how to teach them to elementary students of all grades. Teachers will be receive lots of ideas and share information on how to teach students how to sound out and/or read English letters and/or words.


Speaking Activities for the Elementary Classroom

Instructor : Kristina Kauss

The above modules have dealt with subjects of reading, writing, games and phonics. This one is the speaking module. Teachers will be exposed to many speaking activities and ways to motivate students to speak in English as much as they can.


Program Information

Date(s) : November 14th ~ 17th and 19th, 2022

Number of Trainees: 60 Elementary Teachers

Location: Online via Zoom (Nov. 14 ~ 17) and off-site location (Nov. 19)

The other round of EUEEC will take place in December, so if you couldn’t make it to the November training, we hope to see you in December or in 2023. As always, you can find more information and sign up on our Korean site.

2022 English Conversation Teachers (ECT) Program

What is learned during the ECT Program?

This program is a teaching methodology-based training program specifically for English Conversation Teachers in Gyeonggi province. All elementary and secondary English subject teachers are encouraged to register for the training program in order to enhance their knowledge of teaching tips and techniques and/or attain lesson ideas and concepts.

This year’s program consists of 5 different modules. The trainees will choose 4 out of 5 modules of their choice. The choices are explained below:

  1. Adapting Activities for Low Level and Multicultural Students (Autumn Wright)

Course Description :

In the Korean EFL classroom, there are two sets of students who can easily get left behind: those with low levels of English and/or those with low levels of Korean. In this module, we’ll discuss how to create and adapt activities for both groups. We’ll go over differentiation and other techniques you can easily implement in your own classroom to make sure every child has the chance to succeed.

2. Connecting Vocabulary Across Units in the Lower Grade Elementary EFL Classroom (Betsey Norman)

Course Description :

In order to keep vocabulary in our long term memory, we need to use it. But often, elementary students use the vocabulary they learn once or twice but then move on to the next set of words. In this module, we will explore how to connect the vocabulary students already know to new vocabulary utilizing authentic projects and activities.

3. Project Ideas for After School Classes (Chris Sanders)

Course Description :

Like all teachers in Gyeonggi Province, English Conversation Teachers may be asked to provide after school instructions at their respective schools. During this time, they may or may not have a set curriculum for them to teach. What should they teach? How can they manage the students during these classes? These are some questions that will be discussed during this module. Tips and techniques on how to design and implement curriculum for after school classes will be presented so the trainees can immediately utilize them in their classroom setting.

4. Effective Classroom Dynamics (Eric Flynn)

Course Description :

Teaching English is about more than just making students better at reading, writing, and speaking. English teachers also need to know proper ways to give feedback to students, strategies for managing group work, how much Korean to use in the classroom, and much more. This module will present teachers with a wide variety of tips to help maximize the effectiveness of their lessons and ultimately equip their students with the tools and mindsets needed for a successful future.

5. Theme-based Learning: Connecting Units with Long-term Themes (Kristina Kauss)

Course Description :

This module will be a step by step guide to theme-based learning. Discussions and presentations will be developed on the idea of how to create theme-based learning in the Korean elementary and secondary education context. Benefits and challenges will be presented along with concrete examples of lessons and projects that have been previously done. Through these discussions, presentations and examples, trainees will be able to create their own ideas on how to create theme-based learning lesson series and teach it in their classrooms.

Program Details

Date(s) : Monday, November 7th ~ Thursday, November 10th, 2022

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Location : Live Online Classes via Zoom

Number of Trainees : 60 elementary and/or secondary English Conversation Teachers

2022 Using English in English Class (UEEC) Program for Secondary English Teachers – November

What’s this program all about?

SUEEC, as we like to call it, is a teaching methodology-based training program specifically for Secondary English Teachers in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. We encourage all middle and high school English subject teachers to register for this program in order to enhance their knowledge of teaching tips and techniques and attain cool, free lesson ideas and concepts.

We’ve got five different modules coming at you this November, which you can read about below.

Pop Culture in the English Classroom

Instructor: Autumn Wright

Teens these days spend their days immersed in pop culture, and it’s therefore a super powerful tool to bring into the language learning classroom! In this module, we’ll go over why and how to bring different of elements of pop culture into the English classroom. We’ll mostly focus on practical writing activities you can do with your students that are both fun and engaging. This module is all about meeting students at their own level with their own interests – and how doing so makes the teacher’s job easier, as well.


Thematic Reading in the EFL Classroom

Instructor: Betsey Norman

In this module, trainees will explore theme-based reading units and how they can help integrate extensive reading into a multi-level classroom. Trainees will engage with the strategies and tools that can be used in conjunction to the TBRI curriculum framework. By the end of the course, trainees will be able to create their own TBRI unit that can be adapted to fit their classroom student proficiency levels and needs.


Essential English for Secondary Classrooms

Instructor: Chris Sanders

This module will look at the need for supplementary essential English classes alongside the current curriculum. We will explore the types of English that can be utilized, implementation and strategies to teach it to students in class. Practice at developing and using essential English activities will be available to the trainees, as well as resources to help choose essential English and incorporate it.


Critical Opinion Expressions

Instructor: Eric Flynn

Expressing opinions is an important facet of social interaction in any culture. It is especially important in English-speaking countries, where a large amount of focus in placed on the individual’s thoughts regarding pop culture, products, services, and more. A simple glance at YouTube will reveal just how much time is dedicated to expression of one’s opinions on everything from video games to fast food. This module is intended to equip teachers with all the tools needed to make their students adept at expressing their opinions in speaking, writing, and online.


Changing Perspectives in the Secondary Classroom

Instructor: Kristina Kauss

In this module, we look at different ways to stimulate active learning with the goal of getting students to participate in discussions and task-based learning in the classroom. We look at regular learning exercises and how to transform them into engaging and challenging activities that even your lowest level students can participate in; though, some students may need extra encouragement.


The time, place and people …

Date(s) : Tuesday, November 1st ~ Thursday, November 3rd, 2022 (online)

Saturday, November 5th, 2022 (in person)

Location : Live Online Classes via Zoom and at GIFLE

Number of Trainees : 60 Secondary English Teachers

As always, if you’re interested in taking this (or any!) of our training programs here at GIFLE, you can register over on our Korean site. We hope to see you soon.

2022 EPIK Teacher Training Program

What is the EPIK Teacher Training Program?

From October 25th to October 27th, around sixty EPIK teachers in Gyeonggi will have the opportunity to participate in the teacher training program. This year, our EPIK teacher training is hosted on online via Zoom. At the training program, teachers will have the opportunity learn and share ideas about teaching methods and the Korean school environment. They also will acquire teaching tips and techniques they can use in their own classroom. Best of all, the EPIK teachers had the opportunity to meet and network with each other.

We really hope you enjoy everything we’ve planned for this training program. Possibly in the future, we will be able to schedule and organize an in-person training program.

Curriculum

Our instructors at GIFLE worked hard to prepare a variety of diverse course offerings for our EPIK trainees. For the 2022 EPIK Teacher Training Program, five different modules were offered. Trainees will have the opportunity to take all five modules.

Detailed information and Course Materials can be viewed here.


Korean Educational Policy and Curriculum Standards – Autumn Wright

In this module, trainees will learn about the curriculum standards and policy surrounding English education in South Korea. They will discuss the education climate as well as the situations in their own schools. Finally, they will learn how to find and adapt supplemental materials for their classrooms following the discussed educational policy and standards.


Diversity and Inclusion – Betsey Norman

Trainees will be engaging with multicultural education policy and practice in South Korea and exploring best practices in diversity and how they can relate to the South Korean context. Discussion and analysis of diversity and inclusion in South Korea will be supplemented by tools, model activities and the creation of a multicultural education plan for action.


Writing Lessons and Activities – Chris Sanders

This module will look at various writing strategies that EPIK teachers can implement in their classes as well as types of writing, such as academic or creative. We will also explore assessments for writing. Trainees can discuss designing syllabi, lesson plans and choosing objectives for writing classes. 


Verbal Scaffolding Strategies – Eric Flynn

Verbal scaffolding is a rudimentary technique crucial to getting students to produce English. However, we often fail to consider or utilize this strategy as much as we should. This module will help bring greater awareness to this technique and hone trainees’ skill in implementing it. 


Vocabulary Building Strategies and Tools – Kristina Kauss

This module provides trainees with tips, discussions and resources for identifying, using and reinforcing vocabulary learning skills. Included are adaptable classroom tasks and tools, as well as edu tech tools and other resources. 

2022 English Conversation Program Round 2

What is the English Conversation Program (ECP)?

The English Conversation Program (ECP) is a two week program for teachers in any elementary, middle, or high school in Gyeonggi Province who want to improve their English proficiency skills. The goals of the program are to enhance English language skills by learning about different topics, cultivate cultural knowledge of English-speaking countries, and, of course, to develop motivation and interest to further study English.

This year, we’ll have a few different rounds of ECP – the first one took place in the spring and the second one happened in October. Sadly, the English Conversation Program is over for this year, but next year (2023) we’ll be offering at least a few rounds of it. Follow us over on LinkedIn or check out our Korean website for more up-to-date information about this program; it sells out seats faster than a BTS concert so you’ll need to act quickly!

What kind of courses do you offer in the ECP?

We’re offering three different levels of courses this year. You can read more about each course below

Beginner Level Class: Interaction of the Week with Eric Flynn and Kristina Kauss


In the beginner-level class, trainees will learn the basics of English conversation and interaction from experienced educators Eric and Kristina. Trainees will go from giving basic introductions all the way to giving opinions. Along the way they’ll talk about weather and sports, give directions, and order food from cafes and restaurants.

To sample the materials for this course, click here.

Intermediate Level Classes: Coffee Shop English with Autumn Wright and Chris Sanders


In this course, we’ll go over practical English that you could overhear at any coffee shop in an English-speaking country, with topics like health, pop culture, and family. We’ll learn new vocabulary, idioms, and ways to communicate in an authentic, modern way. Every week we’ll incorporate a game or activity to help you learn the new vocabulary and idioms in fun, engaging ways.

To sample the materials for this course, click here.

Advanced Level Class: Current Events and Contemporary Issues with Betsey Norman


In the advanced level class, trainees will explore deep topics and relevant issues. They will then discuss their opinions, as well as gain new insights provided by the course content.

To sample the materials for this course, click here.

Using English in the English Classroom – Elementary (EUEEC) – October

EUEEC (Using English in the English Classroom for Elementary) is a methodology program for elementary school teachers within Gyeonggi Province in South Korea. During this program, we’ll go over basic skills to use in the elementary school classroom; talk about how to flesh out an elementary school textbook chapter into a robust, engaging lesson; and, of course, give our participants some fun, practical activities they can easily implement into the classroom.

We’ve got a few rounds of EUEEC this year (the first was actually back in January!) and the next one took place from October 11th.

Here’s what we did in October.

Additionally, you can look back at what we did in April here.

Autumn’s module was all about quick, fun formative assessments that teachers can use to figure out their students understanding in the classroom. She went over formative assessment techniques, how to get feedback to students quickly, and, of course, had a lot of discussion time to get real practical ideas and tips from teachers actually in the classroom.


Betsey’s module looked at Critical Multicultural Education, how it differs from traditional Multicultural Education and the transformative teaching practices that are embedder in the pedagogy. Trainees also looked at why Multicultural Education is needed in the Korean Elementary and EFL classrooms and the challenges associated with Multicultural Education teaching. Trainees were asked to reflect and share about their own teaching practices and prepare an Action Plan for future goals related to Multicultural Education in their own classroom.


In Eric’s EUEEC session, trainees learned all about teaching Western culture in their classrooms. They learned the benefits, pitfalls, and methods, as well as a variety of activities they can use in their schools.


In the Classroom English Module taught by Chris, trainees identified Classroom English, discuss strategies on how to teach it and chose expressions that are suitable for each grade. They also looked at some examples and trainees had the chance to create their own table for reference and use for the future


In this module Kristina introduced different ways to motivate and get students to actively participate in speaking and task-based learning the classroom. It looked at taking regular learning exercises and making them into engaging and challenging activities that even the lowest level student couldparticipate in.

The other rounds of EUEEC will take place in November, and December, so if you couldn’t make it to the October training, we hope to see you later in the year. As always, you can find more information and sign up on our Korean site.

2022 Intensive Teacher Training Program

It’s here.

Our most intensive program of the year: ITTP.

ITTP, or Intensive Teacher Training Program, is a six-month-long training program for both primary and secondary teachers in Gyeonggi-do. It’s for the keenest, most passionate educators we could find. We won’t lie to you – it’s not easy to get into, and once it starts, it only gets harder. It isn’t all grim though: ITTP is rewarding both on a personal level and in terms of what you as an educator can take away into your classroom.

What Are the ITTP Topics For This Year?

As mentioned before, we have two tracks this year: one for elementary and one for secondary.

The elementary track is all about CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning). We’ll be taking a deep, deep dive into developing this type of curriculum, including creating CLIL lesson plans, weekly curriculum, projects, and even how to design rubrics with CLIL in mind. We’ll also be exploring how to incorporate picture books into the CLIL classrooms, and, of course, gather ideas from educators around Korea for how to foster language acquisition in elementary school students.

The secondary track focuses on taking a literary approach to creative writing. Trainees will be asked to engage with a particular text, honing in on one or two of the literary elements to extrapolate into a creative writing unit that includes both assessment and feedback. Later on, trainees will look at culutrally responsive education and integrated teaching methods. We’ll also get to read some fun YA books – Fault in Our Stars and Coraline sound good to anybody?

There’s a ton more information surrounding ITTP – enough that we had to create another full website surrounding it. Here you can find schedules, the books we lovingly wrote, homework, and more. Click here!

Using English in the English Classroom – Elementary (EUEEC) – April

EUEEC (Using English in the English Classroom for Elementary) is a methodology program for elementary school teachers within Gyeonggi Province in South Korea. During the April program, we went over basic skills to use in the elementary school classroom; talked about how to flesh out an elementary school textbook chapter into a robust, engaging lesson; and, of course, gave our participants some fun, practical activities they can easily implement into the classroom.

We’ve got a few rounds of EUEEC this year (the first was actually back in January!) but the next one will take place August 4-5.

During the April round of EUEEC, we mostly focused on teachers who were new to the English classroom, and who needed a crash course in English teaching basics. We did modules on reading, writing, phonics, speaking, and vocabulary. Here’s the gritty details.

In the reading module taught by Autumn, trainees learned how to start using story and picture books in their own classroom. We went over some strategies for how to engage students, increase reading comprehension and – of course – to make reading time enjoyable for all.


In the writing module taught by Betsey, trainees looked at how to plan and implement extended writing activities based on the target language in the 5th grade English curriculum. Example activities were analyzed for objective and purpose before trainees had time to create their own activity with their group members.


In the phonics module taught by Eric, trainees learned about the steps of the phonics teaching process. We also talked about how to organize games and activities for phonics, and even how to incorporate picture books for phonics practice.


In the vocabulary module taught by Chris, trainees examined current vocabulary teaching strategies, learned how to implement new methods, and examined and modify current elementary level activities to enhance vocabulary learning.


In the speaking module taught by Kristina, trainees explored ways to encourage speaking participation in a student-centered classroom. They looked at different activities and envisioned how to develop their own or modify other activities to fit their classroom.

The other rounds of EUEEC will take place in August, October, November, and December, so if you can’t make it to the April training, we hope to see you later in the year. As always, you can find more information and sign up on our Korean site.