At the KOTESOL RPSIG “Day of Reflection” in 2015

I am currently working at a university in Seoul where I usually divide my time between English-focused classes (International Discussion and Professional Communication) for graduate students in international studies and seminars in simultaneous interpretation for future interpreters. Sometimes I teach classes in which I have limited or no expertise like global politics or business communication. Teacher training and development is a big interest but is sort of a hobby at the moment. I present quite a lot around Korea and am generally pretty available to present with some advanced notice and ego stroking. Here is a list of some of the workshops/presentations I have done. 

In this blog I am hoping to share and develop my thoughts about ELT and teacher development. And yes, some occasional rants.

Sometimes I write stuff in other places. Here are some examples.
On the KOTESOL site on how Korea is hub of ELT PD
In the Korea Observer on the (over) emphasis on native speakers
On the TEFL Equity on myths and stereotypes.
On Malu Sciamarelli’s blog about inspiration. 
Quite a few posts on the iTDi blog 

I will try to add more as I think of them and as they occur.

I am @michaelegriffin on twitter and my profile there once said I am an:

I am proudly involved with:
TEFL Equity Advocates 
World Learning/SIT TESOL  
The New School MATESOL program

I am also the editor/curator of the New School TESOL blog, Uncharted TESOL.

If you are still looking for more information about me this piece on the iTDi blog  might help. This profile  (pages 7 and 8 in the .pdf) in KOTESOL’s TEC News also has a lot of info. This interview  on Vicky Lloras’ blog also tells a lot about me. And this interview on the ptec page also shares a lot about my thoughts on professional development and more. Last but certainly not least, someone wrote this about me.

Any questions, please let me know


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  4. seanlords

    Hi! My name is Sean. I was wondering, do you ever publish guest posts on your site? I have some ideas for an article about different classroom games that EFL teachers can play with students. If it sounds like something you’d be interested in, let me know via e-mail and I will send the article to you as an attachment. Hope to hear from you soon!


    • mikecorea

      Hi Sean, Thanks for the message. I have actually only posted one guest post in the past and it was on a topic related to a previous post of mine. I appreciate the offer and request but I don’t usually post things like activities on my blog much (more like rants and reviews). I was thinking that maybe someone in the KELTchat community might be interested though. If you are on facebook you can find us there. Otherwise I can check for you if anyone is interested Thanks again for reading and commenting!

  5. John Arnold

    Hi Michael – my name is John Arnold and James Taylor (and Vicky Lloras) suggested that I contact you. I am the events officer for BELTA (the Belgian English Language Teachers Association – http://www.beltabelgium.be). We offer monthly webinars to our members and the at-large ELT community. Both James and Vicky thought you would be a great addition to our line-up. Could you possibly email so I could give you more particulars? Thanks!

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  9. Julie Blair

    Hi Mike,

    My name is Julie Blair, I have a language learning blog, and I was thinking of compiling a roundup post with advice from the best ESL bloggers out there. You’re an expert in this field, so I just thought it might be worth reaching out to you.

    If you are interested in being included in this Expert Q&A there are only 3 questions that shouldn’t take more than 5 minute to answer. You can also include your picture that we will use next to your answers, along with your link back to your website.

    Just click the link below to answer the questions. Once the article is up I’ll send you an email with the link.



    • mikecorea

      Hi Julie,
      Thanks very much for the interest and kind words.
      I am afraid I don’t have much to offer unfortunately.
      In the unlikely even that I’m an expert, it in some very small areas and I don’t feel comfortable talking about the whole of “ESL” especially since the vast majority of my experience has been in EFL. I am sorry I could not be more of a help. Please do let me know another time if there other things you’d like to talk about.

  10. JeffreyJeff Dillon

    Thanks for this great blog. I’ll definitely need more time, to get through all of the good reading!

  11. suniloneal34

    Awesome blog! It is really well put together. I taught (public and after-school) in Korea for a few years (back to accounting now). I look forward to going through some of your posts to reminisce about the good ol’ times. If you have any interest in free ESL “news” videos (we used to use them for private tutoring) check out my page (or youtube channel): http://www.easytalkenglish.com.

  12. ketaninkorea

    Hi, I really like your blog! I’m excited to read it (when I can) and also share some posts on my own blog. It’s important to connect as teachers from all over. We can share tips and tricks, as well as learn from each others’ experiences.

    • mikecorea

      Hi, wow. Thanks so much for saying hello and for the kind words. It is always nice to meet another blogger writing about education things from here in Korea. 🙂

      • ketaninkorea

        Exactly! I’ve been able to make all kinds of connections here in Korea through WP! I even found out a few bloggers and I have some mutual friends because we teach in Korea. What a small world, haha! 🙂

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