Saturday, August 31, 2019

Welcome to BUFS TTP 2019

This is a group blog for instructors and trainees in the
Busan University of Foreign Studies Teacher Training Program.
Below is a list of course and group notes. 
Session#4 Schedule 
(July 29 ~ August 12)

 Overseas Photo Albums (Elementary Secondary
Advice for future trainees: Elementary    Secondary

Friday, August 9, 2019

The WoohooClub - Running through the finish line !

  TTP To Go

You will continue to have access to all TTP materials on the blog and Google Drive, but just in can....
  • Download all or part of Google Drive folders (Course Materials, Teaching Demonstrations, etc)
  • Download Google Photo Albums
  • Blog or Diigo any TILL sites you may want to use later.
  • Video Sampler is available in the 4ttp2019 vids Drive folder.

Final 'To Do' Reminders

Things to do after your Final Teaching Practicum

  • Please complete your lesson overview form and your activities in the TTP Kitchen.   The goal is to share useful components of your lesson with past, current, and future trainees. You do not need to post the entire lesson or copy and paste the entire overview, but please make sure to include basic procedures and materials.
  • Teaching Practicum#3 ReflectionAfter watching your video, please complete the Teaching Demonstration Assessment and Reflection Form online.

Running through the finish line:  To continue working on a task with maximum effort until after it is completed. 

Finish Line Quotes:
  • Being the first to cross the finish line makes you a winner in only one phase of life. It's what you do after you cross the line that really counts.    -Ralph Boston
  • But for each of us, isn't life about determining your own finish line?  - Diana Nyad
  • Embrace that finish matter how many other runners cross it ahead of you, it's all yours.   -Nike
  • 'Dead last' is greater than 'did not finish' which beats 'did not start.' - unknown
  • As long as you are alive, there are no real finish lines... catch your breath, stay fueled, and keep going.    - Jeff Lebow
Finish Strong! or...

The Homestretch Schedule

July 23, 24, 25,29, 30, 31:           Secondary Teaching July 30, August 6: Elementary Teaching
July 26:    The Eigenberg Method Workshop
July 31:                   TOEIC Speaking
August 5~9:                  Post-tests
August 9                 Party at The Party
August 12                 Last Day of Regular Classes
August 16: Closing Ceremony, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

    Wednesday, August 7, 2019

    Arrows Left in the Quiver

    Arrows Left in the Quiver
    Assorted items from the teaching arsenal of Jeff and former trainees. Some of these might have been briefly covered, but most have not yet been shared.

    Resource Sites

    Finding Phrases/Making Memes
      It’s good to let students see how much the key expressions are used. Or, it could be used to guess what today’s key expression is.
      검색하고 싶은 표현을 입력하면 그 표현을 포함한 다양한 영상이 연속적으로 제공됨.
      Useful site to find some expressions from the movies, make your own meme
    Collocation Resources

    Assorted Games and Activities
    App and website for converting images to text

    Word Frequency Over Time
      It is a kind of corpus where we can check how frequently certain expressions are used.
      When you enter phrases, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., "British English", "English Fiction", "French") over the selected years.
    Teaching US/British Culture
    Open Online Courses (MOOCs)  From the Social Networking Guide 

    Assorted Materials from Jeff's Speaking Topics

    The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently

    Thursday, August 1, 2019

    Your Final Writing Task


     Because of your extraordinary participation in the BUFS TTP, you have been selected to redesign the Korean education system. You have carte blanche to make any changes needed. Funding levels need to remain around current levels. You can address any aspect of the system including administrative roles, curriculum, assessment, methodology, salaries, physical infrastructure, and work culture. Please be as specific as possible and provide reasoning behind the changes you would make. Your redesign plan should be at least 300 words and submitted as a Google Doc by noon on August 6.

    In case you need to take a break from renovating Korean Education, below is a tasty buffet of writing practice activities.

     Skills Practice Activities

    More at:

    Thursday, July 25, 2019


    Stress - Discussion Questions Part 1
    1. Which of these is most stressful for you….
      (public speaking, taking a test, going on a first date, dealing with in-laws, long flights,
      open classes, work gatherings, dealing with native English speakers, ….)?
    2. What else causes you stress? (e.g. money, family, lovelife, health, future, etc.)
    3. Which social/professional situations cause you the most stress?
    4. What were the most stressful periods of your life?
    5. What were the least stressful, most care-free periods of your life?
    6. When do you feel the most relaxed or unstressed?

    Stress - Discussion Questions Part 2
    1. How does stress affect you physically & emotionally?
    2. What health consequences have you experienced because of stress?
    3. How do you usually cope with stress? Which responses are effective or not?
    4. How do you help your students cope with stress?
    5. Who’s the most/least stressed person you know?
    6. How do different members of your family deal with stress?
    7. How do you view counseling? Would you consider it as an option?
      Do you know people who have experienced it? Was it helpful?
    8. In what ways is stress helpful or positive for you?
    9. Has your attitude toward stress changed over time?
    10. What is unique or different about stress in Korea? Causes? Responses?
    11. When you’ve traveled to different countries, have you noticed anything different about how the people there deal with stress?
    12. What has been the most stressful part of TTP?