Resources for beginner EPIK teachers

Starting a new job can be stressful. Starting a job that you may have no formal experience in, can be even more stressful. Here are some resources you may find helpful as you prepare/begin your journey as an English teacher through EPIK, or any other ESL position.

Lessons/Pedagogy (teaching) – Always aim to make your own lesson plans. Only use these resources as a guide, or inspiration.

  • wedding-planningLinkedIn TESOL International Association group – Whether or not you are a regular user of LinkedIn, join this group to gain insight on various teaching styles and lesson plans from ESL teachers themselves. Over 23,000 members!
  • – One of the most well-known resources for ESL (English as a second language) teachers in Korea
  • – Focuses mainly on ESL instruction in US schools but you can find a wide variety of helpful information on this website.
  • – Browse thousands of ELL (English language learner) focused lessons after free sign up.
  • – Library of printables related to grammar, vocab, listening, speaking, reading, writing, cinema and television, and even songs.
  • – ESL vocabulary lesson plans and worksheets.
  • – “Free ESL Printables, Kids Activities, Games and Online Exercises for Grammar, Vocabulary & Pronunciation.”
  • – Free worksheets, flashcards, games, lesson plans and online activities.
  • TeachersPayTeachers  – Offers both free and paid lesson plans and worksheets.

Visuals play a major role in language acquisition. Make your teaching materials more engaging with these resources. 

Images – Use these websites for images you can use in your materials

earth-globe-2Go on virtual field trips! – Instead of simply telling your students about a location, SHOW them and take them on a virtual field trip with street view enabled web maps.

Presentations – Use these to enhance your instruction

  • Prezi
  • Google Slides – Has an easy to use collaboration feature so that you can work with your co-teacher(s) remotely on creating presentations for classes.
  • PowerPoint
  • HanShow – Hancom office counterpart of PowerPoint

Classroom Management/School life

I hope you find these links useful. If you know any other ESL resources, feel free to share them in the comment box below!

Ad astra per aspera,


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