English Program in Korea; Dongju Middle School; Jurye Middle School
An English classroom should be a place that students can learn from a teacher that is showing authenticity in their lessons. Unfortunately, teachers aren’t consciously thinking about their authenticity in the classroom. In many cases, the English curriculum in place does not allow teachers the freedom to present authenticity. Therefore, students aren’t connecting with their English classes and are not learning holistically. This is a complete crime against the language. Authenticity has many faces and is a skill that foreign teachers should maintain. Authenticity is necessary for growth. This presentation’s objective is to get TESOL professionals and general educators thinking more consciously about the way that they present authenticity in their classrooms. Addressing authenticity and brainstorming methodologies that include it, are ways that we all can grow as teachers. There will be an open dialogue about the important role that authenticity plays in education; if it is a necessary characteristic of a successful instructor, and the methods that the attendees can implement going forward. Attendees will exit the presentation with newfound thoughtfulness and self-awareness in their roles as educators of not only English but of globalization. Authenticity in the Classroom is a workshop on how teachers at all levels can incorporate globalization into their curriculum. The presentation follows the research and advices of Omaima Ayoub and an insightful case-study conducted by Pedro Bruyckere. Attendees will also participate in a workshop targeting ideas on the imprint of authenticity and addresses it’s meaningfulness in EFL classrooms across the country.
Elexis Nelson is an American teacher through the EPIK program. With a BA in Linguistics and TESOL certification from the University of Michigan, Nelson uses her acquired knowledge of English to teach in public schools across Busan, South Korea. Outside of the classroom, Nelson shares Korean travel tips and vlogs with the local videography group ‘Korea in Kolor'. Nelson intertwines her desires for students’ fluency with her passions for increasing tourism and foreign residency in Busan. Through KOTESOL, Nelson intends to assist other teachers in developing new teaching tactics in the classroom.